The Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott have allocated and approved $7.28 million for the Levy Center construction this year. With that allocation, we will now be able to finish the site work and begin construction on the first permanent higher education facility in Levy County!
“This has been a monumental task, but we got the football over the goal line for a touch down! said Dr. Jim Henningsen, CF president.
“We appreciate the support of the Florida Legislature and Gov. Scott. This campus will bring education and greater opportunities for employment to our Levy community, and we are excited to bring this project to fruition.”
Levy residents can look forward to a projected opening in fall 2017. CF began planning and infrastructure for the campus with $6.3 million in state appropriations received in 2014 and 2015.
Construction of a Levy Campus has been a priority of CF since 2004 when the CF District Board of Trustees approved a search for suitable properties. In 2006, former trustee Loy Ann Mann and her husband, Jack, donated 15.4 acres of undeveloped land to the college. Also in 2006, Jack Wilkinson, a longtime Levy county teacher, donated $2.5 million. An additional $1 million was secured from private donors. In 2007, additional acreage was purchased, expanding the site at 15390 N.W. Highway 19 in Chiefland to 40.4 acres.
CF currently offers classes and full student services at a store-front facility in Chiefland, 114 Rodgers Blvd.
The Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus project includes a stand-alone building with laboratories, general purpose classrooms, library, auditorium and exhibition area, student services and offices for instructors, administration and more.
March 17, 2016
Dec. 9, 2015