LOXAHATCHEE GROVES — Though Gov. Rick Scott announced on March 15 his plans to slice approximately $256.1 million in projects throughout the state, the $9 million allocated by the Florida Legislature to complete the first phase of Palm Beach State College’s Loxahatchee Groves campus survived his pen.
PBSC’s fifth campus, which will create greater access to higher education and job training for residents and businesses in Palm Beach County’s west-central area, will initially serve more than 3,000 students.
“The Legislature and Gov. Scott understand the need for the new campus and recognize the valuable benefits to our community and our state,’’ said PBSC President Ava L. Parker, J.D. “We are deeply appreciative of their funding support, as it will enable us to move full steam ahead to complete construction this year and to prepare to welcome our first class of students.”
The first building, a 50,000-square-foot multipurpose facility, is slated for completion this fall on the 75-acre campus on Southern Boulevard west of B Road.
While some classes or information sessions will be offered at the new campus this fall, a complete schedule of courses will begin in January 2017.
Health sciences and technology will be the initial focus of the Loxahatchee Groves campus. The college will offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Health Information Technology Associate in Science degree, Health Informatics Specialist certificate, Medical Information Coder/Biller certificate and Medical Transcription applied technology diploma.
General courses leading to the Associate in Arts degree will also be offered.
The Florida Board of Education approved Palm Beach State’s request to build a fifth campus in April 2006, and the College finalized the purchase of the 75 acres in October 2012.
For more information on Palm Beach State College, visit palmbeachstate.edu.
Pictured above: The south side of Palm Beach State College’s 50,000-square-foot multipurpose facility currently under construction.