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Community Pathfinder Award goes to Wharton-Smith

Seminole State College of Florida President Dr. E. Ann McGee presented this year’s Community Pathfinder Award to Sanford-based Wharton-Smith Inc. Construction Group.

“Wharton-Smith has been one of our most ardent supporters,” McGee said during the annual Collegewide Convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

The Pathfinder Award recognizes those who strive to make a difference at Seminole State.

Ron Davoli

A longtime College supporter, Wharton-Smith has donated more than $500,000 to Seminole State, which includes establishing the Wharton-Smith Center for Construction at the College’s Center for EconomicDevelopment at Heathrow.

Under the leadership of Wharton-Smith President Ron Davoli, the company has led a campaign to raise $1.5 million for the College’s construction programs.

In addition to supporting Seminole State, Wharton-Smith has been the contractor for several major projects on the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, including renovation of the science building; construction of the Center for Public Safety, which houses all of the College’s law enforcement, fire science and EMS programs; and the current remodeling of the L building, one of the oldest buildings on the campus.

“It’s quite an honor for us to receive this award,” said Davoli. “When [company Chairman] George Smith and his partner Bill Wharton started the company, they wanted to build a company that would have a positive impact on the community. Of course, you want to make sure you’re making a good investment, and I can think of no better place than Seminole State College. Its new bachelor’s degree in construction will have a positive impact on our industry for years to come.”

This year’s Convocation, an annual gathering of faculty and staff, came one week after the state Board of Education approved the College’s application to begin offering Bachelor of Science degrees in Architectural Engineering Technology, Business Information Management, Construction, and Information Systems Technology during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Seminole State’s construction programs are housed in the Wharton-Smith Center for Construction at the College's Heathrow Campus. The curriculum, which includes two Bachelor of Science degrees, prepares students for careers as project managers/engineers, surveyors, estimators, schedulers and purchasing agents. For more information, visit the Construction, Engineering and Design website.

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