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Sep 25, 2014

SF College having success with classes in Hawthorne

Heather Surrency and her grandmother were able to take an art class together recently without having to travel from their hometown of Hawthorne to a college campus in Gainesville. For that bonding and educational opportunity, they can thank Santa Fe College's new Community Education program, which since January has offered high-level evening courses at Hawthorne Middle/High School.

Surrency, a local Realtor, was one of the community members who encouraged Santa Fe College to extend the recreation and leisure Community Education courses to Hawthorne. The mother of a 9-year-old and 1-year-old, she said she wanted better — and closer — educational opportunities in her town.

Surrency said the idea started as discussions took off about the massive Plum Creek residential and commercial development envisioned for eastern Alachua County. Community leaders hoped to find ways to educate and train citizens for potential jobs that the development could bring., The Gainesville Sun, September 25, 2014. (Read entire article)

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