Record Growth - SWFC Port Charlotte Campus

The Southwest Florida College, Port Charlotte campus opened its doors in February of last year. Since then, the physical campus has expanded and new classrooms and labs have been added. The build out has made the Port Charlotte campus double in size. New programs as well as some noteworthy personnel have also been added.

Dora Kunz is now the Director of Education for the Port Charlotte campus. Kristen Heermance is now the Associate Registrar and Erin Barnes has been promoted to Assistant Director of Admissions.

There has been a lot of growth in just a short period of time. The Southwest Florida College, Port Charlotte campus is now just short of 300 students.

New programs at the Port Charlotte campus include: Crime Scene Investigation; Early Childhood Care & Management; Criminal Justice; Early Childhood Education; and Management & Marketing. Programs that are also still being offered that were introduced when the campus first opened include: Medical Assistant; Medical Billing & Coding Technology; Health Information Technology; and Surgical Technician.

Medical Billing & Coding Technology; Health Information Technology; Criminal Justice; and Management & Marketing can also be taken fully online.

New personnel

Dora Kunz – Director of Education, Port Charlotte Campus

Mrs. Kunz was hired in September of 2006 as the Program Manager for Early Childhood Education. She began her career as an elementary and middle school teacher as retired as a Principal. Mrs. Kunz holds a master’s degree in Education and has earned posts graduate credits in Educational Administration from Ohio State University.

Kristen Heermance – Associate Registrar, Port Charlotte Campus

Ms. Heermance is currently pursuing her Bachelors degree at Southwest Florida College. She began her career with the institution in July 2007 as a receptionist and was promoted to Associate Registrar in 2009.

Erin Barnes – Assistant Director of Admissions

Mrs. Barnes grew up in Southwest Florida and graduate from Cape Coral High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Florida State University in 2003. Mrs. Barnes started with Southwest Florida College in March 2007 as an Admissions Representative. In July of 2009 she was awarded Admissions Representative of the Term. She was recently promoted to Assistant Director of Admissions for the Port Charlotte Campus and intends to begin her master’s degree studies in the Fall. “I am very proud to be a part of an institution that says it’s “students come first” and really they really do,” Mrs. Barnes said.

Southwest Florida College is an accredited private institution of higher learning centrally located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte, and includes the Institute of Interior Design located within the Miromar Design Center in Estero. The College has been providing post secondary education to Floridians since 1974 and offers programs in Allied Health, Business, Design, Education, Information Technology and Legal Studies. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities for individuals to acquire knowledge and skills that will help prepare them for rewarding careers in fields with high growth potential. For more information, call toll free 888-279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

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