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Florida’s oldest historically black college unveils latest campus renovation

Edward Waters College will soon be unveiling a new academic space. This is not the only change for the college.
Edward Waters College will soon be unveiling a new academic space. This is not the only change for the college.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters College unveiled a new academic space on its campus Wednesday, the latest of several recent improvements at the school. It’s an overhaul of its science, health care and medical lab.

“The renovation of the biology lab is a tremendous step in enhancing the student’s hands-on laboratory experience in biology courses and scientific research at Edward Waters College,” Prabir K. Mandal, chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Sciences and a professor of biology, said in a statement about the renovations. “No student will be left behind in the laboratory research or intramural internship experience. This new and ambient laboratory environment is conducive for in-house research and allows the mentor and mentee to work together quite well.”

Earlier this year, the college’s football team, The EWC Tigers, debuted its new stadium. It’s a $4.3 million facility that includes new turf, lights, seats and a video board.

The school also recently renovated its largest student residence building with new a computer lab, lounge, and several study areas

Last year, Gov. Ron DeSantis allocated $3.5 million to the college. School leaders called it a ‘transformative investment’ in the state’s oldest historically black college.

EWC was founded in 1866, more than 150 years ago. Ever since it has been educating and inspiring students in Northwest Jacksonville, but the college is working to make a new future.

College leadership is in the process of launching its first graduate program to become a university.

Edward Waters College leadership cuts ribbon Wednesday on its renovated science lab. (WJXT)

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