The Charles R. and Nancy V. Perry Center for Emerging Technologies is located in Alachua, Fla., the heart of Florida’s high-tech corridor, about 13 miles from SF’s Northwest Campus. The Perry Center provides citizens of northern Alachua County an opportunity for a college education close to home.
The Perry Center focuses specifically on emerging technology degrees. The 30,000 square foot building opened in 2009 and has functioning laboratories and state-of-the-art technology classrooms. The Perry Center is intentionally located near Santa Fe High School, which offers a biotechnology program that articulates to the SF Biotechnology A.S. degree, and across the street from Progress Corporate Park. Progress Park, a growing industrial park with approximately 1,000 employees, is anchored by the University of Florida’s Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator, RTI Surgical, lntermed, and graduates of the UF Sid Martin Incubator —Nanotherapeutics, Banyan Biomarkers and Axogen.
Perry Center Activities
Together with the Research in Undergraduate Education initiative, the Perry Center hosts a three-day STEM Fest annually in November. Santa Fe College students and area high schools are invited to display posters showcasing their accomplishments in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). Each evening the fest features a guest speaker from a STEM discipline.
Stem Summer Camp
Each summer, Santa Fe College invites rising ninth graders in Alachua and Bradford Counties to apply for a free, weeklong environmental day camp at the Perry Center. Campers have fun with hands-on activities in toxicology, earth and water sciences, DNA science, energy resources and computer gaming. Funding for the camp is provided by the Santa Fe College Perkins Initiative. Learn more