International College Changes Name, Expands Programs

After receiving a $12 gift from benefactors Earl and Thelma Hodges in May, International College changed its name to Hodges University. Hodges University currently offers more than a dozen online degrees, and they plan to use the gift to expand their programs and begin marketing them to national and international students. According to News-Press:

President Terry McMahan said the unrestricted gift will be used in part to expand the distance education program from the 10 online degrees offered.

"We're going to start marketing our programs nationally and internationally," he said.

"We're going after those students who probably take all of their courses online and will not necessarily be from this area."

The institution serves about 1,800 students and is expected to grow to more than 2,000 by 2008. Most are young adults.

"These are serious students. They're here for a purpose. Most of them are married, a lot of single mothers with one, two and three children," said Earl Hodges, a retired businessman who owned Hodges Funeral Home in Naples for more than 40 years.

International College was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1998. They offer 10 associate, 11 bachelor and 7 master's degrees through their School of Professional Studies, School of Allied Health, School of Technology, and the Kenneth Oscar Johnson School of Business.

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