Community asked for input as College explores possibility of name change

By: Chris Thomes, G-C-C-C
By: Chris Thomes, G-C-C-C

Panama City, FL – With Gulf Coast Community College less than two months away from starting its first bachelor’s degree program, the College is asking for your help.

Community input is needed as part of the process of potentially changing the College’s name to better reflect its vision and expanding programs. The College is encouraging everyone to participate by taking a few moments to complete the short online survey at

The survey is available throughout the month of November 2010 (November 1 – 30). The Name Change Oversight Committee will review and compile the survey results to present to the College President who will then make a recommendation to the District Board of Trustees.

In 2009, the Florida Legislature adopted legislation to rename the Florida Community College System as the Florida College System. Florida statutes also authorized colleges accredited to award four-year degrees to change their names to better reflect their expanding missions within their defined service districts.

Of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System, 18 have already changed their names to either “State College” or just “College,” and according to Florida Statute 1001.60, an institution in the Florida College System cannot use the designation “university.”

If you have any questions about the survey or process, or would like to request a paper survey, please contact Chris Thomes, Executive Director of Media & Community Relations, at or call (850) 747-3250.

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