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New National Ranking Names Florida’s Beacon College No. 1 Value for College Students with Learning Disabilities

Beacon College offers the best program and best value among schools with programs for students with learning disabilities or other special needs, according to new national ranking. Beacon College was rated No. 1 in’s ranking of the “20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities 2017-2018.”

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Beacon College Board of Trustees Win Nason Award

The board of trustees at Beacon College is among five winners of the 2017 AGB John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership presented by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. AGB recognized the board for its bold and dynamic leadership weathering a difficult recent presidential transition. Led by former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a panel of seven presidents and board members chose the trustees at Beacon College from a record pool of nearly 70 candidates.

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Jamar Butler

Jamar Butler, Beacon College Alumnus

Butler, a 2009 graduate of Beacon College, started work as a cybersecurity analyst with the Southern Command in 2011. In between, he worked for a Fort Lauderdale telecommunications company as an assistant support specialist. At the Southern Command, Butler started out as an intern and then was hired as a contractor. Soon thereafter, he was brought on as a full-time employee of the government.

Butler had been interested in computers before attending Beacon, he says, but not enough to imagine himself in a technology career. Then he discovered Beacon’s “extraordinary” computer information systems program. “After I dipped into computers, I kept going at it, kept reading, tinkering, taking them apart and putting them together,” he recalls.

Happy Holidays from Beacon College

Happy Holiday 2017

The ability to learn with passion, purpose and confidence is one of life’s greatest joys. At Beacon College, we are privileged to accompany students who learn differently on their journey of life and learning. This holiday season, we offer you a digital glimpse into the journey taken by our students who learn differently. Holiday Greetings […]

Beacon Anthropologist Speaks to a Fading Heritage He’s Desperate to Preserve

2017 Canoe Summit

In his quest to preserve traditional indigenous culture in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Beacon College anthropologist Dr. Stefan Krause returned earlier this month from his stint as a speaker and collaborator at a historic Canoe Summit there. The summit was convened in advance of the 8th Annual Canoe Festival in Yap State, FSM […]

Beacon In Tuscany Students Wrap Up Fall Semester

Villa Rucellae Group

I take time out from packing to compose one of the last newsletters of the Fall 2017 semester from Prato, Italy. Since the last posting we have kept up the pace of our exploration and visited several places worth noting.

We traveled back to Florence to visit the famous Basilica di Santa Croce. Aside from its being a magnificent structure, it is also the burial place for some of Italy’s most famous citizens: Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo, Rossini, Ghiberti and many more.

Rome and Beyond

Beacon Students at Colloseum

On November 4 we packed up and left Prato for a 4-day adventure in Rome. This is good practice for the trip back to the U.S. early next month! We caught the train to Florence and transferred to a fast Italo train to Roma. We occupied the better part of one entire car and enjoyed the ride through the Tuscan countryside into the Lazio region. The first order of business was getting checked into the hotel Ghiberti, well-located near the train station and surrounded by restaurants and shops. We did not linger, however, there was much to see and miles to walk.

Student News

Students Get Their Kicks En Route to Kickball Domination of Staffers

Beacon Kickball 2017

In the latest annual athletic battle royal pitting Beacon College students versus staffers, both sides got their kicks. In the end, however, youth was served — and, in current parlance, staffers got served — as students beat staffers 19-11 in the Students vs. Staff Kickball game. The game, played, December 14, was the first night […]

Beacon College Students’ Research To Be Included In Psychological Association E-Book

Matt Czachur

Research that a Beacon College student and a recent graduate presented this spring at a prestigious psychological conference will be collected in the organization’s edited electronic book, the group recently announced. The distinction goes to Matt Czachur, a senior, and Venus Beulah, a spring 2017 graduate, said Dr. A.J. Marsden, assistant professor of human services […]

Beacon College Names 2017-18 ICUF Presidential Fellows

Two students with diverse backgrounds will learn grassroots lobbying while representing Beacon College as the school’s 2017-18 ICUF Presidential Fellows. Ary Brown and Samantha R. Chavez were tapped from pool of candidates to represent Beacon College in the statewide program. The Presidential Fellows program is a campaign of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida […]

Beacon College Frees Teens’ Inner Picasso with Second Annual Art Fest

Arts Festival 2017 Hands

LEESBURG, FL — Even as American schools focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Beacon College is STEAMing ahead with engaging Lake County students in artistic expression and highlighting the college’s budding artists with the school’s Second Annual Beacon College Arts Festival. After a one-year absence, the festival — which debuted in 2015 — […]

Beacon College Student Researchers Share Findings at National Psychology Conference

Venus Beulah and Matt Czachur

On April 6, Venus Beulah and Matt Czachur shared research they conducted in Dr. A.J. Marsden’s “Research Design” course and had submitted for consideration for the conference. Judges selected their work — which was featured during the conference’s opening ceremonies — from almost 500 research submissions that included not only undergraduate and graduate students, but […]