Updated: Jan. 29, 2015
Seminole State College of Florida is celebrating a half-century of expanding access to higher education in Central Florida with a yearlong celebration in 2015.
The commemoration began on Monday, Jan. 12 -- the first day of classes -- with the launch of 50 Days of Service, a student-led volunteer initiative. More than 50 community volunteer opportunities are planned throughout Spring Term as part of the initiative.
“Seminole State has a rich legacy of giving back to the community we serve,” says Dr. Jan Lloyd, associate vice president of student development. “50 Days of Service is all about getting the College community involved in making a difference. There are many opportunities for students, and faculty and staff to serve and be part of helping to commemorate our 50th anniversary.”
Students can learn more about volunteer opportunities and the 50 Days of Service on the College's 50th anniversary website or in the Office Student Life on any campus.
Additional events include:
Realizing the Dream
Fifty years ago, a college education was out of reach for most Central Florida residents. In June 1965, Gov. W. Haydon Burns signed legislation – initiated by the Seminole County School Board – to establish a public junior college in Seminole County. A year later, Seminole Junior College opened in a former citrus grove with about 750 students in 17 portable buildings. The college offered one degree program and had about 30 full-time faculty and staff.
Today, more than 30,000 students per year are enrolled at six sites throughout Central Florida – pursuing more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs, including five bachelor’s degrees. Seminole State is the third largest employer in Seminole County, with 1,581 full- and part-time faculty and staff.
Among the achievements in Seminole State’s history:
For more information on the 50th anniversary, please visit seminolestate.edu/50.
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