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A Closer Look at Saint Leo’s Tampa Education Center

Posted by Greg Lindberg on Apr 10, 2019 4:44:14 PM

A screen shot of the Saint Leo Tampa Education Center on Google MapsIf you live in Florida, you have several avenues you can take to enroll with Saint Leo University. Not only is the institution’s University Campus located just north of Tampa, but the school maintains a variety of Education Centers throughout the Sunshine State as well, in addition to several in other states.

One such location is the Tampa Education Center. We recently caught up with Rod Kirkwood, the center director, to get a full glimpse into the size of this location, which programs and services it offers, and what the advantages of attending this facility are.

Q: Where is Saint Leo’s Tampa Education Center located?

A: The address for our center is:

1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 238
Tampa, FL 33602

We opened this center here in 2011. We are located on the second floor among some other tenants. When you enter off Kennedy Boulevard, you will see two parking garages. Go to the left garage and parking is available on the second through fifth levels. You will then take elevator C to get to our floor.

Current students receive a parking card for free parking, and there are always plenty of spaces available.

Q: How large is the Tampa Education Center?

A: We have five classrooms in our center, along with a conference room. We also have a mobile computer lab with 19 laptops

Two of our classrooms have SMART Boards and two have VTT capability.

Q: What is your connection to Saint Leo’s MacDill AFB Office?

A: We are attached at the hip with our MacDill AFB Office. Military students on base who attend that location also take classes at our center. However, civilian students at our center cannot attend classes at the MacDill AFB Office since it is restricted to active-duty military and veteran students.

This is a photo of a Saint Leo Tampa Education center classroom that was taken from the back of the room at an angle looking toward the front. A few two-seat desks are visible, along with a podium and SMART Board centered on the wall.Q: Which academic programs are offered at this location?

A: We offer the following academic programs:

Associate of Arts (AA)

Business Administration

Criminal Justice

Information Technology

Liberal Arts


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Accounting

Criminal Justice

Business Administration (Logistics)

Business Administration (Management)

Business Administration (Marketing)

Psychology (General)

Psychology (Clinical/Counseling)


Bachelor of Science (BS)

Computer Information Systems

Health Care Administration


Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Social Work


Master of Accounting

Accounting


Master of Arts (MA)

Theology


Master of Science (MS)

Criminal Justice (Legal Studies)

Cybersecurity


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Business Administration

We also participate in Saint Leo FLEX. This option allows students to enroll through our center into one of our many online programs, but it also gives them full access to use our center for face-to-face meetings with advisors, study space, free Wi-Fi, and in general makes students feel like they are connected to a real brick-and-mortar university. I should mention, though, that Saint Leo FLEX is not currently offered at our MacDill AFB Office.

Q: When are classes offered at the Tampa Education Center?

A: We typically have classes in the evening during the week that start between 5 and 7:45 p.m. and end between 10 and 10:30 p.m. We also offer classes on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Plus, our center opens at 8:30 a.m. every weekday, so students are free to come in and use the center as they wish for advising and studying, even if classes aren’t going on.

Q: What are the students like at this location?

A: We have a nice mix of demographics and ages, but I’d say we mostly have students in their 30s and older. We have lots of international influence with some from Europe, Africa, China, and the Middle East. It’s about a 50:50 split in terms of gender. Many of the students are going back to school to finish a degree, pursue a new field, or for advancement opportunities within their current fields.

Q: What are the faculty like?

A: We currently have six full-time faculty members and over 20 adjuncts. Most of our adjuncts work in their respective fields and bring valuable, real-world perspectives to the classroom.

A photo showing the Saint Leo Tampa Education Center staff: Joseph Licari (assistant director of admissions – blue shirt); Yoceline Rincon (staff assistant – black shirt); Sasha Bergstrasser (student advisor – in black and white); Courtney Wethington (assistant director – in tan and pink); Angela Candela (student advisor – in white); Rod Kirkwood (center director – in violet)Q: Who are the staff members?

A: In addition to our great faculty, we have several wonderful staff members. Courtney Wethington is our assistant director. Joseph Licari is our assistant director of admissions.

We have two student advisors, Angela Candela and Sasha Bergstrasser. Sasha handles our VA benefits for military students as well. Our staff assistant is Yoceline Rincon

Q: What else does the Tampa Education Center offer?

A: We have a coffee station and vending machines. The nice thing is that we are conveniently located near lots of restaurants in the Channelside area, as well as a Publix and Starbucks right nearby.

Q: What types of events does the center have throughout the year?

A: We hold a variety of events and drives.

We’ve done clothing drives for local women’s shelters, sock drives for homeless veterans, a drive with hygiene items for homeless shelters, and a food drive for Metropolitan Ministries. We’ve done backpack drives for kids of military students, painting at MacDill Air Force Base, and we plan to adopt a local road and do roadside cleanup work on an ongoing basis.

Plus, we have open houses for prospective students to come check out the center and learn more about our programs.

Q: How can prospective students find out more about this center?

A: You can contact our center by phone at 813.226.2775, and you can email me directly at rod.kirkwood@saintleo.edu.

Also, check out the Tampa Education Center webpage and Facebook page.

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