PUNTA GORDA, Florida (August 28, 2018) –  Florida Gulf Coast University recently announced it will begin offering bachelor degrees in Charlotte County including Bachelor of Science in Resort and Hospitality Management. This is part of FGCU Complete which is a degree-completion program that would enable non-traditional students, such as generally, working adults 25 years and older, who have obtained an associate’s degree or approximately a year-and-a-half or more of college credit to pursue an FGCU bachelor degree. Classes will be held at the FGCU facility on Herald Court in the Punta Gorda Parking Garage.

“Tourism is important to the success of Charlotte County’s economy and we are thrilled FGCU has established the Bachelor of Science in Resort and Hospitality Management program in Punta Gorda. Its location will make it convenient for students to attend and we are confident the graduates will be the future leaders of the local hospitality and tourism industry,” said Sean Doherty, Interim Director of the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau. 

Two other degree programs part of FGCU Complete are Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Studies. 

These degrees are all currently offered to traditional FGCU students; the curriculum, tuition, and, advising services for the degree-completion version will be the same for non-traditional students as they are for traditional students. However, student services, registration, and liaison with FGCU functions for non-traditional students will be coordinated by the Office of Continuing Education.

FGCU Complete is scheduled to formally commence Spring 2019. In Charlotte County only, FGCU will pilot several 8-week classes beginning in October, 2018. Students will be able to enroll in the classes on a non-degree seeking basis.

The classes are being finalized and will be determined in advance of the Charlotte County Information Session scheduled August 29, 5:30pm at FGCU Herald Court Centre in the City of Punta Gorda Parking Garage (117 Herald Court #211, Punta Gorda, FL 33950). Those interested in enrolling are encouraged to bring transcripts to this session.

For more information, contact FGCU’s Office of Continuing Education at (239) 745-4700 or email fgcucomplete@fgcu.edu.

Annually, the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau conducts marketing, sales and promotional campaigns to increase awareness of and visitation to Charlotte County. In addition to generating economic contributions, the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau is also focused on developing soft adventure or ecotourism, a low-impact industry enabling the county to preserve the invaluable natural resources that contribute to its ecological health, distinguish the area and draw visitors. During calendar year 2017, Charlotte County welcomed an estimated 422,500 visitors, tourism generated an estimated $380,841,400 in direct expenditures, and made an estimated $580,783,200 million economic impact.

ABOUT PUNTA GORDA / ENGLEWOOD BEACH
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda /Englewood Beach is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014, Port Charlotte was named the top “U.S. Best Value Destination” by Trivago (the world’s largest online hotel search site), and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). For more information on visiting Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach visit http://PureFlorida.com or call1-800-652-6090.

CONTACTS:
Jennifer Huber, Tourism Public Relations Manager
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau     
(941) 743-1900                                                        
Jennifer.Huber@CharlotteCountyFL.gov 

Melissa Cederquist
Aqua Marketing & Communications, Inc.
(239) 398-3019
melissa@welcometoaqua.com 

Nancy Staub
Florida Gulf Coast University
(941) 505-0130
nstaub@fgcu.edu