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Exploring Saint Leo University’s Gainesville Education Center

Get an inside look at the Saint Leo University Gainesville Education Center and everything this unique location offers students in central Florida.

Are you looking to earn a college degree in Florida but don’t want to be just a number and would rather have one-on-one support from your professors in small classes? Saint Leo University’s Gainesville Education Center just might be the perfect place for you to pursue your higher education goals.

We recently caught up with Alena White, the Gainesville Education Center director, to find out about everything this Saint Leo University location offers.

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

A: The address for our center is:

4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B
Gainesville, FL 32606

We’re located in the Magnolia Parke plaza next to a Domino’s Pizza location, a personal fitness center, a chiropractor, and an optical center. UF Health also has a medical facility here.

Q: How large is the center?

A: We have a good amount of space here. We occupy two floors within our building. Two classrooms and several offices are on the first level, and we have six classrooms, a student lounge, and a conference room on the second level. Both an elevator and stairs are available.

Some of our classrooms have VTT and SMART Board technologies. We also have Mursion technology in one of our classrooms for education students, allowing them to use augmented reality to virtually mimic a challenging classroom environment.

From left to right, Saint Leo University’s Gainesville Education Center faculty members Dr. Joanne Roberts, Sha'leda Mirra, Dr. Lara Ault and Dr. Charles OdenQ: Which academic programs are offered at this location?

A: We offer the following academic programs:

Associate of Arts (AA)

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

  • Accounting
  • 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)
  • Middle Grades Education (English)
  • Middle Grades Education (Social Science)
  • Psychology (General)
  • Psychology (Clinical/Counseling)
  • Psychology (Developmental)
  • Psychology (Experimental)

Bachelor of Science (BS)

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Health Care Administration

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Business Administration
  • Business Administration – (Accounting)
  • Business Administration (Cybersecurity)
  • Business Administration (Data Analytics)
  • Business Administration (Health Care Management)
  • Business Administration (Human Resource Management)
  • Business Administration (Marketing)
  • Business Administration (Project Management)
  • Business Administration (Social Media Marketing)
  • Business Administration (Sport Business)
  • Business Administration (Supply Chain Global Integration Management)

Master of Education (Med)

  • Education
  • Education (Educational Leadership)

We also participate in Saint Leo FLEX. This option allows students to enroll through our center into one of Saint Leo’s many online degree 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. For our center, we recently added master’s degree programs in criminal justice, human services administration, instructional design, and psychology to our FLEX program options available online.

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

A: We hold classes Mondays through Thursdays. They start as early as 5 p.m. and some go as late as 10:30 p.m.

Recently, we also offered MBA courses on Saturdays from either 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

I should mention that we offer blended courses as well where students can come to our center just one night per week and then complete the rest of their coursework online.

Q: What are the students like at this location?

A: Our population is rich with a mix of veterans, working adults, first-time-in-college individuals, and international students. Each journey is different and we support them every step of the way. Our intent is to remove the barriers to enter college.

Q: What are the faculty like?

A: We currently have four full-time faculty members who each teach in our most popular programs here – psychology, business, social work, and education. We have about 15 adjunct instructors each term who mostly teach in our social work and education programs. They are generally still working in their respective fields and can bring so much practical knowledge to the classroom.

From left to right, Saint Leo University’s Gainesville Education Center staff members Jennifer Booker, Jasmine Jones, Diandra Medina, and Alena WhiteQ: Who are the staff members at the Gainesville Education Center?

A: Along with our faculty, we have three staff members here. Jennifer Booker is our assistant center director. Jasmine Jones is our assistant director of admissions. Diandra Medina is our staff coordinator. We are all willing to assist students to help them succeed.

A photo showing one of the back-to-school drives held at Saint Leo University's Gainesville Education CenterQ: What else does the Gainesville Education Center offer?

A: we have a nice student lounge with vending machines and a place for students to gather either formally or informally. We also bring in a popcorn machine at the start of the terms in the fall and spring.

Plus, we sponsor special community events throughout the year. We recently did a clothing drive. In July, we look forward to hosting Partnership for Strong Families’ Back-to-School Drive. Volunteers pack and organize backpacks for Alachua County children. This year, they expect to provide more than 500 students with new supplies. Last November, we participated in Saint Leo Serves. Our theme: Saint Leo Rocks. Students painted rocks and displayed them around Alachua County as a way of promoting a positive message.

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

A: You can call our center at 352.367.1192. You can e-mail me directly at alena.white@saintleo.edu.

Also, check out Saint Leo University’s Gainesville Education Center webpage and Facebook page.

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