According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 150 children were diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2000. Now, that number is 1 in 68. Based on Bay County’s most recent estimate of children under the age of 18, about 550 local children could be diagnosed with an ASD, making this a very real issue that local families may face.
Natasha Allen refuses to settle for less. Competitive by nature, she always strives to be her best. This year, she became the first in her family to earn a college education. After serving as president of the Black Student Union and promoting campus diversity, she graduated May 3 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Florida State University has named a distinguished educator and administrator as the dean of FSU Panama City and the College of Applied Studies. Carol D. Edwards, who has served as dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and professor of art education at Texas Tech University since 2007, will begin Aug. 10.
Electrical engineering students at FSU Panama City must overcome a final real-world challenge before graduation: senior design projects. With the help of community mentors and funding from donors Tom and Donna McCoy, students take their knowledge outside of the classroom to create devises for national defense, communication and environmental preservation.
Florida State University Panama City’s STEM Institute will hold STEM camps for eighth through 12th graders interested in STEM education and careers. The camps will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on the campus of Florida State University Panama City.