Prospective Edison students sound off on attending the college

Gabrielle Sarann

Prospective Edison students sound off on attending the college

CREATED Jun. 23, 2012

FORT MYERS - Some prospective Edison students hadn't even heard.

"No, I wasn't aware of that," said Jessica Noel, 18, a recent graduate of Lely High School in Naples.

That the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has put the college on probation. It's irrelevant to Noel. She plans to attend this fall.

"I think that Edison is a great school because all four of my family members came here," said Noel. 

Fox 4 caught up with potential students during an open house and tour of Edison State College's new $26 million dorm, Lighthouse Commons. 

"It's much different than what you think of a residence hall back in the day where there's just community showers and that sort of thing," said Dr. Amy Teprovich, the director of student life.

the building is 165,000 square feet and boasts 123 suites to house 405 students. 

"The rooms look spectacular," said Alexandra DiNicola, 19, who just graduated from Fort Myers High School and will be moving into the new dormitory. "I'm excited to live in them."

DiNicola is aware of the scandals. "Just everything that's going on and the whole probation and all that," she explained.

But DiNicola will be attending the college anyway. Edison has two years to fix seven violation otherwise its accreditation will be stripped.

"I'm aware that they got in a little bit of trouble and if you try to transfer, you could not get your accreditation to transfer to a bigger school," said Terrel Griffin, 18, a graduate of Island Coast High School in Cape Coral.

That's the goal of some Edison students. Many hoping their tuition dollars won't be spent in vain. 

"I hope that they're off probation so the accreditation counts for when I transfer," added Griffin.

Move-in day is August 20 and classes start on August 23.

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