Educator Preparation Institute Community Forum

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EPI forum

Gulf Coast State College is holding a free community forum to provide information about the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 starting at 5:30 p.m. The GCSC EPI program is state-approved and designed to help individuals with a four-year degree gain certification to teach in the K-12 system in the State of Florida. In six to eight months, the EPI program prepares students to take the Florida Teacher Certification Exams. Professionals from diverse backgrounds and all kinds of varied careers have found tremendous success in the classroom.

The EPI program has an exceptional track record:

  • Since Gulf Coast began the program in 2005, all completers who have sat for the certification exams have passed.
  • In 2016, EPI completer, Kesia Blenn Milner, was selected as Teacher of the Year in Bay District Schools and received the Governor’s Shine award.
  • In 2016, one EPI completer was selected for the Henshaw-Whitley Teacher Excellence Award, and two were selected as Teacher of the Year (elementary and middle school) at Bay Haven Charter Academy.
  • In 2015, EPI completer, Dr. John Wade, facilitated the creation of the Pre-Med Academy at Mosely High School.
  • Since 2011, 12 EPI completers have been selected as Teacher of the Year in Bay District Schools, and two have been selected as Rookie of the Year in Gulf County.

Those interested in this alternative route to teacher certification are encouraged to attend the community forum at the College’s Panama City Campus in Room 112 of the Social Sciences Building, Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit or contact Teresa Salter, (850) 769-1551, ext. 3393.