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2014 - 2015 Updated Catalog through 1/6/15 
2014 - 2015 Updated Catalog through 1/6/15 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Continuing Education

Non-credit continuing education courses provide an opportunity to increase occupational efficiency, enhance leisure time, or pursue personal development goals. Typical subjects range from computer skills, insurance, and supervision to painting, gardening, cooking, and exercise. Instruction is offered through a variety of programs, including PRIME Time (Positive Retirement through Imaginative Education) and the Institute for Professional Development. Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) may be earned upon completion of certain continuing education courses. CEU’s allow individuals to accumulate, update, and transfer their records of professional development. Call the Continuing Education Department at (850) 729-6085 for more information.

Courses offered through these options range from personal enrichment, recreation, leisure, and crafts to professional development and customized business/industry training. Courses offered through these options are non-credit and may not be used toward any NWFSC degree or certificate program. Students enrolled in non-credit courses receive all of the benefits of the regular students, including use of the library, access to special events, and free parking.

Costa Leadership Institute - Learning Experiences Allow Us to Develop and Achieve Our Full Potential

The Costa Leadership Institute at NWFSC provides a variety of unique professional development opportunities and customized business skills training options for individuals, businesses, government, military and not-for-profit organizations. Programs offered by the institute include open enrollment trainings in the spring and fall, customized training for businesses, Leadership Okaloosa community leadership program, Collegiate High School leadership program, STEM programs, community outreach and more. The Costa Leadership Institute is located on the third floor of the college’s 75,000 square foot Student Services Center on the Niceville campus and offers facilities to host association, community, governmental meetings and special events.

The programs of the Costa Leadership Institute are specially designed to support the economic and workforce development of our region and our vital role in the state and global economy. The Costa Leadership Institute is committed to providing the highest standard of achievement for our participants and developing strong and ethical leaders to guide our community. Through experienced instructors you will:

  • Learn new skills
  • Develop your expertise
  • Achieve your professional goals and full potential
  • Network with other emerging and established community leaders
  • Earn professional certifications, continuing education credits and much more!

The Allyn C. Donaldson Entrepreneurial Institute at the NWFSC South Walton Center is also under the umbrella of the Costa Leadership Institute with a special focus on creating an entrepreneurial spirit that promotes innovation, creativity and change in leaders from the public and private sectors.

The college has always been a community steward and the Costa Leadership Institute incorporates this part of the college mission by supporting community-based strategic partnerships such as emergency management, public safety, sustainability, and military transition and provides facilities to host meetings and special events for area organizations.

For more information on the NWFSC Costa Leadership Institute, please visit www.nwfsc.edu/LI or call (850) 729-6880.

Recreation and Leisure (Personal Enrichment)

A variety of non-credit personal enrichment courses are available throughout the year. Topics range from computer skills, finance, consumer education and a variety of courses to meet the needs of the community. Fees vary with the length and type of course offered; most classes are held on the Niceville Campus.


The PRIME Time program offers a wide selection of non-credit courses for adults of all ages who are interested in leisure learning. Courses range from art, politics, fitness, food and wine, lunch and learns, and computers. The main objective of these classes is for personal enrichment, therefore students learn at their own pace, without the stress of grades and tests. The course offerings are planned by a special PRIME Time Curriculum Committee, which considers topics and suggestions of past enrollees and of community members. Fees vary with the length and type of course. Classes are held at the Niceville Campus, South Walton Campus and at select locations in the local area. For more information call (850) 729-6084.