The Florida Gateway College FGC) is a high-quality state college in Lake City, Florida, U.S. Formerly known as Lake City Community College, it is a part of Florida College System. This institution aims to serve the educational needs of North Florida citizens through career training, a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, professional skill development and personal enrichment.
Introduction of FGC
FGC was established in 1947 as the Columbia Forestry School. Later, it became a junior college in 1961. The current name was adopted in 2008. Presently, FGC is located adjacent to Lake City Gateway Airport, six miles (10km) east of Lake City. It is one of the institutions in the Florida College System designated a state college, allowing it to offer four-year bachelor’s degrees. The school serves approximately 7,000 students per year from its five-county district, including Columbia, Dixie, Baker, Gilchrist and Union counties.
On January 9, 2011, Florida Gateway College started accepting applications for its new RN (Registered Nurse) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This is a program offered to current RNs with an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing from a regional accredited college.
Interestingly, this college offers many outstanding programs, especially in the liberal arts and sciences. Students who begin their college career in these programs will get associate degrees and then successfully transfer to senior institutions where they can maintain superior records when compared to their university counterparts. Besides, FGC also provides outstanding opportunities in diverse occupational programs such as computer programming, business administration, golf course operations, water/wastewater, landscape technology, and cosmetology.
In addition, more comprehensive training in allied health fields are added, such as practical nursing, emergency medical services, physical therapist assistant, patient care technician, and others, etc. The most popular fields of study in FGC were Corrections, Nursing, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Emergency Medical Technology, recorded in the year of 2006.
There were nearly 883 students graduated from Lake City Community College in the 2002-03 school year. However, enrollment since then has declined. In 2006, enrollment was 2,736, of which 1,084 were full-time students. The school now has an open admissions policy for all programs except nursing, golf course operations and allied health programs.
In general, Florida Gateway College promises to provide the highest quality education and training to the citizens of its unique. The college believes that individuals, each and every one, must be appreciated for their unique, irreplaceable, and intrinsic value. Further, the staff of FGC is dedicated to helping their students reach their personal and career goals.
The FGC Campus:
About the campus of FGC, it is an attractive site. The area is nestled in one hundred acres of southern pines, with 25 modern buildings surrounded by crepe myrtle and azalea shrubbery. According to Florida Leader Magazine, the FGC campus is the most beautiful in Florida.