NWFSC celebrates enrollment increase

Northwest Florida State College is not only celebrating the beginning of a new semester, but the college is also reporting an increase of 9 percent in year-over-year spring enrollment. This increase is the college’s second consecutive semester of enrollment growth after a six-year decline.

“Exciting things are happening at Northwest Florida State College,” said Devin Stephenson, president of the college. “This increase demonstrates an outstanding effort by our team to serve our students. Through improved processes and the addition of new programming, I am confident and excited about the future of NWF State College.”

Stephenson also noted an expedited admission process, the implementation of Degree Works software that provides students with clearer pathways to degree completion, and improved class schedule offerings to better meet the needs of students as factors contributing to the enrollment increase.

There is still time to enroll for spring semester or mini-term courses. Please contact the NWF State College Admissions Department for more details at admissions@nwfsc.edu or 850-729-6683.

College sees jump in graduation rates

For all students who enroll in college, the goal is to complete with the diploma or credential of their choice. However, many students complete their credits and leave college without actually completing the graduation application process.

In order to help its students complete the graduation process, Northwest Florida State College has implemented an Auto Grad system.

“To ‘auto grad’ means that when students have completed the credits that they need to graduate they are noted as a graduate in our system even if they have already left the college,” said Devin Stephenson, president of the college.

By implementing this process, NWFSC has seen a 27 percent increase in graduates from Fall 2016 (483) to Fall 2017 (615). The Auto Grad function also eliminates the need for students to formally declare their graduation, which is often a point of confusion.

“By adding this process, we are not only assisting our students, but improving upon our internal processes,” Stephenson said. “Ultimately, our students and their success come first. Adding this process is one more way that we can ensure that our students are successful in our local workforce.”