Beacon Community Mourns Former Student Killed in Military Service

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Beacon College mourns the death of a paratrooper and former student who was killed last month in a combat-related incident in southern Afghanistan. Nance attended the Cove School. The K-12 school in Northbrook, IL serves students with complex learning disabilities. Later, he briefly attended Beacon College for the 2015 spring and fall semesters.

How Often Should I Run Lose Belly Fat

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Beacon College fitness director Steven McDaniels explains how often you need to slip on your Nikes and hit the road to drop those pounds camouflaging your six-pack in this Colleen Travers’ POPSUGAR article, “How Often Should I Run To Lose Belly Fat.”

Phillip Gottdenker

| Alumni Spotlight
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.”