ST. PETERSBURG – Florida Gov. Rick Scott was joined by the President of St. Petersburg College, William D. Law, Jr., and Brad Jenkins, associate dean of Engineering Technology & Building Arts at St. Petersburg College Nov. 26 to announce the “Governor’s $10,000 Degree Challenge.”
At the press conference, Dr. Law announced that St. Petersburg College would be the first Florida college to accept the Governor’s challenge to create a $10,000 degree program targeted at making higher education more affordable and results-oriented for Florida families.
Scott said, “I am issuing a challenge to our state colleges to find innovative ways to offer a bachelor's degree at a cost of just $10,000 in fields that will provide graduates with the best opportunity for employment. As I travel the state, families tell me that they care about three things – getting a good job, a quality education, and enjoying a low cost of living. As a former community college student myself, I know how important it is for us to keep costs low while working to connect students with degree fields that prepare them for great careers. Working with the Florida Legislature, this ‘$10,000 Degree Challenge’ will help us continue to improve the value of our higher education system for Florida families, and we are pleased that St. Petersburg College is the first school to step up to the plate.”
Law said, “St. Petersburg College is once again excited about the opportunity to be part of a statewide college pilot program that lowers the cost of a college education for the citizens we serve. Affordable education always has been at the forefront of the college’s mission. SPC is uniquely positioned to build on its bachelor degree commitments and will be offering its Tech Management Program.”
Deveron Gibbons, chair, St. Petersburg College said, “As the first community college in the state to offer four-year degrees, St. Petersburg College is thrilled to be part of a pilot program that lowers the cost of a bachelor’s degree for Florida’s students and their families. As Chairman of the Board at St. Petersburg College, I’d like to express our appreciation to Governor Scott for choosing St. Petersburg College as one of the pilot project sites and as the location for making this historic announcement. Affordable education has been the goal of St. Petersburg College throughout its 85-year history and we are prepared to work with other colleges in this challenging venture.”