At the June 1 meeting, the City Commission approved a Letter of Understanding with Broward College to bring a satellite campus to Downtown Coral Springs. The new campus will offer daytime degree classes and expand the existing non-degree programs currently offered in the evening at the Charter School.
The satellite campus will be located in the Village Square shopping center at the northwest corner of University Drive and Sample Road, where the College will lease approximately 19,000 square feet. The College will offer general courses with a concentration in business toward two- and four-year degree programs.
The Letter of Understanding was unanimously approved by the Broward College Board of Trustees on May 25, 2010 as well as the Community Redevelopment Agency’s board of directors on April 26, 2010. The Letter outlines the terms of the CRA’s and the City’s contributions to defray the cost of interior improvements to the new campus. The CRA will provide up to $400,000 toward interior improvements, and the City will provide up to $200,000 in the form of an interest-free loan that will be forgiven if Broward College renews its lease beyond the initial five-year period.
Bringing Broward College to Coral Springs and providing residents with the opportunity to get a college degree in their own City is the result of a successful collaboration among the City, CRA, Economic Development Foundation, Amera Corporation and Broward College.
“It is the vision of Broward College to create an entrepreneur institute here in Coral Springs. In their words, 'Coral Springs is the perfect address because it is the only municipal government that has received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for corporate excellence and it also happens to have a University Drive address'—it all works quite nicely,” City Manager Michael Levinson said.
“A City with a strong higher education presence has more stability in its economic and social environment. The citizens of Coral Springs benefit by these organizations working together to improve the fabric of our society,” CRA Chairman John Ruffin Jr. added.