Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Florida House announces committee assignments

The 2017-2018 Committee and Subcommittee assignments have been selected by Speaker Richard Corcoran (R, Land O’Lakes). Representative Mel Ponder (R, Destin) was named vice chairman of the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee and remains on the Education Committee; Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee; PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee; and the local, federal and veterans affairs subcommittee.

“I am so humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve the state and House District 4 in this capacity," Ponder said. "I know our local college, Northwest Florida State, has needs as well as other colleges and universities in our region. I believe being in this position allows me to have even a stronger voice in helping them in Tallahassee, as well as helping our already successful college and university systems become even stronger throughout the state.”

NWFSC enrolls record number of students in RN program

Northwest Florida State College has 156 students enrolled in the nursing associate degree program, the largest in school history.

“Through the dedication and hard work of our outstanding faculty and staff and with the support of the college administration, we have been able to expand our ASN Program by accepting more students this fall than we ever have before,” said Director of Nursing Dr. Charlotte Kuss. “Additionally, through focused efforts on retention and success, we have the highest number of students who are beginning the second year of our program.”

The Associate in Nursing program at NWFSC has been awarded national accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Pridgen participates in Cooperative Education

University of Alabama student Chasen Pridgen of Destin participated in the Cooperative Education Program during the summer of 2017 through VT Miltope.

In the program, students alternate periods of full-time study with periods of full-time employment. While in school, students carry regular course schedules. While on co-op, they work with professionals in their fields who supervise their training and work.

At work, co-op students earn competitive salaries and may receive benefit packages in addition to valuable on-the-job experience. Students maintain their full-time student status while at work and have priority registration status each semester through graduation.

Spencer recognized as Florida Legal Elite

Crystal Collins Spencer was recently recognized in the 2017 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite.

The list of 1,080 honorees included private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys. Spencer, who limits her practice to marital and family law, has been a member in good standing with the Florida Bar for more than 31 years. Of the 1,080 attorney honorees, only 41 honorees state-wide were named in the field of marital and family law. Spencer is the only attorney in Northwest Florida named to the list in that field.

In addition to being recognized by Florida Trend, Spencer was again named as a Florida Super Lawyer. Only 5 percent of attorneys are chosen for this recognition.