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Business and Technology Division
Charles Hilton Center  (CHC) 

Melanie Boyd
Chair, Business and Technology
Email address:
Charles Hilton Center  (CHC) 102

Dana Erskine
Senior Administrative Assistant
Email Address:
Charles Hilton Center  (CHC) 103

Jordan Hale
Academic Program Support Specialist
Email Address: 
Charles Hilton Center  (CHC) 104

Business, Technology, and Culinary

Business and Technology are like the yin and yang of today’s society. Business must keep up with technology to stay competitive; but without business savvy, technological goods and services don’t even make it to market. Gulf Coast State College’s Business and Technology Division offers you the advantage of this interdependence and learning in a state-of-the-art technology center.

Choose From a Variety of Business, Technology, and Culinary Programs


Job Outlook for Business, Technical, and Culinary Careers

In December 2015, employment projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that choosing a degree or job training program in the Business and Technology Division at Gulf Coast State College is smart. Your business degree, IT or technology program, computer science degree or culinary arts program will pay off. Top growth is expected in the following occupations

  • computer and mathematical jobs will surge 13.1%
  • construction and extraction jobs will jump 10.1%
  • business and financial jobs will increase 8.4%
  • management jobs will rise 5.5%

Your best choices for a fast growing career between now and 2024 include:

  • statisticians, growing at 33%
  • operations research analysts at 30.2%
  • personal finance advisors at 29.6%
  • software developers, applications at 18.8%
  • cooks at 14.3%
  • accountants and auditors at 10.7%, and
  • general operations managers at 7.1%

Overall, technical and health care careers are projected to grow the fastest by 2024, representing about 1 in 4 new jobs.

The Business and Technology Division at Florida’s Gulf Coast State College offers three majors in the bachelor of applied science degree program, 11 program options leading to the associate of arts degree, 14 associate of science degree options and 27 certification programs.

Meet Luis

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Future IT Administrator Manufacturing

“When you enjoy something you do, it’s not really work, and that’s why I’m in the IT program at Gulf Coast State College. All of my professors are passionate about what they do, and the program is affordable – I appreciate that.”


Charles Hilton Center for Advanced Technology and Hospitality Management

As a student in the Business and Technology Division, you’ll take courses in the $35 million, Gold LEED-certified Advanced Technology Center, one the most technologically advanced learning facilities in the country. Classroom and lab space in the three-story building provide education and training in renewable energies, alternative energies, sustainable building design, architecture and engineering, information science, computer integrated manufacturing, accounting, business, entrepreneurship, the culinary arts, online learning and more.

Highlights of the Charles Hilton Center for Advanced Technology and Hospitality Management
Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.