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Other Learning Centers at Santa Fe

Other Learning Centers at Santa Fe

The Kirkpatrick Center

Opened in 1995, the Kirkpatrick Center is located on 160 acres in Northeast Gainesville near the Gainesville Regional Airport, about 11 miles from SF’s Northwest Campus. Programs offered at the center accommodate the growing need for skilled personnel in emergency medical services, law enforcement and corrections professions in Florida and nationwide.

The Kirkpatrick Center is home to the Santa Fe College Institute of Public Safety (IPS), which encompasses SF’s Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services degree programs and certificate programs in Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic.

IPS also offers basic recruit training in law enforcement and corrections, courses that lead to licensing and certification required for employment in public safety, and continuing education for sworn law enforcement and corrections officers. SF’s Criminal Justice Technology programs also reside under the IPS umbrella, though courses for this program are offered only at the Northwest Campus.

The Andrews Center

Santa Fe College’s Andrews Center in Starke, Florida, provides the residents of Bradford County and other nearby areas an opportunity to gain a college education close to home. The Andrews Center is located about 30 minutes Northeast of Gainesville, and offers high school dual enrollment and associate degree programs as well as community and continuing education.

Classrooms are located in the historic Bradford County Courthouse and two additional educational buildings nearby. The courthouse was renovated in 1985, and in 1991 a restored cultural building was added, followed by the Lillian Stump Center in 2001 which provides additional classroom space.

The center is an integral part of Starke’s downtown redevelopment and restoration. Included in the Andrews Center are the Eugene L. Matthews Historical Museum and a performance venue that provides enhanced educational and cultural opportunities. The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Davis Center

Santa Fe College’s Davis Center in Archer, Florida, provides a quality education for those in Archer and southwestern Alachua County, with day and night GED classes and a large list of associate degree options.

The Davis Center has SMART classrooms, a computer lab, offices and a community meeting room. Staff at the center are available to proctor exams for SF students enrolled in online courses. The center also provides a high school dual enrollment program for area high school students to earn college credit, allowing them to jump-start their college education.

Students receive one-on-one assistance with admission applications, placement testing, registration, advisement and financial aid applications. Students can meet with a math tutor or complete homework on the student computers in the reception area or the computer lab, when available.

The Watson Center

Santa Fe College’s Watson Center in Keystone Heights, Florida, provides the residents of southeast Bradford County an opportunity to earn a college education close to home. The Watson Center consists of two educational buildings, computer labs, a state-of-the-art science lab, a common meeting area, offices and space for the county constitutional officers and sheriff.

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Located along Route 21 between Santa Fe Lake and Lake Geneva, the Watson Center is just 30 minutes east of Gainesville. The center was opened its first building in 2005 and a second building in 2006. The property includes a 40-acre mowed area of mixed pines and oaks, a historic borrow pit and an area of somewhat undisturbed upland sand hill habitat. This area, dubbed the “Watson Woods”, is used as an outdoor classroom.

The center provides a high school dual enrollment program for local high school students to earn college credit. While they are there, students can talk with advisors about the other programs SF has to offer. They can also meet with a math tutor or complete homework in the Watson Center’s open computer lab.

The Blount Center

In addition to offering college and GED-preparation courses, the Blount Center also serves as an outreach and educational facility for citizens in Gainesville and surrounding communities. Center faculty and staff deliver training programs for business, industry and employees of city and county government. The center houses free meeting rooms for civic, business and professional groups.

Tutoring and computer labs are also available. Students can meet with a math or English tutor in the learning labs or get homework done in the Blount Center’s open computer lab.

This urban hub is ideally located for both east and west Gainesville residents. With campus only steps away from shopping, businesses and the University of Florida, the Blount Center makes it easy to take a class during a lunch break or in the evening. With day and night classes for GED, associate and bachelor’s degrees, the Blount Center is a flexible choice for many.

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