GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) The College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus Opened its doors to the public for the first time today.
“It’s great because I don’t have to drive so far now, I’m literally right down the road. Most classes that are upper end or require a lab, you have to drive from where I live an hour or more to the Ocala campus or the Citrus campus,” said Dilan Jones, student.
Vice President of Regional Campuses at College of Central Florida, Vernon Lawter, says it’s been a long time coming.
“13 years ago our board decided that we needed a permanent facility in the county and we’ve had two different presidents working on that project, lots of trustees, community support, and legislative support for the community, college and our students especially we were able to get this accomplished,” said Vernon Lawter, V.P. For Regional Campuses.
The campus has a welding center, a fitness center, five traditional classrooms, three computer labs, and a state of the art science room.
“The programs are probably the most exciting thing, students can come here and get their associate degree and really turn their lives in the direction of their choosing,” said Lawter.
‘There being a college campus here now I don’t have to drive so far so it opens a lot more opportunities,” said Jones.
The college offers 62 different pathways and classes begin on August 21st.