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SCC announces name change

SCC will change its name as the mission of the College expands to include a four-year degree, SCC President Dr. E. Ann McGee announced today. The 44-year old institution is reaching out to students, alumni and Central Florida residents to ask for suggestions for a new name.

Through Sept. 1, ideas for SCC's new name can be submitted on the College's Web site.
 
SCC's District Board of Trustees plans to consider the suggestions at its meeting on Sept. 21. The new name chosen by the Board will be submitted to the Florida Legislature for approval during next spring's legislative session.

"We want everyone's input as we begin this exciting new chapter in our history," McGee said during a kickoff event at the College's Heathrow Campus. "Just as our name changed in 1975 from Seminole Junior College to Seminole Community College, we feel it is appropriate to change our name now that we are offering a bachelor's degree within the new Florida College System."

Last year, the Florida Legislature created the Florida College System and empowered the state's community colleges to change their names when adding four-year degrees.

With SCC beginning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design program in January, the College joins 13 others statewide that offer bachelor's degrees in addition to associate degrees.

After the Sept. 1 online submission deadline, a Name Review Committee will narrow down all name submissions and make recommendations that can be forwarded to the Board of Trustees. The committee has student, faculty, staff, alumni and community representation.
 
"We want this committee -- and the entire name selection process to be as inclusive as possible," McGee said.

About Seminole Community College: SCC was chartered in July 1965 as Seminole Junior College and became Seminole Community College in 1975. SCC operates six sites in Seminole County, Florida, including its original campus at Sanford/Lake Mary and campuses in Altamonte Springs, Heathrow and Oviedo. SCC is one of the fastest growing two-year colleges in the nation, and has annual enrollments of more than 32,000.
 
The College is now accepting applications for its first four-year degree, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design, which begins in January.

For more information, or to submit your name suggestion, visit SCC's name change Web site.
 
Photo top left: Dr. McGee announces SCC's plan to change its name during a press conference on Aug. 3.
 
Photo bottom: Alex Lambis, SGA president for SCC's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, is among the first to submit his suggestion for the College's new name.

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