• The best way to predict the future is to create it. Peter Drucker

Graduate from the Florida SouthWestern State College



The college, originally known as Edison Junior College, admitted its first students in the fall of 1962. The college was named after inventor and industrialist Thomas Edison, who frequently wintered in Fort Myers. The Lee Campus (now known as the Thomas Edison Campus) opened in 1965 on an 80-acre site with three buildings. The nursing program began on that campus with a $50,000 donation in 1968.

The name changed to Edison Community College in 1972, just after the first nursing classes began to graduate. Ten years later, in 1982, a branch campus of University of South Florida campus was dedicated. The college's arts hall, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, opened its doors in 1986. This Hall became the prime location for performing arts in Lee County.

Construction on the Collier County Campus at Lely lasted from 1991–92, on a 50-acre site in Naples, FL. Soon after that, the Charlotte County Campus opened in 1997, on a 204-acre plot of land in Punta Gorda, FL. This is the largest campus to date. The college revised its mission by publishing a new strategic plan, The Decade of Promise, in 2002. The college again changed its name in 2004, to simply Edison College.