Beacon Welcomes Fall Semester With Record Student Enrollment

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By Richard Burnett Despite the resurgent COVID-19 wave now hitting the country, Beacon College recorded its largest enrollment in history for the 2021-22 school year, admissions leaders say. Beacon registrar Carrie Santaw confirmed that 441 students enrolled to attend Beacon in the fall semester, a 6.6% increase from fall 2020, according to the latest college […]

Internships Immerse Students In ‘Transformative’ Experience

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As a college intern, Jack Jones built his own field of dreams this summer for a parks and recreation department. And to draw from a famous line in the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams,” the memories were so thick, it was like dipping in magic waters. Jones joined more than 40 Beacon students who filled real-world jobs this summer as part of the Career Immersion Program (CIP). The three-week internships immersed them in a range of fields, including hospital human resources, information technology, web design, animal care and rescue, law enforcement, and recreation management.

Beacon Comms A Finalist Twice-Over In Radiance Awards

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Radiance Award 2021 Finalist Social Post

Beacon College has been named a finalist in two categories in the 2021 PRSA Sunshine District Radiance Awards. Presented by Publix, the Radiance Awards recognize outstanding strategic public relations programs by Florida practitioners and organizations. The statewide awards recognize the highest levels of professional achievement. The awards highlight PR campaigns and tactics that demonstrate excellence […]

Expanded Board Welcomes A Trio Of Renowned Leaders

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Their distinguished careers have taken them around the globe; their travels spanning from international capitals to small-town America. Now, after decades of milestones, their journeys have brought them to Beacon College as the newest members of the Board of Trustees.

Summer for Success: Energizing The Mind While Having Fun

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SFS At Epcot 2021

From Disney to Broadway, high students from across the country found new avenues of creativity during the 2021 edition of Summer for Success, Beacon College’s annual summer college immersion program. Joanna Shang of Baltimore, Md. and her team envisioned a new theme park where everything is based on colorful villains of Disney lore. Bill Gordon of Dallas, Tx. helped make history come alive in an original musical. And Manuel Frangis of Atlanta, Ga. peered behind the curtain of Broadway to see what makes Hamilton and Les Misérables tick.

Morris-Wood Finds Growing Audience For Retention Insights

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Alexander Morris-Wood

Alex Morris-Wood mesmerized a conference of student advisers in March with his talk about helping students navigate college life. Beacon College’s director of transition services won “best in show” for his presentation, “Factors Contributing to Poor Retention for Students with Learning Differences.”

From IBM To A New Industrial Park, O’Toole’s Name Spans Industry And Public Service

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Marlene O'Toole

Throughout her long and varied career, Marlene O’Toole’s name has shown up in a wide range of industry, advocacy, and public service. A former Florida state representative, IBM executive, nonprofit leader, and education advocate, O’Toole has prioritized people, causes, programs, and legislation. Now, her name takes top billing in the title of a new industrial park proposed for central Sumter County.

Health Care Provider Lands Milestone with Beacon Partnership

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Community Health Centers

When Dr. Debra Andree thinks of Beacon College, she often flashes back to her early days in medicine. Fresh out of med school in the early 90s, she became a pediatrician for Community Health Centers’ Leesburg location in the middle of Beacon’s downtown campus. There, she got to know the heart and soul of the city and the college — from students and faculty to the general staff.

Morris-Wood Saluted for Conference Presentation on Learning Differences

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Alexander Morris-Wood

Alexander Morris-Wood was honored last month by the NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising for his recent conference presentation on learning differences. His presentation, “Factors Contributing to Poor Retention for Students with Learning Differences,” was selected as “Best of Region” for NACADA Region 4 at the 2021 Virtual Region 7 and Region 4 Conference.