|Gulf Coast Community College could soon have a new name. In January the school begins offering four-year Applied Science degrees in Technology Management and some feel Gulf Coast's name should reflect that addition. So college officials are beginning the name change exploration process.
Gulf Coast Community College opened in Panama City in 1957. The next year brought the first name change, to Gulf Coast Junior College. It remained "Junior College" until 1970, when it became part of the Florida Community College System and was renamed Gulf Coast Community College. But it appears another new name may be on the horizon for the 53-year-old school.
College officials are considering the change to coincide with the new four-year degree program beginning next year. "It really makes more sense if you are going to offer a bachelor's degree, to change your name to a state college or a college and drop the community college," said Dr. Jim Kerley, the President of GCCC.
Over the years the Gulf Coast campus has grown, and that growth continues today to accommodate the new mission. Construction is already underway for the new $30 million Advanced Technology Center. When it opens in 2012, it will be the core of the college's new four-year Applied Science Degree Program in Technology Management.