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Brevard Community College
Brevard Community College.gif
Motto "Quality Education & Higher Learning for all of Brevard"
Established 1960
Type Public
President Dr. James A. Drake
Staff 185
Undergraduates 14,616
Location Brevard County, Florida, USA
Campus Suburban
Athletics 6 major sports teams
Mascot Titans
Website www.brevardcc.edu

Brevard Community College, founded in 1960, is a community college on Florida's Space Coast, in Brevard County, Florida. It has four integrated campuses in Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Titusville, as well as an Aerospace program at Kennedy Space Center and a Virtual Campus. BCC is a member institution of the Florida College System.

Most of BCC's students take part in its Associate in Arts transfer program. In 2007, BCC was listed 21st in the nation in awarding AA degrees.[1]

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Administration

The president's office, and therefore the college's headquarters, is on the Cocoa campus.

A four-day summer workweek, instituted in 2008, has proved popular.[2]

Academic

BCC Melbourne Campus

Transfer and articulation partnerships between BCC and the University of Central Florida, a joint initiative called "DirectConnect," and with the Florida Institute of Technology, whose TechTrack program guarantees the admission of BCC graduates who wish to transfer to Florida Tech, make possible the seamless transfer of credits from BCC's Associate's program to these and other four-year institutions.[citation needed] The BCC-UCF partnership also involves the sharing of facilities and services with UCF on BCC's campuses, including the BCC/UCF Joint-Use Library.

In 2009, there were 19.7 students per class, average.[3]

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Other Programs

WENDI, training for self-esteem and career, is a program operated by BCC for women newly seeking employment outside the home.[4]

The college include the Law Enforcement Academy which trains people for employment in local law enforcement positions. There are about 25-30 students.[5]

Cultural

The 2,000-seat Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, on the Melbourne BCC campus, offers performances and cultural art events. The Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory, on the Cocoa BCC campus, features one of the largest public-access telescopes in Florida[citation needed] as well as large-format movies, laser light shows, and other presentations.

The Titusville campus contains the John Henry Jones Gymnatorium, used for performing arts as well as athletic events.

The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, owned by BCC, offers musical and dramatic productions featuring local and regional performers, and is also host to a "Stars of Tomorrow" program for the development of local performing-arts talent.

WBCC TV is a non-commercial educational television station operated by BCC. WBCC TV broadcasts educational, cultural, and informational materials and telecourses of special interest.

The Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Multicultural Center commemorates the lives and work of the Moores, African-American community leaders who lived and worked in Brevard County, martyr-pioneers of the civil rights era.

History

In 1973, Theatre 360 was started to support a "World Religions" program. A professor traveled the world, gathering information on various religions. He used this information and both pictures and film he took, to immerse the student in a multimedia experience of religion.[citation needed] It was discontinuted in 1998.

Athletics

BCC's Athletic teams are nicknamed the Titans and participate in softball, baseball, women's basketball, men's basketball, men's golf, and women's volleyball. They participate with the Florida Community College Activities Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association. The BCC men's golf program has won seven National Junior College Championships since 1969.[6] The men's baseball program has won two state championships.[citation needed]

YMCA

A local YMCA has its facilities at the Cocoa campus.[7]

Notable alumni

Alumni Notability
Paul Azinger PGA Tour golfer, 1993 PGA Championship winner
Bruce Bochy Major League Baseball manager
Warren Bolster Notable skateboard photographer, published by Skateboarder magazine and Surfer Magazine
Steve Crisafulli Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Darrell Hammond Former BCC Baseball player and cast member for Saturday Night Live (1995-2008)
Steve Lamontagne 1986 BCC graduate, PGA Tour golfer[8]
Pete Marino Former Major League Soccer player
Bill Posey 1969 graduate of BCC, US Representative
Carlos Reyes Major League Baseball player (1994-2003)
Mandy Romero Major League Baseball Player (1997-2003) for San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies.
Sean Wideberg Attended in 2006. Notable collegiate baseball player

Footnotes

  1. ^ Florida Department of Education statistics
  2. ^ Florida Today retrieved June 20, 2008
  3. ^ Spitzer, Michelle (2 April 2009). "BCC tight, but welcomes more". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 1A. 
  4. ^ Brevard Community College
  5. ^ Camodeca, Sara (8 January 2010). "69 graduate from police academy". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 1B. http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100108/NEWS01/1080318/1006/69+graduate+from+BCC+s+police+academy. 
  6. ^ GolfProg_Nov07.indd
  7. ^ Florida Today, "Cocoa holds off on YMCA", January 23, 2008
  8. ^ Results on PGA Tour's official site

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Coordinates: 28°10′11.90″N 80°40′8.08″W / 28.169972°N 80.6689111°W / 28.169972; -80.6689111


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