Education

 FSU Panama City is the regional campus of a nationally recognized Tier 1 research institution

 The most technologically advanced learning facility in the country opened in October 2013 at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City

 Bay County’s High School students score higher on the SAT than students across the nation

 Bay County’s has a higher percentage of high school graduates than the state of Florida

 

Bay County has the infrastructure necessary to grow quality talent to meet today’s workforce needs. From early learning opportunities to post-secondary degree programs, Bay County has access to quality education institutions. To meet the rising demands for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, our top-notch education institutions have partnered with our business community to integrate real-world programs into their curriculum.

 

Bay County’s Educational Institutions
 

 Florida State University Panama City

 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

 Troy University

 Gulf Coast State College

 Haney Technical Center

 Bay District Schools (Pre-K – 12)

 


Florida State University
 

Panama City is home to the regional campus of The Florida State University, a nationally recognized Tier-1 research institution.  The mission of Florida State University Panama City (FSU Panama City) is to create opportunities by providing access to high-quality undergraduate and graduate level programs, as well as encouraging regional military and business research partnerships to enrich and empower individuals.  FSU Panama City offers four-year academic degree plans in a variety of high demand occupation fields. 

 

FSU Panama City’s nationally recognized degree programs offer academic quality and value. U.S. News and World Report ranked FSU in the top 50 of the nation’s public universities. FSU was also ranked in 14th in Forbes Top 100 Best Buy Colleges and 18th in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges. FSU is one of the best values among universities in the country according to The Princeton Review. Many of the programs offered at the FSU Panama City campus have won national awards for excellence.

 

As part of a world-class university known for excellence in teaching and state-of-the-art technology, FSU Panama City offers the opportunity to earn a degree on a smaller campus in a beautiful waterfront setting. Located along North Bay in Panama City, Florida, the natural beauty of the campus provides the perfect environment for learning.

 

FSU Panama City is committed to providing students with a welcoming and supportive environment which maximizes their opportunities for learning and personal development. Students are encouraged to get involved. In addition to academics, students have access to social and leadership opportunities through participation in a number of student organizations. The learning experience continues outside the classroom through work study, internships and coop opportunities with FSU Panama City’s many community and business partners.

 

To learn more about how FSU Panama City can help your workforce succeed, visit http://www.pc.fsu.edu/

 

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs at its Worldwide Campus at Tyndall Air Force Base in Bay County. Courses of study include Aeronautical Science, Management, Professional Aeronautics and Technical Management. Embry-Riddle Worldwide also offers undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in 12 aviation-related specialties.


For more information, visit worldwide.erau.edu.

 

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Troy University
 

Troy University’s Panama City/Tyndall Air Force Base site is one of Troy’s 60 teaching sites across the U.S. and around the world.

 

Troy offers several in-class and online undergraduate and graduate courses, including Business Administration, Computer Science and Resource and Technology Management.

 

For more information, visit http://trojan.troy.edu/globalcampus/sites/panamacity/.

 

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Gulf Coast State College

 

Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) has served Northwest Florida since 1957. GCSC offers dynamic workforce-focused degree programs in numerous fields, including Computer Science and Software Engineering, Engineering, Information Technology and Medical Technology. The certificate programs include Applied Science and Applied Technical. GCSC recently established its first-ever bachelor’s degrees in Applied Science and Technology Management.

Each semester, the college enrolls over 7,000 students in credit courses, with thousands more registering in its continuing education programs. GCSC offers customer service training through its Lifelong Learning Center.


The college’s state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Center (ATC) opened in October 2013. The Center is one of the most technologically advanced learning facilities in the country. The ATC will provide training attuned to emerging workforce needs of the technology, engineering and alternative energy industries. Educational opportunities will be offered in fields such as renewable energies, alternative energies, sustainable building design, architecture and engineering, information science, computer integrated manufacturing, e-Learning and culinary arts careers. These programs are designed to increase learning opportunities for students, and to infuse business and entrepreneurship principles into its educational tenets. 

 

The programs will extend beyond the ATC and be offered at off-site learning laboratories with K-12 institutions, the area military installations and community businesses. An Entrepreneurial Development Center, Virtual Incubator and Entrepreneur’s Institute will also be housed within the ATC, promoting the development of new ideas and providing support for new and existing businesses across Northwest Florida.

 

For more information, visit wwwgulfcoast.edu.

 

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Haney Technical Center

 

For over 40 years, Haney Technical Center has provided adult students with the opportunity to choose from a diverse array of career technical programs. Some of the center’s current career clusters include Architecture and Construction, Business Technology, Manufacturing, and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics.


Haney Technical Center also offers a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified Aviation Maintenance Technology Training Program. It allows students to acquire a General Aviation Maintenance Technician certification with the option of continuing their training to receive an additional FAA license in Aircraft Airframe Mechanics and/or Aircraft Powerplant Mechanics. 


For more information, visit www.bayschools.com/htc.

 

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Bay District Schools

 

Bay District Schools serves approximately 28,000 students each year. The district is comprised of 19 elementary schools, five middle schools, six high schools, four charter schools, one adult education school and one special purpose school.

 

Bay District Schools’ students score higher on the SAT than Florida and the U.S.

 

2010 SAT Scores
Reading
Math
Writing

Bay County

536

542

504

Florida

496

498

479

U.S.

501

516

492

 

Some of the middle and high schools offer Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses which are designed to prepare students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in STEM fields. Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking and creative and innovative reasoning.

 

For more information, visit www.bay.k12.fl.us.

 

 

 

Contact Us

For More Information

 

Bay Economic Development Alliance

5230 West Highway 98
Panama City FL 32401

Phone: 850.215.9965

E-mail: info@bayeda.com

 

 

 

 

5230 West Hwy 98,
Panama City FL 32401

Phone: 850.215.9965

E-mail: info@bayeda.com

 

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