Polk Community College

Polk Community College

Polk Community College is situated in Polk County, Florida, and was originally known as Polk Junior College. It was established in the year 1964. The main campus is located in Winter Haven while a second campus is situated in Lakeland. The latter was established in 1988. There are more than 15,000 students enrolled here, and more than 100 full-time faculty members. Polk Community College offers education in arts and humanities, communication and business, family and consumer science, health and medical services, and technical courses.

Among the notable alumni of Polk Community College are Tom Mims, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, and Lorenzo Williams a former NBA player.

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Polk Community College
999 Avenue H NE
Winter Haven , FL 33881-4299
General Phone: (863) 297-1000

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Polk Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts654liberal arts and sciences
Nursing and Emergency Medicine284EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Security and Law Enforcement144corrections, criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and police, fire protection tech
Medical Administration35medical records tech
Medical Support and Technology29cardiovascular tech, radiation therapist, respiratory care tech, sonography and ultrasound tech
Business and Management21business management, accounting technology, finance, MIS, management information systems, marketing
Family and Social Work20child care management
Therapy and Counseling18physical therapist assistant
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy12occupational therapist assistant
Office and Administration9executive secretary
Engineering Technician9electronics tech, automotive tech, computer systems tech
Computer Science and Engineering3systems analyst
Photography and Commercial Art2cinematography

Number of programs and degrees for Polk Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year2436
Associate's degree94824
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years495

Polk Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Polk Community College had a total enrollment of 7,757 students (5,313 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 60%
Black 15%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 7%
18-19 26%
20-21 19%
22-24 14%
25-29 12%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 7%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Polk Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 65 %
Part-Time 45 %

Polk Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Winter Haven, Florida for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Florida Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Polk Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,235
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,237
Books and supplies $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Polk Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 151400)

Polk Community College Faculty

Polk Community College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1323
Non-tenured and not on tenure track48

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankcalendar year4$62,5478$61,303
All faculty totalcalendar year4$62,5478$61,303

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year43$49,83362$49,071
All faculty totalacademic year43$49,83362$49,071

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Polk Community College Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports04141

Polk Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst

Engineering Technician
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

Medical Support And Technology
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapist Assistant

Office And Administration
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapist Assistant

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What Sets Polk Community College Apart:

% of degrees in liberal arts
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Top 6%Polk Community College % of degrees in liberal arts
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 9%Polk Community College Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 10%Polk Community College Number of students
% of degrees in security and law enforcement
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Top 14%Polk Community College % of degrees in security and law enforcement
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 18%Polk Community College % of full-time faculty on tenure track

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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