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Good luck to our students beginning their Finals week.

As always we are here to provide you with your necessary accommodations and ask you to be patient as you work with us during this busy time of the semester.

ADA 2011 Compliance Deadlines & Updates Webinar

ADA Compliance and Deadlines Handouts

Handouts from the ADA 2011 Compliance & Updates Webinar. Image courtesy Tamara Nguyen.

Today, your friendly staff at Disability Support Services at Gulf Coast Community/State College attended a webinar focused on ADA 2011 Compliance Deadlines and Updates. There are some exciting changes happening in the legal world of disability, beginning with the lowering of the clinical bar for disability diagnosis and the inclusion of a variety of medical, cognitive, and emotional conditions for coverage of disability support services in the category of Life Activities. There was also discussion on the many ways in which the program of disability support and learning services can be of assistance to our returning veterans in their endeavor of degree seeking, for which returning to a traditional classroom or educational institution may become a stressor. The webinar was informative and discussed many of the new changes, the new litigations of ADAAA, and the implementation deadlines for these new policies. Our own program has begun implementing many of these new policies and procedures and will continue to do so as higher education institutions across the nation prepare for this new transition.

Campus Safety looks at mobility-disabled needs


The Evacu-Trac. Image via Garaventa.

Recently members of our department have had the opportunity to view and demo some of the equipment that our Safety department have been considering as part of their disaster preparedness plan. We were then able to give our own feedback on the equipment and the needs we saw necessary to meet when crises occur.

Two of the pieces of equipment looked at were the Evacu-Trac by Garaventa and the Model 6523 by Stryker.

Both chairs are designed for emergency transportation for persons with a mobility-related disability as well as for use in transporting individuals who may have been injured.

Stryker Model 6253

Stryker Model 6253. Image via Stryker.

Primarily, the purpose of either chair is to transport an injured or mobility-disabled individual downstairs in a multt-story building safely during an emergency situation.

For information on the chair’s design and how it functions you can visit Garaventa for info on the Evacu-Trac or Stryker for info on the Model 6253, or click on the links provided.

It’s always nice to know that the college is constantly working towards a safe campus in all situations, but its even nicer to know that the campus is equally concerned for the safety needs of its disabled students and visitors.

Call to Action:Preserve Critical Federal Funding for Education

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If you have been keeping up with the latest happenings in the Florida Legislature — and if you haven’t been, then here’s a good place to start — then you know that one of the biggest topics of concern being discussed are several legislative acts designed to cut the funding in several areas of education. Florida has been in a state of education crisis for the past couple of years, seeing budget cut after budget cut that GCCC/GCSC has been valiantly working to buffer the impact these cuts have on our students and faculty and staff. Even still, tuition costs have risen and the need to stimulate dollars for campus operation has forced the campus to get creative, such as the imposed paid parking permits.

But early Saturday morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own legislation, H.R. 1, that reduced spending for the current federal fiscal year 2011 by almost $100 billion.

To put this in a more personally-understood relation, this deep reduction puts a pretty devestating cut to the Pell Grant program — an area of the most importance for our students. With the cuts, maximum grant would drop by $845 for the award year starting July 1. In effect, students would be responsible for this cut by the cost of tuition rising $845. That would have a total impact on about two million needy students who rely on the Pell Grant, and would negate all the hard won increases in the maximum grant that has been secured over the last four years — including President Obama’s Education Reconciliation Act, which increased the Pell Grant scholarship award.

H.R.1 would also de-fund all Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs (a critical part of not only our college by also our community) for the rest of the year, significantly reduce funding for the Hispanic-serving Institutions program, and eliminate the Predominantly Black Institutions and Tech Prep programs.

H.R.1 now moves on to the Senate for consideration. It is important that Senators understand the kind of critical damage passing H.R.1 would have on our students in higher education. They need to hear from YOU that the substantial cuts to the Pell Grant and other key programs is unnacceptable. AACC logoDeep cuts like this deny accessibility to attend college and receive critical services that the community and state colleges afford the community and as a whole will harm the nation’s economy.

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is asking that in communication with your Senators, that you include the following message:

  1. The $5,500 Pell Grant maximum must be maintained for FY 2011. A cut of $845 as included in the House version of H.R. 1 is disastrous public policy. It would decrease opportunities to attend and succeed at community college. It would also damage the nation’s economy by preventing people from acquiring the training that they need.
  2. WIA programs must continue to receive adequate funding. The House version of H.R. 1 eliminates all funding for the major WIA Title I programs for Program Year 2011. Community colleges across the country use these programs to provide a variety of job training services; cutting them is a short-sighted move at this time.
  3. The federal government must maintain targeted investments in a few critical institutional programs, including Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Predominantly Black Institutions, and Asian-American Serving Institutions. These programs must be maintained.

The AACC also suggests that the more locally focused you can make your case, the better. Tell Senators about the extent to which students depend on Pell Grant. This is an EVERYBODY crisis — as beings of a community with social responsibility, we are all responsible for providing accessibility to higher education for everyone. Describe to Senators how Workforce helps meet local labor market and related needs.

For information about contacting your senator’s office, please consult the AACC website by visiting

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Missing: Videos Wanted

We are aware that some of the videos we have posted are not actually appearing in the post. We are currently working to resolve this problem. Until then, the videos are still viewable through Vodpod. Simply click on the (very) small link that appears in the post under what would be the video OR you can scroll and view the videos you wish to watch in our handy dandy Vodpod widget located in the right hand margin of the page. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Update: We believe we have corrected the recent problem with the missing videos. If you continue to have further problems viewing any of the videos we have posted, please let us know. Thank you for your patience.

GCCC to Change Its Name

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Photograph by Andrew Wardlow for The News Herald.

Last Thursday, January 13, the District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the name change of Gulf Coast Community College to Gulf Coast State College.

The name change comes more than 40 years after the college’s last name change from Gulf Coast Junior College to its current name of Gulf Coast Community College.

The new name is to honor the college’s past and emphasize its future plans to offer more four-year degree programs.

Dr. Kerley has emphatically held the position that we are still a community college, we’re just expanding our mission for the betterment of our community and to better meet the community’s needs.

The name change still has to be approved by the Florida Legislature, state Board of Education and accredidation organization Southern Associate of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The college will still be known as GCCC throughout the semester until it gets final approval for the name change.

Read more on the college and its history making decision to change its name once again here

Carson, Daniel. “GCCC Adopts Gulf Coast State College as New Name.” The News Herald. 13 Jan. 2011. Web. 19 Jan. 2011.

UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship

UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program logoThe UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program offers educational scholarships to people living with epilepsy, family members and caregivers who demonstrate academic or personal achievement.

Since 2005, UCB has awarded more than one million dollars in educational grants to 200 individuals who have applied their award to undergraduate and graduate studies. In 2010, UCB awarded $5,000 to each of the 40 scholarship recipients.

For more information on the scholarship, eligibility requirements, and procedure for applying, click here or visit

Deadline for applying for a 2011 scholarship is May 20, 2011.

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Welcome Back Students!

Its the first day of the Spring 2011 semester and look at the wonderful weather we’re having =.=

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Speaking of which, now would be a good time to remind students to sign up for GC Alerts. Click here to sign up, or simply click the available link found on the GCCC Homepage. It takes just a few seconds to sign up and you’ll be in the know whenever campus news and/or emergencies updates are made.

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Happy Holidays


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The staff of DSS at GCCC would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Campus goes a little lupis

Here’s just one more example of the unique educational opportunities that GCCC offers its students, faculty, and staff in its commitment to enhancing education and cultural diversity and awareness on campus and within the community. As part of GCCC’s observance of Native American History month, the campus played host to the Seacrest Wolf Preserve who graciously brought to campus two of their bred British Columbian wolves for everyone to touch and observe. Yes, we said touch!

Seacrest Wolf Preserve honors its commitment to keeping the wild alive through its mission of “Preservation Through Education.” Along with the touchy-feelly part of the educational experience, preserve owner Cynthia Watkins also lectured on wolves to the gathering crowd.

The preserve is ultimately one of the most unique preserves in the lower 48 states, Alaska or Canada, in that guests to the preserve can experience the wolves up close and personal. Typically viewed through the chain link fence at other preserves, Seacrest takes guests on a journey into the wolves habitat on the preserve, home to Gray, Arctic, and British Columbian wolves.

Visit the Seacrest Wolf Preserve at for more information on the preserve, its mission, how you can help, and Wolf Encounter Tours dates and times.

Below are pictures from the GCCC event (even a few of our staff members got involved ^_^):

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