The Baptist College of Florida expands campus

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GRACEVILLE. Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Baptist College of Florida is taking steps to expand student's educational opportunities by adding to the size of its campus.

"To say that we're excited would be a grand understatement," said Dr. Thomas Kinchen, President of The Baptist College of Florida. Dr. Kinchen says this is the largest expansion in the school's history. The school is going from about 250 acres to 340 acres. Its also expanding by approximately 200,000 square feet of floor space in buildings.

The Florida Baptist Convention is donating the Blue Springs Baptist Conference Center in Marianna to the school. It will expand the college's land by 36 percent.

The new space will be used for adult and children camps as well as for educational purposes for students at the college. The disaster relief program is one of many that will utilize the new space.

"At this Blue Springs campus we will be able to give actual hands on training from working with storm damaged buildings to flooded buildings," said Dr. Kinchen.

The expansion is also expected to create new jobs in Jackson County. The school has plans to bring in new hires as they see the need.

Dr. Kinchen says the decision will better prepare students for life after graduation. The new campus is expected to open by 2017.