Start of classes marks milestone in Seminole State College’s history
SANFORD, Fla. (Aug. 25, 2014) –The start of classes today (Monday, Aug. 25) at Seminole State College of Florida marks the beginning of an exciting chapter in the college’s history – 50 years of growth, educational leadership and student success.
As Seminole State prepares to celebrate this milestone, here’s a look at what’s new for the 2014-15 academic year.
- Golden anniversary celebration: Seminole State students are part of history as the college celebrates five decades of student achievement. Student parking stickers highlight the college’s 50th anniversary logo. Events gear up in January and continue throughout 2015. Gov. W. Haydon Burns signed the act creating the first public college in the Orlando area on June 4, 1965. The college opened with about 750 students in August 1966.
- New programs: Students can choose from five new certificate programs, including automotive maintenance and light repair, instructional design and residential staging specialist. Seminole State also is adding more fully online programs, including Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Information Systems Technology and Construction.
- New opportunities: As part of the tuition equity bill, which went into effect July 1, undocumented immigrant students who are recent graduates of Florida high schools may receive an out-of-state fee waiver that allows them to pay the same rate as Florida residents. At least 45 students have signed up so far to receive the waiver this fall.
- Student-veterans: The number of new, first-time GI Bill students at Seminole State is up 40 percent this fall. One factor is the “Florida GI Bill,” which allows all honorably discharged veterans to receive a waiver to receive in-state tuition.
- Dual enrollment: Sixteen high school juniors at Crooms Academy of Information Technology are signed up for a new program that allows them to receive their Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree as they complete their high school diploma. The program saves students about $8,000, as it covers the cost of tuition as well as books. This is the first time the A.A./high school option has been offered in Seminole County.
- The Seminole State Way: Students, faculty and staff are invited to embrace The Seminole State Way, a new collegewide civility initiative designed to promote integrity, respect, diversity and inclusion. Events are planned throughout the year, including Hey Day, which is designed to promote inclusion, on Oct. 1.
- Wellness Center: Seminole State is offering a number of free health and wellness opportunities for students, faculty and staff starting this fall. This includes free fitness classes and a student health fair on Nov. 5. The new initiative is in advance of a planned wellness center at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
- First family restroom: After construction updates over the summer, Seminole State’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus has its first family restroom. Adding the restroom was a top priority last academic year for members of Unity! (Gay Straight Alliance). The facility is open to parents and their children of the opposite sex, people with disabilities, or those who need assistance. The College plans to add family or gender neutral restrooms at additional sites and include them in the designs of future projects.
- Parking and roadway improvements: The Oviedo Campus, which opened in 2001, is receiving its first update since a new master plan was approved in 2011. The first phase of expansion will begin in early 2015 as part of a planned $2.5 million collegewide parking lot and roadway improvement project. The college plans to build a loop road that will connect the campus’s two parking lots. The project also will add more sidewalks.
Go State. Go Far.
Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965 and a part of the public Florida College System, serves more than 30,000 students with campuses in Altamonte Springs, Heathrow, Oviedo and Sanford/Lake Mary. Seminole State offers nearly 200 degrees, certificates and programs, including five bachelor’s degrees. For more about the College, visit www.seminolestate.edu, and follow us on Facebook, and Twitter @seminolestate.
Jay R. Davis
Director of Communications and Media Relations