Mar 30, 2023  
2014-2015 Catalog 
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Advising

Academic Assistance

Northwest Florida State College utilizes a comprehensive advising model which supports students in obtaining their academic goals. Academic advising and educational planning for students is offered through a variety of means and is available to assist students with course and program selection for academic goal completion. All first time-in college, degree seeking students are required to meet with an Academic Advisor prior to the first semester of enrollment. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an advisor at any of the seven locations. At most locations, walk-ins are welcome.

Students who have not chosen a major or are undecided will be required to visit the Career Center to complete career assessments to help determine an appropriate career field based on interests and aptitude.

Academic Advisors will assist with the review of transcripts for course suggestions prior to an official course evaluation being completed, guide students towards the completion of pre-requisite requirements to the desired transfer institution, and provide resources to ensure academic success.

Academic Advisors

Academic Advisors will assist students with program planning, course selection, and graduation or transfer requirements. All first time-in college, degree seeking students are required to meet with an Academic Advisor prior to the first semester of enrollment to further explore educational goals and the various programs offered by the college.

All degree-seeking students required to enroll in developmental instruction based on placement testing must meet with an advisor prior to their first semester of enrollment at the college. Students must also continue to work with an advisor throughout the duration of their developmental education courses. Student must consult with an Academic Advisor before completely withdrawing from the College.

Academic Advisors are available at the following locations:

  • Niceville Campus:
    Student Services Center
  • Fort Walton Beach Campus:
    Building 4, Room 403A
  • Eglin Center:
    Education Center, Building 251
  • Hurlburt Field Center:
    Education Center, Building 90220
  • Chautauqua Center:
    DeFuniak Springs
  • Robert L. F. Sikes Education Center:
  • South Walton Center:
    Santa Rosa Beach

Senate Bill 1720 Reform - Developmental Math and English Course Exemption & Placement Testing 

Per Section 1008.03 of the Florida Statute, a student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services shall not be required to take the common placement test and shall not be required to enroll in developmental education instruction in a Florida College System institution. However, a student who is not required to take the common placement test and is not required to enroll in developmental education under this paragraph may opt to be assessed and to enroll in developmental education instruction, and the college shall provide such assessment and instruction upon the student’s request.”

Academic Advisors will utilize an advising questionnaire to determine exemption eligibility and placement options. Advisors recommend each student complete placement testing regardless of exemption status. Research shows that students not prepared for college-level course work benefit from developmental education courses that prepare them for subsequent college-level courses. 

Faculty Advisors

Students who have already committed to a particular program or know the major area of study they wish to pursue may receive advising in that discipline through the appropriate academic department.

Advanced Technology & Design/Drafting/Graphics
Mr. Ray Rickman
Bldg. B, (850) 729-5218

Athletics, Health & Fitness
Mr. Ramsey Ross
Bldg. T, (850) 729-5229

Bachelor of Applied Science
Dr. Caisson Vickery
Bldg. P, (850) 729-6445

Business & Computer Technology
Ms. Heidi Gentry-Kolen
Bldg. P, (850) 729-5369

Criminal Justice Training Center
Ms. Renée Johnson
Bldg. F, (850) 729-5378

Criminal Justice/Paralegal Studies
Ms. Renée Johnson
Bldg. F, (850) 729-5378

Dental Assisting
Ms. Julie Nelson
Bldg. E, (850) 729-6444

Early Childhood Education
Ms. Beverly Sandlin
Bldg. M, (850) 729-5386

EMT/Paramedic/Fire Science/Emergency Management
Mr. Barry Reed
Bldg. F, (850) 729-4924

English/Communications & Social Sciences
Dr. Deborah Fontaine
Bldg. E, (850) 729-5390

Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Dr. Jeremy Ribando
Bldg. J, (850) 729-5382

Dr. Michelle Ragle
Bldg. L, (850) 729-5377

Nursing AS/RN
To be announced, please contact the Nursing AS/RN Department
Bldg. E, (850) 729-6400

Ms. Grace Stewart
Bldg. E, (850) 729-6457

Sciences/Biological & Physical
Pre-Medical & Pre-Pharmacy
Dr. Jon Bryan
Bldg. S, (850) 729-5376

In addition, a computerized advising system, called degree audit, is also available to aid department heads, faculty, educational advisors, counselors and students in understanding program requirements and progress toward graduation. Students can access their degree audit by logging on to RaiderNet.

Career Center

Students who are undecided about their future career plans are encouraged to make an appointment with their Academic Advisor or to visit the Career Center in the Student Services Center on the Niceville Campus or Building 2 at the DeFuniak Springs Campus to discuss career opportunities.

The Career Center offers numerous career assessment services, including:

  • Career counseling
  • Computerized career exploration programs
  • Web-based career planning information
  • College-wide career focus workshops
  • Job fairs information
  • Occupational information linked to NWFSC degree and certificate programs

Selected career-related services are also available at the Fort Walton Beach Campus, Chautauqua and Robert L. F. Sikes Education Centers.

Florida Virtual Campus

Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) allows access to student services and resources for Florida public community colleges, state colleges, universities, and many private institutions. Students may apply for transient status at other Florida institutions, view their student transcripts, run a degree audit or track progress toward graduation. FLVC can be accessed on the NWFSC RaiderNet log on page in the public access area or directly at


The NWF 2UWF Program offers collaborative academic advising from UWF Transfer Advisors and an on-site 2UWF Program Coordinator located on the NWF State College’s Niceville campus. Students will also receive access to UWF services and benefits before they enroll. Students who complete an associate of arts degree at NWF State College are guaranteed admissions at UWF, contingent upon meeting the minimum transfer requirements.

  • Admission to UWF with no application fee
  • Convenient transfer of academic records and courses from NWF State College
  • Affordable bachelor’s degree from an accredited and respected public university
  • Options to complete a bachelor’s degree at one of three University of West Florida’s locations:
  • Main Campus - Pensacola
  • Emerald Coast - Ft. Walton Beach, Eglin and Hurlburt Field Air Force Base
  • Online Campus
  • Faculty and staff committed to academic success
  • Flexible class schedules to meet busy lifestyles
  • Experienced academic advisors to assist in satisfying degree requirements
  • Library privileges at both institutions
  • UWF email account
  • UWF ID card

To participate in a 2UWF Program a student must:

  • Meet current admission criteria at a state college partner.
  • Have earned fewer than 30 credit hours.
  • Complete an associate of arts degree with a minimum overall combined 2.0 GPA as computed by UWF. (Individual departmental requirements may be higher)
  • Be in compliance with the code of conduct at a state college and is in good academic standing.
  • Not attend another institution between the time you graduate from your current state college and enroll at UWF.
  • Formally enroll in UWF within one year of having completed an associate of arts degree.
  • Not have previously graduated from a state college partner.

Disability Support Services

NWFSC is committed to the fulfillment of equal educational opportunities to all students.  In compliance with the regulations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the office of Disability Support Services (DSS) exists to determine appropriate accommodations for qualified students with documented disabilities, to assist students in self-advocacy, and to educate the NWFSC community about disabilities.

Students in need of assistance are encouraged to register with DSS which is located in the Student Services Center on the Niceville campus.  Appropriate documentation guidelines are located on the college website.  All information is kept confidential.  Students who register may be eligible for accommodations such as, but not limited to, note-taker, scribe, interpreter, extended time for testing, course substitution, use of an audio recording device and tests recorded on tape.

Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD) numbers are available through the Florida Telecommunication Relay Service: 

Voice: 711 or 1-800-955-8770
TDD: 711 or 1-800-955-8771

Students who feel that the College did not respond appropriately to their disability requirements are asked to show NWFSC the particulars of the complaint.  Students should first discuss the problem with the Counselor of Students with Disabilities in an attempt to informally resolve the issue.  If unable to resolve the issue informally, a student may file a formal student grievance through the office of Disability Support Services. It will be forwarded to the Dean of Students and follow the College’s procedures for filing a grievance.

Health Counseling

In case of illness or emergency please call 911. Health Services are not provided on campus.

Students can contact Bridgeway Center, Inc., at the Crisis Hotline at 850-244 -9191 for assistance with domestic violence, sexual assault, AIDS, Victim advocate, substance abuse, and referral services. The Okaloosa AIDS Support and Information system: OASIS provides support at

NWFSC Advisors and Counselors maintain local treatment referral services for health conditions such as drug or alcohol abuse, pregnancy and AIDS intervention. Students can contact the Dean of Students for more information.

Excess Hours Advisory Statement

Florida Statutes section 1009.286, establishes an “excess hour” surcharge for a student seeking a baccalaureate degree at a state university. This surcharge only applies to courses taken at a Florida public university and does NOT apply to any programs offered by Northwest Florida State. However, it is critical that students, including those entering Florida colleges, are aware of the potential for additional course fees.

“Excess hours” are defined as hours that go beyond 110% of the hours required for a baccalaureate degree program. For example, if the length of the program is 120 credit hours, the student may be subject to an excess hour surcharge for any credits attempted beyond 132 credit hours (120 X 110%).

All students whose educational plan may include earning a bachelor’s degree should make every effort to enroll in and successfully complete those courses that are required for their intended major on their first attempt. Florida college students intending to transfer to a state university should identify a major or “transfer program” early and be advised of admission requirements for that program, including the approved common prerequisites. Course withdrawals and/or repeats, as well as enrollment in courses non-essential to the intended major, may contribute to a potential excess hours surcharge.