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For questions or additional information, contact
Pat Strayer
850.769.1551 ext. 5501


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Welcome to Gulf/Franklin Education Encore!

Whether you want to learn a new skill, aim to improve your quality of life or explore a new hobby, this is the place! Stay up to date with NEW course and program listings. 

Do you have an idea for a class or do you know someone who excels at teaching and enriching other’s lives? If so, contact  Pat Strayer below.


The College is committed to the safety of all students, faculty and staff and continues to follow guidelines provided by the CDC and health officials. If social distancing guidelines cannot be met, students and employees will be required to wear face coverings while inside the classrooms and when in close proximity to other colleagues, students and visitors. Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable face coverings. Reusable masks will be available for purchase in the GCSC Bookstore. Additionally, safety protocols are in place if an employee or student is exposed to or contracts COVID-19.

The College has also taken additional precautionary safety measures including: installing Plexiglas shields in high traffic areas; distributing reusable masks to full-time employees; fogging classrooms, labs and public spaces with disinfectant; equipping classrooms with disinfectant wipes; and nightly facilities crews for extra cleaning.

Additional Information:

  • Classes will consist of a limited number of students to ensure social distancing can be maintained.
  • Face masks are required while in any college facility.
  • If there is a notice that Education Encore cannot occur due to a Governor's order, a prorated refund will be provided.

A full refund is available for participants who send an email request to by 12:00 pm five workdays prior to the first day of class. After this date, refunds will not be granted.  GCSC reserves the right to cancel courses and/or the program due to insufficient enrollment.



Education Encore is for adults. You are not required to have Florida residency.
Education Encore is offered during the fall and spring semesters. Classes in each semester meet once a week for six consecutive Wednesdays at the Gulf /Franklin campus.
Click on the Register button next to the class.
The fee for participants is $75 for the six-week program, which includes three classes each Wednesday.
Each course description includes the abbreviated classroom location.
If needed, participants will receive class location changes in the packets distributed at orientation.
Individuals interested in the next Education Encore can visit the Gulf/Franklin website  for up to date information.
Gulf Coast State College is committed to equal access/equal opportunity in its programs, activities and employment. For additional information visit GCSC Equity webpage or call the Accessibility Resources office at 850.747.3243. Contact us! If you would like more information, give us a call at 850.872.3823 or toll-free at 1.800.311.3685 ext. 3823. You can also visit our Web page at
A full refund is available for participants requesting by 4:00 PM five work days before the first day of class.  GCSC reserves the right to cancel courses and/or the program due to insufficient enrollment.
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.