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TCC’s Wakulla Environmental Institute breaks ground

CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. (April 17, 2013) – Some might say the most important part of TCC’s Wakulla Environmental Institute is already complete. After all, the breath-taking natural space of TCC’s new property in Crawfordville will serve as one of the Institute’s most widely-used classrooms. Nevertheless, it was with great excitement that the College broke ground on Monday, symbolizing the beginning of design and construction on the Institute’s first building.
Donning hardhats and hoisting shovels, TCC President Jim Murdaugh and WEI Director Bob Ballard—with the help of TCC Board of Trustees members and local Wakulla dignitaries—scooped earth and celebrated TCC’s expanded future in Wakulla before a crowd of over 200.
The ground breaking ceremony included remarks by Wakulla Sheriff Charles Creel, State Senator Bill Montford, State Representative Halsey Beshears, Wakulla County Commissioner Jerry Moore, and Lori Hutto, Congressman Southerland’s deputy district director. TCC Board of Trustees Chair Dana G. Callen had the honor of unveiling the new street sign that will designate the road to the Institute—“Preservation Way.”
Before the speeches and festivities, a particularly special guest was welcomed to the Institute—a rehabilitated owl reintroduced to the wild.
“The cooperation that’s made this Institute possible has been truly inspiring,” said President Murdaugh. “We’re proud to have the support of our state and local leaders and we’re dedicated to honoring their trust. We want the design and construction of this facility to respect the principles behind the Wakulla Environmental Institute and we will strive to ensure the process is as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible.”
The Wakulla Environmental Institute’s facility will open to students in the Fall semester of 2014. Yet through a combination of online and classroom learning at TCC’s main campus, as well as field studies in Wakulla, the Institute is already offering an environmental science technology degree and a water quality technician college certificate. In time, the Wakulla Environmental Institute will offer programs in hospitality and tourism management, aquaculture management, parks and leisure services technology, and agribusiness management. For additional information on the Institute’s offerings, visit
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