TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 1, 2012) -
Tallahassee Community College will soon expand its services in Wakulla County due in large part to a lease agreement with Centennial Bank.
TCC assumes approximately 10,000 square feet of the existing bank structure that currently houses Centennial Bank’s Crawfordville branch.
TCC’s first Wakulla County-based service center opened in January 2006. Through programs such as the Ecotourism Institute and the Green Guide Certification Program, the facility has served hundreds of residents in Wakulla County and the neighboring coastal region. With growth and a need for expansion of services, however, came the need for additional space – the current facility is 3,835 square feet.
“We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for the residents of Wakulla County,” said TCC President Jim Murdaugh. “The decision made by the Board and Centennial Bank gives the College many avenues to explore as we seek to expand our education offerings in Wakulla County and the surrounding areas.”
The new TCC Wakulla Center will expand the College’s workforce offerings to help train more citizen for in-demand jobs. It will also offer a limited number of basic “for credit” classes in order to help Wakulla County residents begin their education path with TCC. The TCC Wakulla Center will provide access to a full array of student services, including admissions, advising, financial aid and testing, as well as services to the College’s Learning Commons, which may be facilitated online or by appointment.
TCC also anticipates expanding its environmental institute classes at the Center.
“We are excited about our partnership with Tallahassee Community College,” said Tracy French, Centennial Bank Regional President. “Centennial Bank is a strong supporter of education, and we value the opportunities that education offers.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this win-win join venture for our community and are looking forward to the first classes being offered.”
The five-year agreement ends January 31, 2017, at which time both sides can choose to renew the lease.
The new TCC Wakulla Center, located at 2932 Crawfordville Highway, is scheduled for a late 2012 opening, possibly in time for the fall semester. Until the new facility is open, TCC will continue to offer a number of workforce programs in ecotourism, allied health and manufacturing at the existing Wakulla Center.