A.S. to B.S. Online at Seminole State

Seminole State offers a clear pathway to a bachelor’s in three years. All online. Part-time. Experienced, real-world faculty.


Build a bright future for yourself with a four-year degree in construction from Seminole State. Headed by the Wharton-Smith Center for Construction, part of the Seminole State School of Engineering, Design and Construction, this program focuses as heavily on classwork as it does real site visits and practical application - giving you a strong foundation in this always in-demand job market.
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Health Sciences

Management & Professional Services

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) is focused on career advancement for current practitioners by providing the skills, competencies, and values needed to advance and professionally contribute the evolving heath care industry.
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Information Systems Technology

Cyber Security Specialization

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology (B.S.I.S.T.) degree program provides students with the knowledge required to direct and control computerized information resources within diverse organizational settings.
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Learn from Real-World Experience

Our faculty and staff are Scholar-Practitioners who bring real-world work experience to education in a unique in college/university environment. All full-time faculty are:

  • Academically credentialed
  • Experienced industry professionals
  • Professionally licensed/credentialed in their field
  • Many instructors are or have been senior leaders from national/global companies

Wharton-Smith Center for Construction and Center for Architecture and Interior Design

Tan Qu

Tan Qu, PhD, PE, LEED AP

Program Manager

  • Licensed professional engineer in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina
  • LEED Accredited professional
  • 15 years as a civil engineer and senior project manager for local & national firms
  • Expertise in Design/Build and a research focus in wireless/remote communication technologies for construction site use
  • Doctorate in Design, Construction and Planning from the University of Florida, Master of Science in Construction Management from the Harbin Institute of Technology and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Huazhong University

Christy Graves

Christy Graves, PSM

Program Manager, Engineering Technology

  • Florida-licensed Professional Surveyor and Mapper
  • Practical experience in road and bridge design, street, water and sewer improvement projects, digital mapping and surveying
  • Worked with environmental scientists to ensure restoration of ranches to valuable wetlands surrounding Walt Disney’s Celebration community
  • Presenter on Cloud data and Civil Engineering 3D visualization
  • Masters of Geographic Information Systems from Penn State University and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from Kansas State University

Kirk Sawyer

Kirk Sawyer, MSEE

Professor, Engineering Technology

  • Professional engineer with over 25 years of engineering practice
  • Specialist in aerospace engineering, mechatronics, and hardware/ software systems.
  • Major responsibilities have included
  • CFO for over $650M Information Technology Engineering company
  • Lead Engineer for $500+M Aerospace Systems firm
  • Mechanical Engineer for a $50+M Chemical Defense Systems/R&D Lab
  • Holds MBA from Rollins College
  • Earned MS in Electrical Engineering from University of South Florida, and
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology

Cecilia Larsson

Cecilia Larsson, PhD

Professor, Engineering Technology

  • Experienced engineering materials researcher and practitioner
  • Worked with Volvo Aero, SAAB Military Aircraft, Propart-Ponar-Remo and PLM
  • Published in Materials Science and Engineering, A Scripta Materialia, International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials
  • Presenter and researcher at national conferences including: TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition, the Annual Denver X-ray Conference, the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Grant recipient from the Sweden-America Foundation, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the Axel Hultgrens Foundation for Scientific Experiments at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and the Neutron Scattering Society of America
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Doctorate in Engineering Materials from Linköping University, Sweden.

Health Sciences

Robert McGraw

Robert McGraw, DHSc

Professor/Program Manager

  • Licensed Florida paramedic
  • 26 years’ experience as a field paramedic, command officer, manager, and educator
  • AHA BCLS, ACLS, and NAEMT PHTLS provider and instructor; University of Miami Advanced Stroke and Acute Coronary provider and instructor
  • Patient care experience includes 911, inter-facility, and critical care transport of both medical and trauma patients of all age groups
  • Served as Consultant to develop Advanced Life Support (ALS) systems
  • An Endowed Teaching Chair recipient and three-time recognized EMS Instructor of the Year award honoree, Dr. McGraw helps to bring health science to life in the online environment
  • Doctorate of Health Science, Nova Southeastern University; Bachelor’s in Health Administration, University of Phoenix

Lance Leider

Lance Leider, JD

Adjunct Professor, Health Sciences

  • Practicing Attorney in Health Law
  • Certified in Administrative and Health Law
  • Member of the Florida Bar Association
  • Represents individual providers and small to mid-sized healthcare practices and facilities before Federal and State agencies
  • Brings current legal issues facing the healthcare system, and their impact on healthcare delivery, into the classroom
  • Juris Doctorate, Barry University
  • Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Political Science, Univ. of Florida

Center for Information Technology

Craig Tidwell

Craig Tidwell, PhD

Professor/Program Manager

  • Program manager for UCF Regional Campuses and Faculty member in the Management Information Systems Department in the College of Business at UCF for 10 years
  • 25 years’ of College teaching experience in Florida and in North Carolina in the information technology fields (from programming, networking, database, systems, etc.)
  • Over 15 years working on National Science Foundation grants, serving as principle investigator and co-principle investigator on several large NSF technology grants and as a peer grant reviewer for both the NSF and HED in Washington, DC.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Modeling and Simulation from the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from California State University East Bay, Master of Science in Business from the University of North Carolina, Master of Science in Management Information Systems from UCF

School of Engineering, Design, and Construction

Michael D. Staley

Michael D. Staley, PE, M.Engr.

Associate Vice President

  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE)
  • 25 years' engineering design experience in commercial, industrial, aerospace and theme park projects
  • 12 years' teaching, and leading, engineering, design and construction programs at Seminole State College of Florida
  • Practicing engineer and educator, working closely with industry partners to bring emerging trends into instructional programs
  • Creating project-based, cross-disciplinary learning through community service
  • Notable community projects engaging engineering, design and construction students
  • Design, build and test quadcopter drones to fly pizza onto campus during engineering summer camps
  • First Code Compliant Tiny House design in the state of Florida. The design/build tiny house project was completed for a disabled veteran.
  • Design and build tiny homes as a viable affordable housing solution
  • Bathroom remodel for disabled veteran
  • International service learning project high in the Andes mountains in Peru to decrease child mortality
  • Papers published and presented at National Science Foundation Conferences, NASA 44th Space Congress, League of Innovation Technology, International Hi-Tech and High Performance Building conferences, PMI Doctoral Colloquium, IEEE Network Security and IRNOP
  • Doctor of Engineering Candidate with the University of Hertfordshire (UK), Master of Engineering from Norwich University, BA Natural Science/Mathematics from Thomas Edison State University, MBA from University of Phoenix, Project Management training from CalTech.

Wharton-Smith Center for Construction and Center for Architecture and Interior Design

Cheryl Knodel

Cheryl Knodel, RID, NCIDQ


  • Licensed interior designer
  • 25 years’ design experience in corporate offices, medical, and hospitality design
  • 12 years’ teaching, and leading, design and construction programs at Seminole State
  • Active practitioner, working closely with industry partners to bring emerging trends into instructional programs
  • Promotes project-based, cross-disciplinary learning through community service
  • Notable community projects engaging design and construction students
  • Bathroom re-design & renovation to accommodate disabled veteran
  • Kitchen re-design for client with adult autistic children
  • Complete design and build of tiny house
  • Master of Science in Architecture from University of Nebraska, Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Florida State University

Center for Engineering and Computer Technology

Leon Portelli

Leon Portelli, PMP


  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Experienced industry professional in engineering with Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, and Harris Corporation.
  • Chair of Florida Department of Education committee to redesign the curriculum framework for the Network Systems Technology degree
  • Principal Investigator for the Digital Media Banner Center, a workforce Florida grant, and Co-Principal Investigator for NSF projects
  • Tri-Regional Information Technology (Tri-IT) a research grant which addresses gender inequality in IT and other STEM fields
  • Network Virtualization ATE project (iNoVATE) to develop new technology curriculum and provide instructor training in the area of virtualization
  • Master of Science in Management with a specialization in Information Systems, BS in Electrical Engineering

Health Sciences

Molly Yanni

Molly Yanni, EdD

Interim Dean

  • Over ten years’ experience in healthcare program development
  • Managed grants totaling $1.5M with a primary focus to introduce simulation into Seminole State’s healthcare programs, including patient simulators
  • Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Central Florida
  • Master of Science in Animal Science, with a focus on animal nutrition, from the


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