$50M Florida dental school to break ground this fall

Lake Worth, Fla.-based Palm Beach State College plans to break ground on its new dental school at its Loxahatchee Groves campus this fall, The Palm Beach Post reported July 8.

The cost of the dental school is expected to be more than $50 million. The college received an initial appropriation of $5 million from Florida lawmakers in 2017. On June 2, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a state budget that includes $25 million for the dental school. Palm Beach State College has secured private funds for the remaining cost, The Palm Beach Post reported.

Palm Beach State College currently offers programs for dental assistants and hygienists at its Lake Worth Beach campus. These programs will be relocated to Loxahatchee Groves campus once the dental school is open, The Palm Beach Post reported. The new school will be 84,000 square feet and include labs, classrooms and administrative offices.

Construction for the school is expected to take up to three years, Ava Parker, president of Palm Beach State College, told The Palm Beach Post.

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