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The University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services, in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs, will hold a dedication ceremony for a new two-story addition at 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, at the College of Education and Human Services, Building 57.
“The University is especially grateful to Sen. John Thrasher for his leadership in securing the funding from the state to construct this facility that houses four of our programs,” said UNF President John Delaney. “I’m so proud that UNF is a compassionate campus, one that gives our students the resources they need to be successful.”
The structure comprises nearly 16,000 gross square feet and cost approximately $5.6 million to construct. The facility houses four University units, including the Disability Resource Center (DRC), Military and Veterans Resource Center (MVRC), On Campus Transition (OCT) Program and the Institute for Values, Community and Leadership.
“We are extremely excited about the addition to our facility. The new offices complement the original construction, and the closeness of the Student Affairs units to our faculty and students provides excellent opportunities for collaboration,” said Dr. Larry Daniel, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at UNF.
The Disability Resource Center is housed on the first floor, which is 8,234 gross square feet, and includes a state-of-the-art assistive technology lab, library, testing facilities and staff offices. The DRC began offering services in 1990, currently serving nearly 800 UNF students with diagnosed disabilities, ranging from learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD and physical or medical disabilities to psychological/emotional disabilities, blindness/deafness and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The second floor of the structure, which is 7,757 gross square feet, is home to the On Campus Transition Program, Military and Veterans Resource Center as well as the Institute for Values, Community and Leadership. The space includes administrative offices, counseling rooms, a small reference library and group activity rooms.
The OCT Program, among only eight programs of its kind around the state, began in the fall of 2006 and currently serves 25 students with intellectual disabilities. The program is a complete partnership with The Arc Jacksonville, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with development/intellectual disabilities become physically, mentally, socially and economically independent. UNF’s OCT students can remain in the program for a maximum of four years, selecting two-year or four-year tracks that mirror options provided to most college students.
The University, named a “Military Friendly School” for the past three consecutive years by G.I. Jobs magazine, began offering support services and programs to the military student population in November 2009 and opened the MVRC in August of 2010. The Center assists more than 1,000 UNF veteran and active military students with the often overwhelming admission, enrollment and financial aid processes, providing a supportive environment for this student population to achieve academic and life success.
The Institute for Values, Community and Leadership, which was established with a new focus over a year ago, gives graduates in today’s competitive job market a way to set themselves apart from their peers, helping them to get noticed by potential employers or graduate schools. That extra edge or “add-on dimension” at UNF is the Leadership Certificate. Currently, there are 400 students enrolled in the Leadership Certificate Program.
The College of Education and Human Services addition has followed UNF’s other new buildings on campus as a “green” building, meaning it uses energy-saving measures, recycled materials and natural light to improve the work environment. Baker Barrios Architects in Orlando designed the facility and PPI was the construction management firm for the project.
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