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1965-1974, Groundbreaking Beginning
 
Seminole County Junior College - 1965 Logo

In 1965, the Seminole County educational and community leaders worked with the Florida Legislature to establish the first public college in the region. On July 1, 1965, Seminole Junior College was chartered.

That fall, the School Board appointed Dr. Earl Weldon as president. Over the next 10 months, Dr. Weldon worked with Superintendent R.T. Milwee to outline program offerings, hire the first faculty and staff, and purchase 170 acres of citrus groves to create a campus.

Aerial View of Seminole County Junior College

In August 1966, Seminole Junior College opened  with 750 students and 10 portable classrooms. In May 1968, the first graduation was held. The pace of growth quickened during the first decade, as the College rapidly expanded facilities and programs. In 1971, SJC became responsible for all adult, general and vocational education in Seminole County, transforming into the comprehensive College it is today.

 
1975-1995, Realizing The Dream
 
Seminole Community College Students in the 1970's

In 1975, SJC became Seminole Community College. As the 1970s turned into the 1980s, Seminole County’s population and demand for college access continued to mushroom. So, in 1987 SCC opened a satellite Hunt Club Center, expanding services to Seminole County’s southwest section.

As the 1990s arrived, SCC celebrated its first 25 years. In 1994, the public safety program’s gun range was relocated to Geneva on 200  acres leased from Seminole County. In 1995, the College began preparing for Dr. Weldon’s announced retirement, and christened the Weldon Administration Building to honor his 30 years of visionary leadership.

 
1996-2008, Expanding Opportunities
 
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In 1996, Dr. E. Ann McGee became the College's second president. She worked with the community to raise the College’s profile and broaden access to higher education.

The dawn of a new century brought an era of exponential growth in enrollment, facilities and opportunities for students.

In 2001, the 180-acre Oviedo Campus opened just north of UCF. In 2002, the UCF partnership expanded with the opening of a UCF Regional Campus on SCC’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. Five years later, a new automotive training Center was Oviedo Campuscompleted on the Sanford /Lake Mary Campus, followed by the opening of the Heathrow Campus – a model of business and community partnership. In 2008, the Altamonte Springs Campus opened as the new home to SCC’s health programs. Back on the original campus, an $83 million renovation continued unfolding.

 
2009-2015, Transforming Tomorrow
 
Student During Commencement Ceremony

In 2009, SCC announced the expansion of the College’s mission to include offering baccalaureate degrees. In September 2009, the Board of Trustees chose a new name for the institution, Seminole State College of Florida.

Today, the ongoing renovation of the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus continues, with a Student Center and Wellness Center planned. A new master plan has been crafted for the Oviedo Campus. A huge expansion of the Altamonte Springs Campus is on the horizon that calls for a major transformation into a signature educational complex.

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From 10 portable classrooms and 750 students  Seminole State now ...

  • Is the eighth-largest of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System.
  • Has annual enrollment of more than 30,000 students.
  • Has students from  86 countries.
  • Offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs, including five bachelor's degrees. 
  • Has partnerships with Seminole County Public Schools and UCF that are considered national models.

From Orange Grove to an Alma Mater. It all started with a dream ... a dream that has been realized in extraordinary ways. Now, on to the next 50 years!

 
 
 

Events

JANUARY
12 – 16 Student Service Fairs
Altamonte Springs, Oviedo and Sanford/Lake Mary campuses
17 – 18 Central Florida Scottish Highland Games
8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Visit our booth at Winter Springs' Central Winds Park
20 – 22 Faculty and Staff 50th Kick-Off Celebration
  • Jan. 20, 2-3 p.m. — Oviedo Campus
  • Jan. 21, 8-9 a.m. — Heathrow Campus
  • Jan. 21, 2-3:30 p.m. — Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
  • Jan. 22, 2-3 p.m. — Altamonte Springs Campus
FEBRUARY
13 Decision Day
Seminole State hosts Seminole County Public Schools High School Seniors on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
19 Seminole County Chamber of Commerce's "State of the County"
28 Dream Gala
50th Anniversary Dream Gala
MARCH
25 Seminole State College Orlando Magic Night
6:30 p.m. — Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks: Seminole State will be featured in the pre-game presentation at 6:30 p.m. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at the Amway Center, Orlando
APRIL
4 Lake Mary Family Fun Day
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. — Central Park at City Hall 
14 Jazz Night Program - Five Decades of Music
7:30 p.m. — Repertoire to include tunes representing five decades of the College's history, Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Fine Arts Concert Hall (building G)
MAY
10 Seminole State College Spring Commencement Ceremony
2 p.m. — CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida
14 Sanford Alive After 5
5 - 8 p.m. — Downtown Sanford @ 230 East First Street
JULY
3 Red, Hot and Boom 2015
4 - 11 p.m. — Cranes Roost Park - 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs
SEPTEMBER
3-Oct. 29 Fine Arts Gallery Presents: Alumni Invitational Exhibit
Featuring the works of Seminole State Fine Arts alumni, Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Fine Arts Gallery (building G)
26 Casselberry Latin Jazz and Art Festival
5 - 9 p.m.  at Lake Concord Park
OCTOBER
24 Norm Lewis in Concert
2 p.m.  Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Fine Arts Concert Hall (building G)
NOVEMBER
13-22 Fine Arts Theatre Presents: 'Man of La Mancha'
Great musical celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Broadway premiere, Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Fine Arts Theatre (building G)
14 Great Day in the Country
Visit our booth, Lawton Elementary School, Oviedo
21 - 22 Longwood Arts and Crafts Festival
Visit our booth in historic Longwood
DECEMBER
16 Seminole State College Fall Commencement Ceremony
7 p.m. — CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida
 
 
 

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