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New Facility For Chipola College's School of Education's Growing Program

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It's out with the old and in with the new for the School of education at Chipola College.

Students seeking a Bachelors in one of the college's 5 programs now have a new home.

"Oh I love it," said Miranda Jordan. "We love this building."

Jordan is a junior in the School of Education who says she's motivated a little bit more now with her new surroundings.

"We're actually able to have lots of space for studying for hanging out in between classes," said Jordan. "A lot more roomy, a lot more comfortable."

The old education building was getting smaller and smaller as the program kept getting bigger.

"It only had one actual classroom, so we were all forced inside the little bitty room little bitty desk and then we also had to go to other buildings for other classes, so we were also going back and forth between the campus," said Jordan. 

"We started our program in the spring of 2004 with seven students and today we have well over a 100," said Dr. Jason Hurst, Executive Vice President at Chipola College. "We've grown from two baccalaureate programs to seven today."

Earlier Tuesday, the School of Education debuted their new facility that has grown almost 10,000 square feet from the old space. It's also able to accommodate all the students with five classrooms, a conference room, computer lab, and large gathering area. 

"I think it upgrades the School of Ed to a level that when students walk in, they say they're walking into a different world," said Dr. Lou Cleveland. "A collegiate world."

Dr. Lou Cleveland is the Dean of the Chipola's School of Education and says she's excited about the new building. 

"I think we're gonna be able to offer so many other things that we want to branch out and do other than just offer classes," said Dr. Cleveland. 

She says with everything under one roof in the new facility, it allows students to feel like they're actually starting a program and career.

Dr. Cleveland says now that they have the space, students will begin offering after-school tutoring soon.