Phillip Gottdenker

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Philip Gottdenker

Phillip Gottdenker is a happy guy. The 2003 Beacon College graduate has a job he loves, a wife he loves, and a lifestyle that suits his relaxed approach to life.

Gottdenker He learned about Beacon while at boarding school.

“I loved going to Beacon,” he says. “It taugh me how to communicate, how to be more patient, and how to thrive in life. There was always someone there if you had questions about anything.”

“My main job is social media, to advertise our company,” Gottdenker says.

The company is Down Home Property Management in Oxford, Fla. Owned by his wife, Stacey, and her mother, Down Home specializes in the management of vacation and long-term rental homes in The Villages retirement community.

As the company’s manager of social media, “I do the ‘house of the week’ on Facebook, and I promote our company on all the social media websites,” Gottdenker says.

Beacon College Workforce Advocates Appear on NPR Affiliate

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NPR Interview - Esteban Lopez

Matt Peddie, assistant news director at Orlando’s NPR affiliate 90.7 WMFE and host of WMFE’s “Intersection” program, interviewed Beacon College’s director of corporate and academic outreach Esteban Lopez and career development instructor Jeremy Neilson about the college’s efforts to boost neurodiversity in the workplace and expand career options for collegians here and abroad who learn […]

Beacon College Earns Top Honors from Prestigious College Service

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A leading national educational services company moved Beacon College to the head of the class of its new ranking of the best higher education institutions in the United States for collegians with learning disabilities. In its report released last week, Peterson’s, a top academic publisher and post-secondary resource, ranked the college No. 1 on its […]

Beacon College Rates in Top 3 in Two New National Rankings

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Beacon College continued its streak of landing in the top-tier of U.S. colleges and universities for educating students with disabilities as two higher-Ed evaluating services ranked Beacon No. 1 and No. 3 respectively in new polls judging schools with disability programs. Two years ago, Best Value Schools graded Beacon tops in its “20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities 2017-2018” ranking. In its 2019 follow-up, Best Value Schools again judged Beacon College No. 1.

Hagerty Offers Gator Grads Parting Advice at UF Ceremony

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Beacon College President George J. Hagerty challenged graduates of the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions to pursue a life and career through which “your reality will be more magnificent than your dreams” during the school’s spring 2019 Graduation Recognition Ceremony.

Jacob Arlington

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Jacob Arlington graduated Beacon College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology. Yet, for someone who’d chosen a field famous for getting into people’s heads, he couldn’t diagnose his next steps after graduation.

“After graduating from Beacon, I didn’t really know what I was going to do with my life after college,” the 24-year-old from Jacksonville, Fla. said. “I had a summer job lined up but that was seasonal work, and he had “toyed around with joining the Peace Corps.”

Enter mom and dad. “They sent me a link talking about AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps,” he said. “I applied, was accepted, and the rest is history.”

Beacon College Commencement Salutes Record Class, Social Justice Advocates

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Beacon College Class of 2019

Beacon College capped a year that began with record enrollment by celebrating the school’s largest graduating class May 4, 2019 at Lake Receptions in Mount Dora, Fla. during its 30th Commencement. The Class of 2019 boasted a long list of high-achievers. That included Sean Patrick Keenan (3.98 grade point average), Kaitlin Rose Jackson (3.96 GPA), Serena Ray Partlow (3.98 GPA), and Alejandro Javier Montes (3.94 GPA) who posted the highest grade point averages in their respective departments.

Employee Spotlight: Donna Martin

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Donna Martin

Donna Martin Director of Special Projects Q: You previously worked for Beacon. What brought you back? A: When I left Beacon College in 2015 I wanted to explore opportunities in local government. At the City of Mount Dora, in the Planning & Development Office, learning about upcoming municipal growth was interesting. The planning and considerations […]

Beacon Student Helps Bloggers Find their Voices through Online Portal

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Zamale Chinye

For better or worse, the Internet has democratized sharing ideas and influencing hearts on a global scale at the speed of a mouse click. Zamaie Chinye craved a piece of the action. Rather, Chinye, a writer, blogger, full-time student at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla., and owner of the creative lifestyle blog ZamaieWrites, wanted to […]

Annual Beacon College Job Fair Offers Career Leads, Networking Opportunities

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2019 Beacon College Spring Job Fair

Wrigley Mullen had everything she needed. Dark business suit. A folder stuffed with five resumes. Her go-getter attitude. What Mullen — a senior business technology major at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. — didn’t have lined up yet was … a job. She hoped to address that deficiency earlier this month at the college’s Annual Job Fair.