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Chandler's Retirement

Jun 12

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CIP 2024 Experiences

June 20, 2024

Beacon’s Career Immersion Program is an internship-driven program that places students at Central Florida area businesses so they can experience life in the workforce.


Chandler’s Math Career

June 14, 2024

Dr. Kevin Chandler developed new approaches to teaching math by grouping the students according to ability.


Chandler’s Retirement

June 12, 2024

Dr. Shelly Chandler’s send-off at Beacon was full of accolades — the most prominent being the Beacon Medal, the College’s highest honor and recognition for service to college and community.

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Featured Events

Salon Series

The Salon Speaker Series invites the Central Florida community to partake in lifelong learning through the beauty and vibrancy of performing arts to weigh new perspectives on old issues through lectures from national speakers.

Salon Series


Beacon College’s commencement will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2025, at 11 a.m. at the Brownwood Hotel & Spa, 3003 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, Florida.


Admissions Events

Deciding if a college or program is right for you is a big decision! Students and families exploring their college options are invited to learn more about Beacon through a variety of virtual event opportunities.

Virtual Events

Parents Weekend

Mark your calendar, and join us for Parents Weekend on Oct. 4-6, 2024, in Leesburg, Florida. The faculty and staff are looking forward to meeting our new families and getting reacquainted with our returning parents.

Parents Weekend

Featured Expert

Dr. A.J. Marsden, Associate Professor of Human Services and Psychology

Dr. A.J. Marsden is a former U.S. Army surgical nurse who now serves as an assistant professor of human services and psychology. She specializes in human development, emotion and attitudes, abnormal psychology, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, human sexuality, and health psychology. She has been quoted by Good Housekeeping, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Psychology Today, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Associated Press, U.S. News & World Report, and more.

In the News

Learning Differently

Featured in Florida Trend Magazine. At Beacon College in Leesburg, students navigate learning differences and disabilities to earn a college degree and prepare for a career.

How to Navigate College Admissions With a Learning Disability

Featured in U.S. News & World Report. The college admissions process can be overwhelming for any student, but it can be especially challenging for those with learning disabilities.

College, with learning differences

Featured in Campus News. Despite excelling academically in school, Benjamin Strauss faced challenges due to his learning difference. Yet, his transition to Beacon College has empowered him to pursue his passion for business management.

Best Regional Colleges South Rankings

Featured in U.S. News & World Report. These colleges focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. These rankings are split into four regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

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Beacon’s faculty experts, our unique teaching model, and our students often are featured in electronic and print media because of the college’s expertise in learning differences and other disciplines.

Reporters who wish to interview Beacon College experts or pursue stories about the college should contact the Office of College Communications at (352) 638-9789 or email dowens@beaconcollege.edu.

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