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Columbia County Report: FGC receives $6.1 million for STEM building

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:15 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Florida Gateway College dedicated the day to preparing students for their upcoming classes with their one-stop enrollment event.

In the library, students could complete placement testing, get a student id, enroll in classes, and more.

“The setup is perfect,” said student, Darion Alexander. “You start at square one then you go to square 2, then whenever you finish up, all you got to do is go to the advisor to get your schedule set up. It’s perfect, 1,2,3.”

College staff also helped students with tuition payments and financial aid.

The event came as the college gets ready to pour an additional $6.1 million into its new STEM building.

Construction started this March, and the building is expected to open in August of 2022.

Marketing director, Rob Chapman, said he hopes this building will bring FGC into the modern era, competitive with all the big colleges and universities.

“The chemistry labs, the physics labs, all of that is going to be the latest and greatest and we’re excited because it is going at rapid fire speed,” said Chapman.

Also in Columbia County, Lake City council members voted to move forward with a proposal that would create a military veteran building permit discount.

City officials said this goes further than the state statute, which only allows discounts on permits for veterans who are fully disabled.

The new proposal would allow any veteran in the city who is honorably discharged to get a 50% discount.

Public comment will be allowed at the next meeting.

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