EFSC's Mission Statement
Eastern Florida State College is committed to engaging our diverse population in quality, accessible learning opportunities that successfully meet individual and community needs. To fulfill that mission, EFSC offers:
- Specified baccalaureate degree programs for the purpose of meeting district, regional or statewide workforce needs.
- Undergraduate studies and Associate Degrees for students pursuing a Baccalaureate Degree delivered in traditional face-to-face classes, partially online classes and online classes.
- Technical and vocational training for Associate Degrees and Certificates to enter the workforce, improve professional skills and develop new competencies.
- Instructional support services such as advising and career guidance.
- Activities supporting cultural enrichment, economic development, sports, wellness and quality of life.
- Workshops and classes for personal growth, developmental instruction and lifelong learning.
Eastern Florida State College, located in the heart of Florida’s Space Coast, is a co-educational, publicly supported post-secondary institution that adopted its current name on July 1, 2013 with the addition of four-year Bachelor's Degrees. Established in 1960 as Brevard Junior College, the first students — and 31 faculty members — met in the old Cocoa High school building off Forrest Avenue, since demolished.
Also established in 1960 was Carver Junior College, another two-year, publicly supported, postsecondary institution that provided educational opportunities to the African-American residents of Brevard County. In 1963, the two schools merged and BCC moved to its present location on 87 acres adjacent to Clear Lake in Cocoa. The College was renamed Brevard Community College in 1970 when the state of Florida created a system of two-year colleges.
Like many of the other Florida community colleges, BCC expanded its educational mission to provide affordable Bachelor's Degree programs, beginning with two business-related bachelor’s programs in 2013 that prompted the name change to EFSC.
More than half a century since it was founded, more than 20,000 students take classes each year on one of Eastern Florida State College's four brick-and-mortar campuses that span 544 acres throughout the county or online through Eastern Florida Online. The College’s diverse student body is made up of high school graduates, business professionals, and people who are university-bound, seeking new career paths or simply following a love of learning.
An accredited institution, EFSC is recognized as one of America's leading state colleges for quality instruction, organization and innovative, leading-edge programs. It was one of the first community colleges in the country to offer the A.A. degree online. The total number of Associate Degrees earned each year by students is in the top two percent in the nation.
A Direct Connect program between EFSC and the University of Central Florida allows for seamless transfer of credits from Eastern Florida's Associate's program to UCF's Baccalaureate program. The partnership also involves the sharing of facilities and services with UCF on EFSC's campuses, including the EFSC/UCF Joint-Use Library, one of the most technologically advanced learning resource centers in the nation.
Economic development activities are strongly supported at Eastern Florida State College and are reflected in partnerships with area businesses through customized training programs and facility-use agreements. EFSC‘s Technical and Professional Training programs and Customized Corporate Services coordinate all facets of corporate customers’ requirements, including needs assessment, specialized curriculum and training for both high-end technology and soft skills. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a federally funded organization operated through the College that offers numerous resources, services, workshops and seminars to small business owners and entrepreneurs in order to help them succeed and grow.
Since 1988, the College's Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement has empowered students, faculty and staff to serve society through community engagement that enriches learning, promotes civic literacy and contributes to the study of community needs and resources. Students can earn college credit for their volunteer service. The Center has repeatedly been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
The 2,000-seat King Center for the Performing Arts offers nationally known performances and cultural art events. A leader in science and technology, the College is home to a STEM facility on the Cocoa Campus and a state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Computer Lab on the Palm Bay Campus that combine the classroom experience with hands-on training.
Just the facts
About 18,000 students take courses annually on one of EFSC's four campuses in Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay and Titusville or online through Eastern Florida Online.
Since 1988, more than 90,000 students have collectively served more than 3 million volunteer hours through EFSC’s Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement.
EFSC has among the top graduation rates in the Florida College System and ranks high among similarly-sized colleges nationwide. The rankings include:
• 36th nationally in awarding Associate Degrees in all disciplines
• 14th nationally in awarding Associate Degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
• 28th nationally in awarding Associate Degrees in Science Technologies
• The college is also among the most affordable in the nation, with in-state tuition about $2,500 annually
EFSC has launched more than 60 new programs since 2012 with Bachelor Degrees, Associate Degrees and Certificate Programs in some of today’s fastest-growing career fields.
EFSC boosts the local and regional economies nearly $1.1 billion a year according to a statewide impact study.
College Presidents: Past & Present
• Dr. James Richey, President, 2012-Present
• Dr. James Drake, President, 2006-12
• Dr. Thomas Gamble, President, 1999-2006
• Dr. Michael Kaliszeski, Interim President, 1998-99
• Dr. Maxwell King, President, 1968-98
• Dr. Leo Muller, President, 1965-67
• Dr. J. Bruce Wilson, President, 1960-65