Eastern Florida State College
About Eastern Florida State College
Eastern Florida State College, formerly Brevard Community College, is a public college in Brevard County, Florida. It is a member of the Florida College System and has campuses in Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Titusville, as well as a Virtual Campus.
Since its inception, the college has served more than a half-million students. About 35,000 students take courses annually on the Titusville, Cocoa, Melbourne and Palm Bay campuses, and online. According to state Florida College System statistics, the college has among the top graduation rates in the 28-member Florida College System, and the highest graduation rate among state and community colleges in Central Florida.
In 2010, the college reported 25,000 students enrolled for courses.
There were 1,200 employees in 2011, including support personnel and faculty.
In the fall of 1960, the Brevard County School Board founded Brevard Junior College with 768 students in the former Cocoa High School (built in 1925) on Forrest Avenue in Cocoa. Dr. J. Bruce Wilson was president.
There were 31 faculty members. Four associate degrees were offered. The School Colors were Red-White-Blue and the School Mascot was a “Spartan”.
At the time, it was racially segregated, and a separate Carver Junior College for African-American students was opened the same year.
To accomplish desegregation in compliance with the law, Brevard Junior College merged with the all-black Carver Junior College in 1963 and moved to the present location of the Cocoa Campus at 1519 Clearlake Rd in Cocoa.
The college was renamed Brevard Community College in 1970 when the state of Florida created a system of two-year colleges.
The college would then offer aeronautics specialities as it would be a foundation school for many NASA-tied universities such as Florida Institute of Technology and University of Central Florida. In 1966, the enrollment reached 4,335.
The college experienced a 51% increase in enrollment for online classes from 2007 to 2010.
The Admissions and Records Office can answer many admissions questions quickly by calling an admissions specialist at 321-433-7300, Monday – Thursday from 8 AM – 7 PM.