Building on its commitment to the economic stability and growth of the region, Gulf Coast State College will begin offering its third bachelor’s degree program

Building on its commitment to the economic stability and growth of the region, Gulf Coast State College will begin offering its third bachelor’s degree program, the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Organizational Management. The Florida Department of Education approved the program with specializations in Entrepreneurship, Health Services Administration and Emergency Services Administration. 

The concentration in Emergency Services Administration is specifically designed for those already working in criminal justice, fire science, emergency management or other public safety fields and who want higher level supervisory positions.  The degree concentration in Health Services Administration will help prepare graduates for careers as Medical and Health Services Managers, Health Care Administrators, Health Unit Manager/Ward Supervisors, Long Term Care Administrators, Health Services Administrators and Nursing Administrators. The concentration in Entrepreneurship will provide a natural bridge to the bachelor’s degree for those students who plan to pursue an independent direction in business development.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity projects that employment in the larger field of Organizational Management statewide will reach 446,934 by 2020, with an estimated 12,776 average annual openings between 2010 and 2018.  The areas of specialization covered in the GCSC degree have particular relevance to the projected employment needs of Workforce Region 4, which correlates to the College’s service area of Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties where the Department has set the estimated number of annual openings requiring new, credentialed employees at 79. Community and industry partners involved in the planning regarding this new program also re-emphasized the local need for the advanced degree.

“We’re pleased to build the Organizational Management program around the needs of our current and future workforce. Our goal at Gulf Coast State College is to respond to the communities we serve and to build new programs based on specific workforce data,” said GCSC President Dr. Jim Kerley.  Gulf Coast is currently the only institution of higher education in Workforce Region 4 that has conferred associate degrees in fields related to this new program, but employers have more jobs to fill and also need more from their current employees. This new bachelor’s program includes the study and hands-on application of management principles and practices with a concentration in each student’s technical field.

The 120-hour program will begin in August 2013 and will be housed in the Advanced Technology Center, the College’s connection to business and industry with a focus on creating new pathways to high-tech, lucrative careers. “We will continue to work with employers and other educational institutions to build programs that meet community needs,” said Kerley.

For more information, the primary point of contact is Melanie Boyd, Business & Technology Division Chair, (850) 872-3839 or