PERRY CENTER FOR EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
Santa Fe College
PERRY CENTER Opened in 2009, the Charles R. and Nancy V. Perry Center for Emerging Technologies is located in Alachua, Florida, in the heart of Florida’s high tech corridor, about 13 miles from Santa Fe College’s Northwest Campus. Charles and Nancy Perry began dreaming of a center to serve citizens of northern Alachua County when they recognized the positive impact SF’s Blount Center had on accessible education in East Gainesville. The Perry Center fulfills that dream of providing a college education close to home for these community members. The Perry Center focuses specifically on emerging technology degrees. The center is equipped with cutting-edge laboratories and state-of-the-art technology classrooms. The Perry Center is intentionally located near Santa Fe High School, which offers a biotechnology program that articulates to the SF Biotechnology A.S. degree, and is across the street from Progress Corporate Park. Progress Park is a growing industrial park anchored by the University of Florida’s UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech facility.
CERTIFICATES AND DEGREES DEFINED CERTIFICATE Certificate programs offer career and technical courses to prepare you for entry directly into employment. Certificates do not require 60 credit hours of college course work. However, students must meet specific basic skills requirements in English, math and writing. A certificate typically takes six months to two years to complete.
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE DEGREE The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program is designed to prepare you for a career, but in some cases it may transfer to a bachelor’s program. A.S. programs provide a good balance of general education coursework and hands-on training with the end goal to enter the workforce. The A.S. degree typically takes two years to complete and leads to the bachelor’s degree.
BACHELOR’S DEGREE A bachelor’s degree is the highest degree you can achieve in undergraduate education. Santa Fe College offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degrees in certain program areas. For most, a bachelor’s degree at SF is the next step after obtaining an A.A. or an A.S. degree. It allows students to continue to build skills and advance in a career field. A bachelor’s degree typically requires two additional years after completing an A.A. or A.S. degree.
PROGRAMS OFFERED The SF Perry Center offers certificates and degrees that prepare you for exciting careers in various aspects of biotechnology, clinical lab sciences and phlebotomy. • Biomedical Equipment Technician • Biotechnology Laboratory Technology • Chemical Laboratory Specialist • Chemical Technology • Clinical Laboratory Science • Industrial Biotechnology • Phlebotomy
CHEMICAL LABORATORY SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE (CCC) Chemical laboratory specialists conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in performing qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials. These analyses are used in researching and developing new products or processes. Responsibilities include maintaining quality control and environmental standards, while conducting practical applications of chemistry and related sciences. This certificate is a College Credit Certificate (CCC) that allows students with previous degrees to obtain the necessary skills to enter the workforce.
TIME TO COMPLETION: Five semesters | AVERAGE SALARY: $35,090*
PHLEBOTOMY CAREER AND TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE (CTC) The Phlebotomy program prepares students to work as phlebotomists in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctorsâ€™ offices. Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Phlebotomists must also have a clear understanding of medical terminology in order to label, sort and record specimens delivered to the laboratory. Students in this program will also receive training in emergency procedures including CPR, first aid, HIPAA and blood-borne pathogen training. Upon completion of the program, students earn a career and technical certificate, making them eligible to seek certification from national agencies.
TIME TO COMPLETION: One to one and a half semesters AVERAGE SALARY: $24,970*
BIOMEDICAL EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE (A.S.) The Biomedical Equipment Technician program prepares you for a career in the biomedical electronic equipment field. You will learn skills in areas of manufacturing and maintenance of biomedical equipment, including how to evaluate, test and repair equipment. You will also gain valuable hands-on experience through an internship at a local biomedical company where you will expand on the skills you learned in the classroom as a biomedical equipment technician.
TIME TO COMPLETION: Two years | AVERAGE SALARY: $40,900*
BIOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE (A.S.) The Biotechnology Laboratory Technology program prepares you for a career as a laboratory technician. Students learn to prepare solutions, operate scientific equipment, and perform hands-on lab techniques including DNA characterization. In addition, students have the opportunity to be placed in an internship with a local biotech company where they work alongside an experienced technician.
TIME TO COMPLETION: Two years | AVERAGE SALARY: $34,180*
Clinical Laboratory Science bachelor’s program
Industrial Biotechnology bachelor’s program
CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE (A.S.) Chemical technicians conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists (chemists, biochemists, chemical engineers, etc.) in performing qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes. Responsibilities include maintaining quality control and environmental standards, while conducting practical applications of chemistry and related sciences.
TIME TO COMPLETION: Two years | AVERAGE SALARY: $35,090*
Clinical Laboratory Science bachelorâ€™s program
Industrial Biotechnology bachelorâ€™s program
CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE BACHELOR OF APPLIED SCIENCE (B.A.S.) The Clinical Laboratory Science program prepares you to work as a medical technologist in a clinical setting such as a hospital, medical center or reference laboratory. When you graduate, you are eligible for certification as a medical technologist by the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP). This B.A.S. program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). NAACLS can be contacted by phone at 773-714-8880, by internet at http://www.naacls.org, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail at 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018.
TIME TO COMPLETION ENTERING AS A FRESHMAN: Four years TIME TO COMPLETION ENTERING WITH A.A./A.S.: Two years AVERAGE SALARY: $46,000*
INDUSTRIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY BACHELOR OF APPLIED SCIENCE (B.A.S.) Industrial biotechnology uses living cells, such as bacteria and yeast, or enzymes to make bio-based products in industrial sectors such as chemicals, food, detergents, textiles and bioenergy (biofuels or biogas). The Industrial Biotechnology program prepares you for a career in biomanufacturing, quality control, or research and development. You will get extensive, hands-on training in various aspects of genetic modification and assay development, as well as training in the financial, regulatory and organizational skills needed to work in the industrial biotechnology field.
TIME TO COMPLETION ENTERING AS A FRESHMAN: Four years TIME TO COMPLETION ENTERING WITH A.A./A.S.: Two years AVERAGE SALARY: $40,680*
PERRY CENTER ACTIVITIES STEM Fest Together with the Research in Undergraduate Education initiative, the Perry Center hosts a two-day STEM Fest annually in November. Santa Fe College students and area high schools are invited to display posters showcasing their accomplishments in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). In the evening, the festival features a guest speaker from a STEM discipline.
STEM Summer Camp Each summer, Santa Fe College invites rising ninth graders in Alachua and Bradford Counties to apply for a free, weeklong STEM day camp at the Perry Center. Campers have fun with hands-on activities in rocketry, earth and water sciences, DNA science, energy resources and emerging technologies. The STEM camp is paid for by funds granted under the federal Carl D. Perkins Act.
School Tours The Perry Center provides tours for middle and high schools on request. Additionally, high school biotechnology classes are invited to spend the day working with faculty on specialized techniques.
Sci-Fun Night One day a semester, the faculty and staff invite the local community to learn about the programs at the center through hands on activities and presentations. All ages are welcome and activities will vary according to age groups. There is no charge for this event. 10
CONTACT INFORMATION sfcollege.edu/perry Administration......... 352-381-3750
LOCATION 14180 NW 119th Terrace Alachua, Florida 32615
ADMINISTRATIVE HOURS Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
CLASSROOM AND LABORATORY HOURS Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - close* *Closing time will vary depending on current semester class schedule. See current semester hours posted on the Perry Center website and at the front of the building.
SALARY STATISTICS *All median salary statistics are for the Gainesville area. Chemical Laboratory Specialist (CCC) $35,090 https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/wages/find-salary.aspx?keyword=Chemical%20 Technicians&soccode=194031&location=Gainesville,%20FL Phlebotomy (Phlebotomist) $24,970 https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/wages/find-salary.aspx?keyword=Life,%20Physical,%20and%20 Social%20Science%20Technicians,%20All%20Other&soccode=194099&location=Gainesville,%20FL Biomedical Equipment Technician (Medical Equipment Repairer) $40,900 https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/wages/find-salary.aspx?keyword=Medical%20Equipment%20 Repairers&soccode=499062&location=Gainesville,%20FL Biotechnology Laboratory Technology (Laboratory Technician) $34,180 https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/wages/find-salary.aspx?keyword=Life,%20Physical,%20and%20 Social%20Science%20Technicians,%20All%20Other&soccode=194099&location=Gainesville,%20FL Chemical Technology (Chemical Technician) $35,090 https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/wages/find-salary.aspx?keyword=Chemical%20 Technicians&soccode=194031&location=Gainesville,%20FL Clinical Laboratory Science (Medical Technologist) $46,000 https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Medical_Technologist/Hourly_Rate/71f31117/Gainesville-FL Industrial Biotechnology (Biological Technician) $40,680 https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/wages/find-salary.aspx?keyword=Biological%20 Technicians&soccode=194021&location=Gainesville,%20FL
EA/EO and ACCREDITATION COMMITMENT TO EQUAL ACCESS AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY Santa Fe College (SF) is committed to maintaining a work and educational environment that embraces diversity and where no member of the college community is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination in any college program or activity based on: their race, ethnicity, national origin, color, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy status, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, political opinions or affiliations, or veteran status. This commitment applies to employees, volunteers, students, and, to the extent possible, to third parties, applicants for admission, applicants for employment, and the general public. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies or concerns about discrimination or harassment, including concerns about sexual harassment or sexual violence under Title IX, should be directed to Jasmine Gibbs, Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, 3000 NW 83rd Street, R-Annex, Room 113, Gainesville, Florida 32606, 352-395-5950, email@example.com. SACSCOC ACCREDITATION STATEMENT Santa Fe College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Santa Fe College. CLINICAL ACCREDITING AGENCY National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is located at 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018. NAACLS can be contacted by phone at 773-714-8880, by internet at www.naacls.org, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SF Perry Center for Emerging Technologies
Paid for by funds granted under the federal Carl D. Perkins Act. CCS 3-2019