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.
Florida SouthWestern State College 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 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.
ENHANCING THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
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
INCREASING COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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
Flexible Hours and meeting new peope
Only can work up to 20 hours a week
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Florida SouthWestern State College (Fort Myers, FL) in July 2016.
I had an online skype type of interview and than an in person interview at the college. The skype interview was panel type with a series of scripted questions and a feeling out process. The in person interview was also with a panel and more scripted questions and a teaching demonstration.
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