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New president, new programs for Seminole State as 2018-19 academic year nears

Fall Term starts Aug. 21. Here's a look at what's new for the 2018-19 academic year.

From new programs to Dr. Georgia Lorenz beginning her tenure as president of Seminole State College of Florida, there are a lot of exciting happenings on the horizon at Seminole State for the 2018-19 academic year.   

Fall Term classes start Aug. 21, and students can apply online. The admissions application deadline for Full and A sessions is Aug. 14. Two more sessions will begin in September and October, giving prospective students more options to pursue their education.  

“We encourage students to apply to Seminole State as early as possible to help ensure the best class selection,” says Pamela Mennechey, associate vice president of student recruitment and enrollment. “By doing so, students can get a head start on registering, allowing them a better chance at tailoring their schedules with the flexibility to enroll in classes that fit their needs. We also offer over 40 online classes.”

For more information regarding important admissions dates, including financial aid application deadlines, please visit the Fall Term 2018 academic calendar.  

New President of Seminole State  

Dr. Georgia Lorenz, who Seminole State’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved as president-elect in April, began her tenure as the College’s third president to succeed Dr. E. Ann McGee on Aug. 1. Her previous work experience includes serving as dean of Instructional Services and vice president of Academic Affairs at Santa Monica College in California.

In the coming weeks, she will meet with members of the College community as well as industry and community partners to gather a wide range of perspectives. She has noted that she has great ambitions for Seminole State and is eager to build on the College’s strong foundation.

New Programs and Courses

Courses expanded at Heathrow Campus
Courses offered at Seminole State’s Heathrow Campus have expanded for the fall, allowing students to build a full-time course schedule at that campus.  In the past, only a few arts and sciences classes have been offered there, making it necessary for students to  supplement their schedules with classes on another campus or online. This term, there are 14 arts and sciences classes offered, allowing students to complete General Education requirements without leaving the Heathrow Campus.  For a full list of classes offered at the College’s Heathrow Campus, visit the Heathrow Campus website.

Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Health Sciences
Discussions with industry partners and advisory committees regarding current and future workforce demands, provided Seminole State with compelling evidence of the need to offer an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Health Sciences. The A.S in Health Sciences degree serves as a feeder into the College’s growing Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Health Sciences. The A.S program will launch in Spring 2019 at the College’s Lee Campus at Oviedo and will prepare students for careers as home health aides and certified nursing assistants, directly addressing a need to fulfill employment opportunities within the industry.

Medical Office Management Certificate
The Medical Office Management Certificate will also launch in Spring 2019.  Students may enroll in this program as a stand-alone certificate. However, the certificate program is also upward compatible with the A.S. in Health Sciences. The certificate is a 32-credit hour program focusing on understanding the complexities of healthcare insurance regulations and payment systems. Within the certificate program, students will also complete a cooperative education internship within a healthcare setting, allowing students to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. 

Introduction to Criminal Forensics
For the first time ever, Seminole State is offering Introduction to Criminal Forensics. This hybrid course will be taught 80 percent online and includes three hands-on labs:  Fingerprinting, Blood Spatter and DNA/Crime Scene Processing. Labs will be held in the Center for Public Safety at the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. There are no additional lab fees. This course can be taken as an elective in the Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology.

Smart Start at Seminole State
This new initiative, offered to first-year students at the College’s Lee Campus at Oviedo, was designed to create a clear and convenient path to on-time degree completion. This program tailors the educational experience for students, including a custom-made course schedule, engaging professors and small class sizes. The program also incorporates built-in time for social events, advising and tutoring. For more information on the Smart Start program, including the application deadlines and requirements, visit the Smart Start webpage. 

Here are a few more noteworthy developments for Fall Term:

  • The renovation of the first and second floors of building L on the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus has begun. A construction fence has been installed to control access to the site. This will impact pedestrian traffic patterns around building L, so students, faculty and staff should be aware of other available routes and allow extra time to get to their destination. Faculty and staff volunteers will be on hand to point the way during the first two days of classes. The work is expected to be completed in July 2019 with the renovated spaces opening to the public in Fall Term 2019.
  • Seminole State’s Athletics Department now has men’s and women’s cross country as part of its sports programs. The teams will begin competing in the fall. The schedule is highlighted by a home meet at the Lee Campus at Oviedo on Sept. 29, and a trip to Tallahassee for a meet hosted by Florida State University on Oct. 12. Both teams are still recruiting athletes. For information about joining the cross-country teams, contact Head Coach Octavius Clark.
  • For the seventh consecutive year, Seminole State will not raise tuition for Fall Term.

Fall Term classes start Aug. 21. You can apply online.


About Seminole State College of Florida: Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida and online. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 100,000 credentials, from bachelor's degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate.

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