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St. Petersburg College opens Midtown Center with block party

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St. Petersburg College is about ready to show off its new addition. This Saturday, SPC  will  celebrate the opening of a revamped Midtown Center with a block party and ribbon cutting. Festivities start at 11 a.m. And anyone who attends and applies for classes that day, Aug. 1, will have the school’s normal $40 application fee waived.

Other perks include live entertainment, free barbecue and drinks, tours of the new facility, a “kids zone” sponsored by St. Pete Parks & Recreation, full registration services, free vouchers for SPC’s “Learn to Earn” career development courses, cost-free career and academic advising, financial aid service assistance, and around 30 vendors and community organizations.

Classes at the new Midtown Center will start Aug. 17, at the beginning of the Fall term. Certificate programs will be offered in advanced manufacturing, clinical medical assisting, computer support, early childhood education, entrepreneurship, and human services, with the latter two also offering associate in science degrees. An associate in arts transfer degree will be offered as well.

The 45,000-square-foot facility was named after Douglas L. Jamerson Jr., the South St. Pete native and former state legislator, education commissioner and secretary of labor.

According to an SPC press-release, Midtown’s original campus opened in 2003, “in response to the city of St. Petersburg’s need for help with the educational portion of the Midtown Redevelopment Act.”

The address is 1300 22nd St. S., in the Deuces Live neighborhood, just a couple blocks from the original local.

Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail, or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.

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