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Seminole State debuts renovations on all campuses for Spring Term

The renovated Academic Success Center on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus gives students a modern, open space in which to study and work.

Over the last few months, crews have been working on Seminole State College of Florida’s four campuses to give the College a makeover. Here’s how workers have updated and modified Seminole State to help accommodate its students and employees and to provide the best possible environment in which to learn and work.

Academic Success Center Relocation

The Academic Success Center (ASC) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus recently relocated from building L to a newly renovated space in building J. In addition to the renovations to the room itself, the restrooms and corridors surrounding the new ASC also were upgraded.

The new location features brand-new furniture and a 40-station computer lab arranged in an open layout that provides a more comfortable space in which Seminole State’s students can study and work. The center also includes a writing studio where students can get help on written assignments, and a specialized science lab fully stocked with models, microscopes, texts, study aides and more. Lounge areas are available for student groups to gather and collaborate, and other technology – such as tablet computers – is available for students to check out.

The ASC will continue to offer the same services it always has, including tutoring, workshops, supplemental instruction, technical support, classroom-embedded tutors and online tutoring services.

School of Academic Foundations Tutoring Lab

The new learning center at the School of Academic Foundations

Throughout the Fall Term, the School of Academic Foundations received a new tutoring/learning lab, set to open later this spring.

Created from a former art classroom, the lab, located in room B-100, serves as a comprehensive thinking and learning space in which students can work on assignments and receive academic support and enrichment. The facility features all-new furniture and redone floors and painting, tutoring workstations and laptop stations, as well as a closed-off study/meeting room and an outdoor patio, complete with newly installed tables and seating.

Temporarily called “The Think Tank,” Student Council of Academic Foundations will help gather student submissions and suggestions for a permanent name for the facility.

The lab will benefit students in all areas of the School of Academic Foundations, including the Adult High School, the English Language Institute, the General Educational Development Program, the English for Speakers of Other Languages Program and the English for Academic Purposes Program.

Roadway and Parking Lot Renovations

Perhaps the most obvious change around Seminole State is the comprehensive roadway and parking lot renovation project the College underwent on all four campuses. The $2.5 million project addressed needed improvements on most campus roadways and parking lots, as well as some sidewalks.

The hallmark of this project, perhaps, was the new loop road on the Oviedo Campus, which allows streamlined traffic flow and easier access to both sides of campus. Additionally, all lots received paving, sealcoating, striping, pattern reconfiguration, landscaping and other maintenance as needed. Speed tables were installed for pedestrian and motorist safety in some areas, such as College Drive on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

Crews installed the final touches on the project earlier this month, and all lots and roadways are now open. No further closures are anticipated.

The renovations made to the Oviedo Campus include installation of a new loop road, seen connecting the campus's two parking lots around the lake.

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