History of Seminole State College

A Tradition of Excellence in Central Florida

What started in 1966 as a few portable classrooms huddled in a former citrus grove is now Seminole State College of Florida, one of the nation's fastest growing colleges, with six sites spanning Seminole County and enrollment exceeding 32,000.

1965: The Florida State Legislature signed a charter creating Seminole Junior College. The Seminole County School Board hired Dr. Earl S. Weldon, a former president of St. Johns River Junior College in Palatka, to be the newly formed institution's president. Seminole Junior College sign

March 1966: A lot that once belonged to Chase Citrus Groves, near U.S. 17-92 and Interstate 4, was selected for the College's campus.

August 1966: Seminole Junior College opened with 800 students housed in portable classrooms.

1968: Construction began on the College's first permanent structures. The College held its first commencement exercises.

July 1968: The Florida Legislature removed junior colleges from the purview of county school boards and turned the colleges' advisory boards into district boards of trustees.

April 1971: The dedication was held for Seminole Junior College's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

October 1971: The College's enrollment exceeded 7,000.

1975: Seminole Junior College became Seminole Community College, with enrollment reaching 14,161. Phase II of construction was completed with the opening of the College's gymnasium (building H). SCC began Phase III of construction, which included the Fine Arts and Vocational buildings.

1982: The Raider men's tennis team won its first of two back-to-back national tennis championships.

1986: The Hunt Club Center opened.

1987: The College's Adult Education building opened. The new building included a planetarium.Seminole State campus

1994: The Lt. Jim Brantley Firing Range opened at Geneva. The Public Safety Training Center is located on 221 acres of land that the College leases from Seminole County.

July 1994: The Weldon building, the College's administration facility, opened.

1995: Dr. Weldon retired after nearly 30 years of service.

1996: Dr. E. Ann McGee, a community college graduate and administrator at Broward Community College, became the College's second president.

1998: College Drive, a road connecting the College's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus with Lake Mary Boulevard, opened.

1999: The $5 million high-tech Science building opened.

2000: The College's Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center opened at the Port of Sanford.

October 2000: President George W. Bush, then the Republican nominee, gave a campaign speech at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. He was joined by Sen. John McCain and Gov. Jeb Bush.

January 2001: The Oviedo Campus opened to serve residents of east Seminole County.

July 2001: The Construction Trades building (building D) opened on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

2002: Seminole Community College and the University of Central Florida celebrated the grand opening of UCF's new regional campus at Sanford/Lake Mary.

2003: The Raider men's baseball team won its first state title and advanced to the JUCO World Series.

2004: Thousands of students were relocated after Hurricane Frances caused severe damage to building B on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. Gov. Jeb Bush visited the campus to view the damage. The College was honored with the Bellwether Award for being the No. 1 community college in the country in planning, governance and finance.Seminole State graduation ceremony

2006: The College received its first $1 million private donation. The donation, given by Art Grindle, a former state legislator and Central Florida auto dealer, created the Art & Phyllis Grindle Honors Institute.

2006: SCC partnered with UCF to launch DirectConnect to UCF, which guarantees graduates of the College hassle-free admission to the university as well as academic advising by university counselors.

January 2007: With a $2.5 million donation from the Central Florida Auto Dealers Association, the College opened its $10.1 million Automotive Training Center.

August 2007: The College opened its $30 million Center for Economic Development at Heathrow.

January 2008: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist helped dedicate the $33 million Altamonte Springs Campus, which houses all of the College's healthcare programs. The four-story campus replaced the Hunt Club Center.

May 2008: SCC opened the $3 million expansion of its Geneva Center, which includes a Public Safety Driving Track and a new classroom building.

January 2009: The College received state approval to offer its first four-year degree, a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Interior Design.

August 2009: SCC announced plans to change its name to reflect its expanding mission and new status as a state college.

September 2009: The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a motion to rename the institution Seminole State College of Florida.

October 2009: Seminole State dedicated its $17.6 million Center for Public Safety, housing the Criminal Justice, Fire Science and EMS programs in one location on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

January 2010: The $32 million Partnership Center opened on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The building contains a two-story, state-of-the-art library plus classrooms and labs for Seminole State and UCF students.

January 2010: Seminole State welcomed its first baccalaureate class — students pursuing their B.A.S. in Interior Design.

March 2010: Seminole State's Board of Trustees approved the acquisition of 28.57 acres adjacent to the Altamonte Springs Campus, which is on State Road 434 near Maitland Boulevard.

2011: Seminole State was the fastest-growing institution in the Florida College System, according to Florida Department of Education data.

October 2011: Educator Bob Schmidt left the bulk of his estate, valued at nearly $2.5 million, to create endowed scholarships for Seminole State students. The gift, the largest ever to the College, covers the wide range of programs available at Seminole State, including automotive technology, public safety and the first endowed scholarships for baccalaureate students.

December 2011: Eighteen baccalaureate students became Seminole State's first baccalaureate graduates. 

December 2011: Seminole State received $2 million from the Wayne M. Densch Charities to establish a scholarship program for first-generation college students. The donation also gave the Orlando-based Densch trust naming rights to the Partnership Center on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

January 2012: The College began offering Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Architectural Engineering Technology, Business and Information Management, Construction and Information Systems Technology.

April 2012: Seminole State became the only college in the nation with seven consecutive Jack Kent Cooke scholars since 2006. The Jack Kent Cooke is the largest private scholarship in the country for community college students.

May 2012: Seminole State’s Raiders women’s softball and women’s golf teams won their programs’ first state and regional championships.

September 2012: The College’s oldest classroom building, which was renovated in 2011, earned gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for promoting energy-saving green technology. This was the College’s first LEED-certified building.

January 2013: The renovated building L on the College's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus was named "LEED Project of the Year" by the Central Florida Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

For nearly 50 years, Seminole State College has thrived by adapting to and meeting the needs of an ever-changing community. By offering high-quality educational programs and services, the College continues to provide students and area residents with a multitude of resources. Now and in the years to come, opportunities for personal growth abound at Seminole State.

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