1,000-student university to open in Gables
By Laura Stace
The University of Southernmost Florida will soon open the doors of a Coral Gables campus.
Ernesto Perez, president and CEO of Dade Medical College, said the company is in negotiations for 40,000 to 50,000 square feet of classroom space in Coral Gables.
Classes are expected to start in the new year, he said, with faculty added as needed.
"We are expecting to host over 1,000 students when the campus is fully developed," he said.
Last year, Dade Medical College purchased Jacksonville's Southern Career College. The name was changed to University of Southernmost Florida and new programs up to the master's degree level were added.
The acquisition of Southern Career College was the first for Dade Medical College.
The University of Southernmost Florida's admissions and financial aid offices are to open in November in the former H&R Block building at 178 Giralda Ave.
"The programs that will be launching in the new year will be business administration, public administration, and master's degrees in nursing leadership and nursing education," Mr. Perez said.
Hospitality and hotel management will be coming in short order, he said.
Mr. Perez, who lives in Coral Gables, said the city's central location was factored into the decision to expand there.
"Over the years, the city leaders have done a great job at planning and developing the city," he said. "It is just a great place to be."
Mr. Perez said Dade Medical College is moving its corporate offices to Coral Gables, at 95 Merrick Way, anticipated at the end of the year.
According to its website, the college now operates six campuses: Miami, Miami Lakes, Homestead, Hollywood, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville.
Mr. Perez said it will be adding one more campus to its list next year, most likely in Kendall.
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