George Stone Has A New Name – George Stone Technical College

June 20, 2018

George Stone Area Vocational–Technical Center has been renamed George Stone Technical College.

Officials hope the new name will better identify its mission so that more parents of high school graduates will realize the opportunities the institution provides for career preparation after high school.

The facility offers 22 career and technical programs, from cybersecurity and firefighter/EMT to culinary arts and cosmetology. Officials believe that in order to boost awareness and enrollment at GSTC, a name change was needed.

The School Board agreed at its June 19 Regular Board Meeting to change the name to George Stone Technical College, a move that will coincide with a statewide movement.  Escambia County is the 40th of the 48 school districts that offer adult education and training centers to add “technical college” to its name.

“These technical colleges saw a five to fifteen percent enrollment increase in the first year after changing their names,” said TJ Rollins, GSTC principal.

“The change will improve visibility, recognition and acceptability of the school as a viable post-secondary option for high school graduates and for other citizens of the Escambia County region,” according to the district’s Workforce Education Director, Michelle Taylor

Taylor said it will cost roughly $15,000 to change signs, business cards, letterhead and other materials. The name change comes at the time of year that materials are typically printed annually.
The educational institution began in Escambia County in 1968 and was named after Florida Rep. George Stone of Walnut Hill, an avid supporter of vocational education in the Florida legislature.


2 Responses to “George Stone Has A New Name – George Stone Technical College”

  1. Jean Stone Wiggins on June 20th, 2018 12:08 pm

    GSTC is located at 2400 Longleaf Drive, Pensacola, FL 32526. The phone number is 850-941-6200. For a list of the specific programs offered at GSTC go to:

  2. Citizen on June 20th, 2018 9:38 am

    Where is it located?

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