Continuing Education

continuing education 

Gulf Coast State College in Florida started as a community college and will always be committed to serving Panama City and surrounding communities.  We provide all types of adult education including academic, technical, trade and vocational programs.

What is the mission of Gulf Coast's Continuing education?

The mission of GCSC Continuing Education is to stimulate economic development and enhance the quality of life of our stakeholders through professional training, personal enrichment and community education.

Continuing education, located on the Panama City, Florida campus of Gulf Coast State College, oversees our nontraditional student community by providing:

Corporate Training, workforce development courses, professional development courses, business education courses, continuing education courses and personal development and enrichment courses


Learn more about our Courses


Business & industry Education

Polish your skills, enhance your career and achieve your professional goals with a wide range of course offerings at Continuing Education. A proven tool for workforce development is through continuing education. An individual can keep skills current and advance professional goals for a constantly changing workforce. Continuing Education offers education with professional development programs to connect you with highly qualified positions in a wide range of fields.

Business Workshops

Administrative Assistant Workshop

Certified Workplace Professional

Florida Community Association Management 

LEAN Six Sigma Practitioner Course - Green Belt

Project Management

Quickbooks Workshop

Quickbooks Pro 

SHRM Essentials 4.0

SHRM Certification Prep Course

customized training

Customized Training

focused technical training

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

Solidworks Fundamentals

professional development

Hard skills look great on a resume, are easily taught, and can be learned and perfected over time. Soft skills have become a hot topic, and highly desired ability for employees and customers demand it. Career Builder reported 67% of HR managers to say they’d hire a candidate with strong soft skills even if hard skills are lacking. The gift of being able to relate to others and convey positive feelings makes any environment peaceful and dynamic simultaneously.

“It challenged self-reflection. The instructor was transparent, real, and raw – relatable real-life scenarios. Professionally done with great life-changing tools for professional and personal growth.” Former soft skills student

Business Etiquette - Gaining the Edge

Change and How to Deal with It

Closing the Generation Gap in the Workplace

Communication Strategies

Conflict Resolution: Getting Along in the Workplace

Getting Stuff Done - Time Management

Managing Anger in the Workplace

Managing Emotional Intelligence

The Power of Personal Branding 

Public Speaking - Own It! 

Zig Ziglar 3-Module Class - Building, Winning and Achieving

Social Media for Business

Social media marketing helps to validate your brand. A company's social media presence, when done correctly, tells consumers their brand is active and focused on thriving communication with consumers. Sign up for one of the classes to expand your footprint!

Facebook for Business

Social Media for Business ONE

Social Media for Business TWO

Social Media for Business THREE

Computer training

We live in a fast-paced world where technology touches everyone. You most likely use a computer for your work. Upskilling and polishing your computer literacy can significantly increase your desirability to employers. For employers and employees alike, you will be amazed at how efficient the team runs when they learn to use programs correctly.

“I knew how to search for things and get around in Excel. Once I took the class, I couldn't believe how much more efficient I was working.” Former Excel Student

Computer Basics 101

Computer Troubleshooting Basics 

Microsoft  Access 2016 Level 1

Microsoft Excel 2016 Level 1

Microsoft Excel 2016 Level 2

Microsoft Excel 2016 Level 3

Microsoft Power Point 2016 Level 2

Microsoft Word 2016 Level 1

Microsoft Word 2016 Level 2

Microsoft Word 2016 Level 3

Lara Herter 873-3583

education encore

Registration is open for Spring Encore!

Education Encore Spring 2020

personal enrichment

Students of all ages enjoy unique learning experiences year-round through Continuing Education classes. Enjoy programs in the arts, culinary, graphic design, photography, languages, writing, and so much more that will enrich the daily lives of a lifelong learner. Community education offers personal enrichment programs for you to develop new skills, explore new interests, and improve your life.



Graphic Design - Adobe courses

Gulf/Franklin Community Education

Learn a Language


Personal Development

Preppers Boot Camp Series

Lara Herter

(850) 873-3583

online education

Develop skills and earn certifications at your own pace in an environment of your choice through online classes. Offerings through our online partners provide advanced career training, certification exam preparation, continuing education units as well as personal enrichment.  There is sure to be a course that interests you from the suite of classes available in Arts, Business, Computers, Language, Law, Technology, Teaching, Writing, Construction, and Trades. Specialized areas include pre-licensure insurance, real estate, and OSHA safety education.

Advanced Career Training

Certified Workplace Professional 

Executive Professional Development Units

Insurance Pre-licensure & Continuing Education

Real Estate

Safety & OSHA Training

Six Week Personal Development Courses


Sherrie Lock
(850) 872-3819

Advanced Placement summer Institute

Join us for AP® instruction at one of the world’s most beautiful beaches! Gulf Coast State College AP Summer Institute combines learning and leisure by offering the essentials for a successful AP® Institute designed for new and experienced teachers and held in a beautiful beachside community. Spend your free time dining on fresh gulf seafood, shopping or relaxing on white sand beaches!

Advanced Placement Summer Institute


Classes for all ages

Whether you want to take first aid, an online insurance course, or a photography class, Gulf Coast State College's commitment to lifelong learning means that you can find the best class for you.  If you're looking for academic training to get a top job or change careers, check out Gulf Coast's 150+ academic and vocational programs.

Contact us today!

Healthcare & Environmental - CPR - SHRM
Sherrie Lock
(850) 872-3819

Business & Industry - Personal Enrichment
Lara Herter
(850) 873-3583

Continuing Education Registration
Enrollment Services Building
(850) 872-3892

Register today!