Northwest Florida State College

Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) is a public college in Niceville, Florida. It is part of the Florida College System. NWFSC was founded in 1963 as Okaloosa-Walton Junior College, with its campus in Valparaiso, Florida; students started class the next year. A permanent campus in Niceville was built and started serving students with the 1969–70 academic year.

Northwest Florida State College
MottoEducatio Optima
TypeState college
PresidentDr. Devin Stephenson
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States
Campus264 acres (1.07 km2)
ColorsRed, White and Black               
AthleticsNJCAA Region 8, Panhandle Conference
Northwest Florida State College Chautauqua Center

The school voted to change its name to Okaloosa-Walton Community College in 1988, and gained four-year status in 2003, thus changing its name to Okaloosa-Walton College. In June 2008, Governor Charlie Crist signed a bill that allowed several community colleges, including OWC, to offer four-year degrees and be considered part of Florida's upper education under the newly formed Florida College Pilot Project,[1] making OWC one of the state colleges in Florida. Due to the change, school officials elected to once again change the name, this time to Northwest Florida State College.

NWFSC also has a charter high school called the Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College, which opened in 2000.

Campus locationsEdit

Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State CollegeEdit

Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College
100 College Boulevard


United States
Funding typeCharter
CEEB code101608
DirectorAnthony Boyer
Number of students275[3]
Team nameRaiders

The Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College (CHS) is a charter school in Niceville, Florida, established in 2000, that enables 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-grade students to simultaneously earn both a standard high school diploma and a transferable two-year college degree or transferable college credits. The CHS is a public school and is free of charge to students. College-credit classes, college and high school textbooks, provision for transportation, use of a personal laptop computer, tutoring, and more are all provided at no cost. Students are also allowed to participate in college activities including sports, the Raider Rhythms dance team, and the college's Student Government Association.[4] In 2005, Lyndsi Thomas, a CHS senior, was one of thirty students in Florida selected to the First Team All-State of the All Florida Academic Team. Elected as president of the college's Student Government Association in 2004, Lyndsi was also the only SGA president at a Florida college who was a high school student.[5]

The Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College has been named a "2006 No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon School", among 250 nationwide and 12 from Florida.

Charla Cotton was the original director.[6] She retired in 2011, and Anthony Boyer was named director.[7] Information about the faculty and staff is available on the NWFCHS website.

CHS was named #1 school in Florida for the 2010–2011 school year[8] and a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School in 2013.[9]

Mattie Kelly Arts CenterEdit

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is a $25 million performing arts and educational complex that hosts Broadway's best touring shows, visiting artists, dance and opera companies. The complex encompasses a 1,650-seat mainstage theater which accommodates touring Broadway shows, the 195-seat, flexible Sprint Theater, an art wing with two galleries, a music wing, a visual arts building and the beautiful NWF State College amphitheater.[10]


The school's athletic teams compete in the Panhandle Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association, a body of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 8.

Notable alumniEdit

Alumni Notability
Kedrick Brown Former professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers
Robert Coello Current Major League Baseball pitcher
Andres Feliz College basketball player for the University of Illinois
Jason Michaels Current Major League Baseball outfielder
Alan Ritchson Actor, singer-songwriter, model
Ray Sansom Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
Donell Taylor Former professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards


  1. ^ "Florida College Pilot Project, June 2008". Archived from the original on 2019-01-01. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  2. ^ Northwest Florida State College Collegiate High School: Faculty & Staff
  3. ^ 2009 CHS Press Release
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-07-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Northwest Florida State College Collegiate High School: Faculty & Staff
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ [4]
  10. ^ [5]

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Coordinates: 30°32′22″N 86°28′32″W / 30.5394163°N 86.475644°W / 30.5394163; -86.475644