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Gulf Coast State College

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Type  Public
Endowment  $5.3 million
Students  6,058
Phone  +1 850-769-1551
Graduation rate  32.7% (2014)
Established  1957
President  Dr. A. James Kerley
Undergraduates  2,248 degree seeking
Total enrollment  7,207 (2010)
Colors  Blue, Gold
Gulf Coast State College
Address  5230 West US Hwy 98, Panama City, FL 32401, United States
Mascot  Gulf Coast Community College Commodore
Undergraduate tuition and fees  Local tuition: 2,765 USD (2015), Domestic tuition: 10,072 USD (2015)
Notable alumni  Don Sutton, Frank Menechino, Smoke Laval, Michael Papajohn, Tony Dawson
Similar  Chipola College, Northwest Florida State Coll, Pensacola State College, Tallahassee Community College, College of Central Florida

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Gulf Coast State College, formerly known as Gulf Coast Community College and before that Gulf Coast Junior College, is a state college, located in Panama City, Florida, United States.


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The institution was founded in 1957 by the Florida Legislature. On January 13, 2011, the college was renamed Gulf Coast State College. The school had previously been named Gulf Coast Community College as well as Gulf Coast Junior College.

In 1966, Rosenwald Junior College was merged with Gulf Coast Junior College.


The main college campus is in Panama City, Florida, with other campuses in Southport, Port St. Joe, and at Tyndall Air Force Base.

Organization and administration

The college is a member institution of the Florida College System. Its president is John Holdnak, Ed.D. President Holdnak is its sixth, having assumed that position in June, 2014. A Board of Trustees oversees the administration of the college.

Academic profile

This is a coeducational institution that offers associate and bachelor's degrees.


Gulf Coast State College Athletic teams are nicknamed the Commodores and participate in men's basketball, men's baseball, women's basketball, women's softball, and women's volleyball. The school's athletic teams compete in the Panhandle Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association, a body of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 8. The current athletic director is Gregg Wolfe who has been serving in this capacity since 1992.

Notable people

  • Daniel Davidson -Current Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Tony Dawson -Former NBA Basketball player
  • Smoke Laval -College baseball coach of Louisiana–Monroe, LSU, and North Florida
  • Frank Menechino -Former Major League Baseball infielder for the Oakland Athletics and the Toronto Blue Jays
  • Michael Papajohn -American actor, stuntman, and college baseball player
  • Jimmy Patronis -Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
  • Don Sutton -Former Major League Baseball player and current television sportscaster
  • References

    Gulf Coast State College Wikipedia

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