Jul 22, 2024  
Catalog/Handbook 2022-2023 
Catalog/Handbook 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Message from the President


Dear Students,

At Polk State College, there are a variety of ways to receive affordable, quality higher education and workforce training close to home. With six convenient locations; in-person, online, and hybrid courses; flexible class options; and tuition that is one-third the cost of universities, we are here to support you in achieving your higher-education and career goals.

With 25 associate degrees, six baccalaureate degrees, and more than 30 certification programs, there truly is something for everyone. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping you find the educational path that is right for you and will assist with developing the tools to reach graduation and gain employment in an affordable and timely manner.


The Polk State Associate in Arts degree is fully transferrable to any State University System institution and is designed for those interested in pursuing a four-year baccalaureate degree in a specific field. Advisors can help create a personalized Education Plan that provides the most efficient course sequence to meet your goals.

The Associate in Science degree is designed to directly lead to employment in fields such as nursing, network systems engineering technology, emergency medical services, and criminal justice. This type of degree also qualifies individuals for admission to certain baccalaureate programs at Polk State, allowing professionals to seamlessly continue their educational pursuits. The College offers baccalaureate degrees in Supervision and Management, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Aerospace Sciences, Elementary Education, and Early Childhood Education.

At Polk State’s Corporate College, students can receive hands-on workforce training and earn certificates that qualify them for high-wage jobs in industries including advanced manufacturing, industrial maintenance, and machining.

Polk State’s three charter high schools–Chain of Lakes Collegiate, Lakeland Collegiate, and Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate–allow students to complete their high school diplomas while also earning college credit.

And with opportunities including a rigorous Honors Program, dozens of student clubs, intercollegiate athletics, arts programming, cultural events, and more, Polk State students earn more than degrees and certifications–they develop valuable academic and employment skills and cultivate lifelong relationships.

I welcome you to explore the many opportunities that await you at Polk State College. Browse our Catalog and www.polk.edu; talk with our dedicated faculty and staff; follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; and discover for yourself how Polk State can help you achieve your goals.

Soar, Eagles!

Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti, CFRE
Polk State College President