From accounting to zoo keeping. Pensacola's educational
institutions cover a variety of professional and academic interests. The
University of West Florida, Pensacola Junior College and the George Stone Area
Vocational-Technical Center also offer courses requested by area
Escambia County School District
With more than 45,000 students, the Escambia County School
District is one of the 100 largest in the nation.
Santa Rosa County School District
The county's school
system provides programs ranging from dropout prevention for troubled youth to
accelerated learning for gifted students. Progressive initiatives include magnet
schools for elementary and middle school students, an International
Baccalaureate Program emphasizing language and math, and the Academy for Health
Professions offering training in medical fields. The student-teacher ration is
approximately 24 to 1. About 74 percent of students continue their education
after high school. Local students consistently score above state and national
averages on the Scholastic Aptitude Test -- an average of 932 for Escambia
versus 882 for the state and 902 for the nation.
Santa Rosa County offers a wealth of educational opportunities
at every academic level from pre-kindergarten to graduate level programs. The
county has 29 public schools serving nearly 21,000 students.
The Santa Rosa School District has repeatedly received accolades
for the many achievements of its students, including above-average test scores,
a low dropout rate, and a high percentage of students who go on to further their
education after graduation. The district is noted for its small classes and the
low student to teacher ratio allows teachers to work closely with each student
to ensure that individual needs are met.
University of West Florida
Students graduating from Santa
Rosa Schools have ranked among the top three of 67 districts in Preparedness for
College for the three years from 1994 to 1997. Initiatives within the school
system have resulted in development of programs such as the Santa Rosa
Connection and worker certification - programs designed to prepare the students
for life after high school, pursuit of a higher education or joining the
At the University of
West Florida, new buildings and a growing enrollment are signs of surging
momentum. UWF offer graduate and undergraduate programs for its 8,000 students.
UWF's partnership with area businesses provides training and education for
students and benefits for the community as well. In addition to its Small
Business Development Center, UWF houses the Raymond Has Center for Business
Research and economic Development, which provides economic activity forecasts,
collects and analyzes information on the area economy, and sponsors projects in
regional economic development. Pensacola area students can take courses at UWF
while earning a degree from the University of Florida in electrical engineering
or computer engineering. The Institute of the Interdisciplinary Study of the
Human and Machine Cognition conducts research on medical artificial
intelligence, machine learning, neural networks and other topics.
Pensacola Junior College
Junior College's five campuses provide college credit courses to 30,000
people each year. Along with traditional liberal arts courses, PJC offers
nursing, dental and allied health training, environmental sciences, agriculture,
and horticulture courses and an array of vocational training and
George Stone Area Vocational-Technical
George Stone Area
Vocational-Technical Center is fully accredited. Its curriculum is designed
to handle requests for instruction from existing and future industry.
Troy State University
Troy State University-Florida
Region has 3,000 graduate and undergraduate students studying a wide variety
o subjects at convenient locations at Pensacola Naval Air Station and other
Pensacola Christian College
Pensacola Christian College
enrolls more than 3,000 students per year, emphasizing religious and academic
subjects. The college owns Abeka Books, a national leader in publishing
religious educational books.
The West Florida Regional
Library serves the Pensacola MSA (Escambia and Santa Rosa counties) with six
libraries, a bookmobile and a computerized system.
In addition, libraries
at the Pensacola Junior College and the
University of West Florida are open to the
public. PJC's libraries hold more than 150,000 volumes and 7,000 audio/visual
listings; UWF's library contains 530,000 volumes and is a regional depository
for 580,000 state and federal publications.
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