Diving into Saint Leo University's Lake City Education Center
Get the scoop on the degree programs and everything else Saint Leo University's Lake City Education Center has for students of all ages and backgrounds.
If you live in north Florida and are looking to earn a college degree in a smaller environment with one-on-one support from faculty and staff, Saint Leo University's Lake City Education Center just might be the best fit for your educational goals.
We recently caught up with Lake City Education Center director Jessica Markham to discuss everything about what this unique location has to offer.
A: Our center is located on the Florida Gateway College campus at:
149 SE College Place, Building 101
Lake City, FL 32025
We rent out a small building on their campus for our administration office.
I should mention that Gainesville is the largest city we are closest to, which is about a 40-minute drive from here.
A: There are several benefits to having us share space with Florida Gateway College. We get to use some of their classrooms to hold our on-ground classes. Plus, students have full access to the library and restaurant on campus.
A: We first opened a center in Lake City in 1996. We have had a presence here ever since.
A: We offer a wide selection of bachelor's degree programs. These include:
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Criminal Justice
- Criminal Justice (Criminalistics)
- Criminal Justice (Homeland Security)
- Human Resource Management
- Human Services
- Elementary Education (K-6)
- Business Administration (Logistics)
- Business Administration (Management)
- Business Administration (Marketing)
- Psychology (Clinical/Counseling)
- Psychology (Developmental)
Bachelor of Science (BS)
- Health Care Administration
A: All of our classes are offered between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday evenings. These times make it very convenient for working adults to come to our center after work and earn a degree that won't interfere with their work schedules.
A: Compared to other Saint Leo University Education Centers, our students tend to skew younger. I'd say the average age is about 22, and most are female. We have a great overall mix of ages and also some military veterans.
A: We currently have one full-time faculty member who teaches in our education program. We have a few adjunct instructors who teach across our other programs.
A: We have a small team here. Along with myself, we have Maelyn Babinec, our assistant academic advisor, and Breanna Black, who is an assistant academic advisor and our school certifying official.
A: The biggest benefit of our center is the one-on-one support students receive. This starts with the application process. We walk all students through their application and then make sure they choose the appropriate classes that are conducive to their schedules. We make it a point to get to know our students on a personal level so that they always feel comfortable.
Plus, we try to group students together so they can get to know each other and support each other as they go through their programs. Having small classes of usually no more than 10 students makes this a great way to do this.
Finally, I'd say the fact that we serve a rural community is convenient for many students who would otherwise have to drive a distance to get to other schools.
A: You can call our center at 386-752-6866. You can also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.