Palm Beach State College is moving swiftly to complete the first phase of its new Loxahatchee Groves campus in the fall after receiving an additional $9 million for the project from the state Legislature.
Construction is on schedule for the first building, a three-story, 50,000-square-foot multipurpose facility on the 75-acre campus on Southern Boulevard west of B Road. It is the major piece of the $30 million phase that also included building and site design, paving, drainage, utility infrastructure and the furniture, fixtures and equipment. The Legislature had already approved $6 million for the campus in 2014. The remaining $15 million from the project is coming from College funds.
College leaders say 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. They project that the campus will serve 3,000 students initially and create greater access to higher education and job training for residents and businesses in Palm Beach County’s growing west-central area. The College had been holding some of its classes at Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and Palm Beach Central high schools.
“We are very excited to see how rapidly this project is moving,’’ said Dr. Jacqueline Rogers, Loxahatchee Groves campus director. “We look forward to having a permanent site to serve the residents in that area.”
With health sciences and technology as the initial focus of the Loxahatchee Groves campus, the College will offer the 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 for an Associate in Arts degree also will be offered.
In February, the College signed a memorandum of understanding with Boca Raton-based Modernizing Medicine to create an innovative training hub at the campus. The MOU provides that Modernizing Medicine would give PBSC students training for healthcare jobs, access to its groundbreaking iPad-based electronic health record (EHR) system, modmed EMA™, and practice management system, modmed PM™. In exchange, Modernizing Medicine, which employs approximately 500 people, would have access to certain campus facilities to provide training to its customers.
“I’m confident that this will be a campus that the residents in Loxahatchee Groves and surrounding communities will be proud to have there,’’ said Ava L. Parker, J.D., PBSC president.
Palm Beach State also has campuses in Lake Worth, Belle Glade, Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens.