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Florida SouthWestern State College Overview

Fort Myers, FL
501 to 1000 employees
College / University
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year

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Florida SouthWestern State College – Why Work For Us?

With the first students admitted to then Edison Junior College in the fall of 1962, the college continues to provide students with the opportunity to fulfill their professional goals. On July 1, 2014, the college was renamed Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW). The college offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Baccalaureate degrees, as well as various certificate programs. Please visit our Academics page to learn more about our programs.

Lee County Campus, renamed the Thomas Edison Campus in 2014, has 24 permanent structures, including the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.

The Collier County Campus opened in March of 1992. The beautiful campus, which includes four, state-of-the-art, energy- and environmentally-efficient buildings, is located on an 80-acre site near State Road 951 and Rattlesnake Hammock Road, in south Naples within Lely Resort. The Charlotte County Campus opened in 1997. Located on a wooded site on Airport Road in Punta Gorda, the campus features an observatory. FSW also provides services to students in Hendry and Glades counties on its Hendry/Glades Center located in LaBelle.

FSW is governed by its District Board of Trustees composed of nine representatives from Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Lee counties. The members are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor of Florida.

Florida SouthWestern State College is committed to providing an educational and working environment free from discrimination and harassment. All programs, activities, employment and facilities of Florida SouthWestern State College are available to all on a non-discriminatory basis, without regard to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information or veteran's status. The College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Questions pertaining to educational equity, equal access or equal opportunity should be addressed to Title IX/Equity Officer, Florida SouthWestern State College, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919, (239) 489-9051.

Florida SouthWestern State College will be the catalyst for creating an innovative education system which provides accessible educational pathways that prepare students to be enlightened and productive citizens.

We value student success, integrity, intellectual inquiry, and academic rigor.

The mission of Florida SouthWestern State College is to inspire learning; prepare a diverse population for creative and responsible participation in a global society; and serve as a leader for intellectual, economic, and cultural awareness in the community.

Strategic Directions

  • Focus recruiting, admissions, and retention efforts
  • Create a robust residential life experience on Lee to support our residence hall
  • Explore the potential return of athletics as a component of student life/residential life
  • Increase scholarly activity vis-à-vis the creation of a sponsored programs office
  • Expand international education
  • Provide efficient processes that enhance or improve student, faculty and staff overall experience with the college
  • Explore new workforce-related certificate and degree offerings including additional $10,000 degree options


  • Fund new initiatives that hold promise for FSW
  • Emphasize the arts as a community resource
  • Refocus the direction for the FSW Foundation and enhancing its role in the college
  • Increase service area coverage through regional vice presidents for economic and community development
  • Assess and respond to regional workforce needs

Perks of Working in Paradise

Here in South West Florida we bask in warm sunny days, cooled by the breeze coming off the Gulf of Mexico.

Access to 25 plus beaches in SWFL, and hundreds more throughout the state!

Numerous parks, recreational and wildlife areas to explore.

Within driving distance of 11 professional sports teams, 15 spring training fields and a vast variety of collegiate athletics. Not to mention, Disney!

Affordable housing offering unique lifestyles and friendly, diverse communities.

SWFL is home to many fine sports & entertainment venues.  Venues located on the Fort Myers campus include the recently renovated Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall and the newly opened Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Also nearby are Artis-Naples, Germain Arena, JetBlue Park – spring training home of the Boston Red Sox and Hammond Stadium – spring training home of the Minnesota Twins.

Exceptional Education System

FSW is proud of our Collegiate High Schools located on Charlotte campus and the Ft. Myers campus.

Florida SouthWestern State College Collegiate High School-Lee is currently rated the 3rd best school in the state.

FSWC-Lee has earned AdvancED STEM accreditation and is the first and only public charter school in Florida to earn this distinction.

Ten award winning colleges and universities that offer a wide range of degree programs.

Strong public school districts, some of which rank in the top 15 counties in Florida.

Great vocational technical institutions offering specialized education meeting various employer-driven occupations.

Choice of private and charter schools.

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Florida SouthWestern State College Reviews

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    I have been working at Florida SouthWestern State College part-time (More than a year)


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Florida SouthWestern State College Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Florida SouthWestern State College.


    I was contacted a month after initial application for a phone interview. The phone interview had about 3-5 people who asked a series of typical interview questions (nothing out of the ordinary) they did ask what my salary expectations were (There salary range can be found online, I would suggest looking first and not low balling yourself). Afterwards a week to two weeks went by and I was invited for an on campus interview (they paid for flight, and hotel) I was suppose to be reimbursed for a rental- never was. I had an on campus interview which was typical one on one questions with Director, campus tour with Dean, 45 min. presentation (including questions) and round table questioning. Afterwards I never heard from them in regards to if I got a job or not, which is highly unprofessional. Also the structure of the institution seems to be a shaky (the college was originally two year converted to a four year back to a two year community based setting). The Dean was distant-cold and uninviting. During the presentation no-one was engaged or willing to participate. The staff lack any diversity in terms of race, there were a lot of microagressive comments made which were very off putting. Several students were in the presentation I think they asked the hardest questions out of everyone during the day.

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    • What will you do to attract students to become involved on a campus that is 100% commuter based?   Answer Question
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Florida SouthWestern State College Awards & Accolades

  • Master Teacher Recognition, FSW, 2017
  • NISOD, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, 2017
  • Face Award: Diversity, Face, 2017
  • Trendsetter: FSW Athletics, Association of Florida Colleges, 2016
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