||Polk State College
||Community College Avg.
||Four or more years
||At least 2 but less than 4 years
|Instructional Staff Total
Finances and Admission
|In-State Tuition Fees
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Polk Community College is located in Polk County, Florida. It began classes in 1964. The main campus is located in Winter Haven. In 1988, a second campus was opened in Lakeland. Total enrollment is about 9,000 credit students and 11,000 non-credit students, served by a staff of about 100 full-time faculty members
In 1968, PCC opened its Winter Haven campus on a 100-acre site on the shores of Lake Elbert. The original campus consisted of four permanent buildings: Learning Resources (WLR), Science (WSC) Multi-Services (WMS), a shower/locker room and six portables. In 1969, a snack bar was opened. It eventually was expanded into the Student Center (WST). Over the years, a Health Center/Gym (WHC), Administration (WAD) and Fine Arts (WFA) buildings have been added. In 1999, the eighth building on the Winter Haven campus opened. It is a 6,000 square foot Rehabilitative Health building, which houses the Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs.
PCC's Corporate College is also the ideal setting for working professionals to stay up-to-date in their fields. Another option is our Collegiate High School, which offers qualified high school students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and college degree concurrently. PCC also offers college preparatory courses and comprehensive academic support services and resources, as well as a newly established Honors Program.
Polk Community College's Associate in Arts (AA) programs are parallel and equal to those offered in the state university system. Approximately 65% of PCC's graduates earn AA degrees and are guaranteed admission as juniors to Florida's universities and private colleges. The College also has Associate in Science (AS) degrees and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees leading directly to employment. In addition, several certificate programs and continuing education classes are offered by PCC.