Perry Center Expansion Increases Enrollment Capacity to 854 Students

Santa Fe College has completed the Charles R. and Nancy V. Perry Center for Emerging Technologies Building Expansion Project Grant.  This three-year grant project was led by Bill Reese and funded through a $1.67 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA).

The purpose of this project was to construct a 6,000 square feet laboratory and classroom addition at the Santa Fe College Perry Center for Emerging Technologies in Alachua. This third phase of construction will facilitate growth and enrollment increases to train critically needed employees for job openings in Biotechnology, Biomedical Technology and Clinical Laboratory Science.

The expansion will accommodate an additional 144 enrollments in laboratory courses serving multiple programs, and allow for 384 enrollments in classroom-based courses. The addition will add approximately 528 enrollments to the Center’s capacity making the total enrollment capacity approximately 854 students, nearly tripling the initial impact of the facility.

These programs are under the leadership of Dr. Kelly Gridley, Dean for Emerging Technologies.