Hodges University will host an open house at its new Science & Technology building on its Naples campus. The open house will take place immediately following a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, February 26 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Last month, Hodges University announced the expansion of its educational facilities at its Naples campus in order to accommodate continued strong enrollment growth. The university entered into a lease-purchase agreement with Stock Development to acquire the two-story office building located at 2647 Northbrooke Drive, near the current main George Gaynor Building. The university has developed the first floor and part of the second floor, with Stock Development maintaining its headquarters at the location.

The 25,000-square-feet of space on the ground floor of the building has been converted into classrooms for the Schools of Allied Health and Technology. The facility also holds a community room, which can accommodate up to 300 people for special events.  The building is also home to the France Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL).

“We are excited to show the community our new facility, said Dr. Terry McMahan, President of Hodges University. “It has allowed us to provide our students, our CLL members and the public with new, state-of-the-art classrooms and a high tech community room. This expansion nearly doubles the amount of space we currently have dedicated to our Allied Health and Technology programs, which are two of our most popular programs. I hope the community will join us for our open house.”

The School of Allied Health is the single largest academic program at Hodges University offering degrees in Health Administration, Health Studies, Health Information Technology and Medical Assisting. The School of Technology is one of the university’s fastest growing academic programs offering degrees in Computer Information Technology, Digital Design and Graphics, and Information Systems Management.

McMahan noted that as the university ran out of classroom space in its existing facilities administrators had to be more creative in scheduling, such as offering more courses online and offering afternoon classes on campus for the first time. The new facility enables the university to accommodate enrollment for several years.

Staff members will be on hand to offer guided tours of the new facility, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call (239) 598-6210.

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