Santa Fe College
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|Type||2-year or 4-year|
|President||Jackson N. Sasser|
|Location||Gainesville, Florida, USA|
|Colors||Blue and white
|Athletics||NJCAA Region 8, Mid-Florida Conference|
Santa Fe College is a state college located in Gainesville, Florida, and is a member institution of the Florida College System. Santa Fe is accredited by the Florida Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in North Central Florida, its main campus is in Gainesville, Florida. As of 2014, the school reported 22,831 students.
Santa Fe College was established by the Florida Legislature in 1966 in response to a request from the Alachua and Bradford County Boards of Public Instruction, which had canvassed the area and learned that the community would be well served if all citizens have the opportunity for an education. There are programs at Santa Fe that match the interests and meet the needs of almost every student. Most of these programs can be completed in two years. In 2008, Santa Fe College officially changed its name from Santa Fe Community College to emphasize the bachelor's degree programs that it began offering.
- Northwest Campus, located in the Northwest side of Gainesville next to I-75, opened in 1972. The 175-acre (0.71 km2) campus serves as the main campus for the college.
- Andrews Center, located in Starke, opened in the renovated Bradford County Courthouse in 1985. It expanded in 1991 with the restored Cultural Building and in 2001 with the Lillian Stump Center.
- Blount Center, located in downtown Gainesville, opened in 1990. Originally in the renovated 6th Street railroad depot, it expanded in 1993 and again in 2006 with a new classroom building.
- Charles R. and Nancy V. Perry Center for Emerging Technologies, located in Alachua, opened in 2009. The Perry Center serves as the home for the new Clinical Laboratory Technology bachelor's degree, as well as the biotechnology degrees.
- Davis Center, located in Archer, opened in 2003.
- Kirkpatrick Center, located near the Gainesville Regional Airport, opened in 1972. This center, sometimes referred to at the Institute of Public Safety, educates law enforcement and corrections officer recruits and offers programs to retrain sworn officers. The Kirkpatrick Center also educates students in the Emergency Medical Services, Fire Sciences and Aviation Sciences programs.
- Watson Center, located in Keystone Heights, opened in 2005, with a second building being added in 2006.
The school has more than 50 accredited technology and applied sciences programs.
Arts and Sciences Program
Offering an Associate of Arts Degree, the Arts and Sciences Program consists primarily of liberal arts and sciences courses. This program culminates in a two-year liberal arts degree that can be transferred to a university which offers a bachelor's degree. The descriptions, course numbers and content of classes at Santa Fe are the same as those in the first two years at Florida's public universities. Santa Fe's liberal arts courses are also transferable to most public and private four-year schools in the US.
Technology and Applied Sciences Program
Offering the Associate of Science degree or certificate, the Associate of Science program consists of technology and applied sciences courses to designed to prepare students for careers in skilled professions. Some of these programs enable them to transfer to a four-year college or university. Programs offered are Dental Assisting, Air Conditioning Repair, Automotive Technology, Child Development, Construction, Public Safety, Zoo Animal Technology, Information Technology, Cardiovascular Technology, Aviation Safety and Nursing.
Santa Fe College offers seven bachelor's degrees: Clinical Laboratory Science, Early Childhood Education, Health Services Administration, Industrial Biotechnology, Multimedia and Video Production Technology, Nursing, and Organizational Management. An eighth bachelor's degree in information systems technology will be offered at some point in the future.
In 2009, Santa Fe College adopted a fight song. "Saints Forever" was performed for the first time on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 between softball games in Gainesville. The song was a collaboration between Chris Sharp, the college's director of bands, and Ryan B. Leverone, a Santa Fe College student.
Awards and recognition
In 2012 and 2014 the college was named as one of the ten best community colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute. In 2015, The Aspen institute gave the school the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence as best community college in the country.
Notable alumni and attendees
- Debbie Boyd - Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
- Robin Campbell - Former Olympic runner
- Craig Fugate - Director of FEMA
- Adam Kluger - Music Industry Producer. Founder, Kluger Agency
- Connie Mack IV - Former U.S. Representative
- Marco Rubio - Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, United States Senator, 2016 Presidential Candidate
- Karen Thurman - Former U.S. Representative and former Chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party
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