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St. Johns River Community College president Joe Pickens says on-campus housing is school's next major goal

 
The St. Augustine Record
 
When St. Johns River Community College President Joe Pickens said he wanted to move the college forward, the addition of baccalaureate degrees and transfer agreements were merely the beginning of his five-year plan.

With his vision for the college including an environment that promotes and sustains student success, Pickens said exploring the prospects of student housing is the next logical step.

While the college has long been a place of exceptional learning for students moving into its district, Pickens said it is a challenge for those students to find adequate housing. When researching other colleges, one of the biggest factors for student success rates is campus environment. Colleges that offer students the best academic advantages often have higher completion rates.

"Those academic advantages include a safe, controlled learning environment that extends beyond the student's classroom time," Pickens said. And with approximately 200 students enrolled in the athletic and Florida School of the Arts programs, Pickens said the demand for student housing is there.
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