EWC Breaks Ground on $2.6 Million Criminal Justice Education Facility and Police Substation

Published April 29, 2013

JACSKONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters College commemorated the groundbreaking of its $2.6 million Criminal Justice Education Facility and Police Substation alongside city and community leaders Monday at a formal ceremony.

The two-story, 10,500-square-foot facility is being constructed at 1767 Kings Road, just west of EWC's student union building and newly-renovated Salter Hall dorms. It will house Jacksonville Sheriff's Office officers on the second floor, and two classrooms and a forensic lab for EWC students on the first floor. Upon its completion, the facility will be the largest building expansion on the historically black college's campus since 2005.

Beyond the additional classroom space for students and increased police presence in the Zone 5 community, the facility will provide a unique opportunity for criminal justice students to routinely interact and network with law enforcement professionals without ever having to leave the heart of campus. Glover, a former two-term Sheriff of Jacksonville, will also be teaching classes in the facility to supplement the uniqueness of the college's criminal justice program.

“I compare this opportunity to that of medical students in hospitals,” said EWC President Nathaniel Glover. “This facility will similarly bridge the gap between the real world and the classroom.”

Funds for the facility were raised through a collaborative public/private partnership between EWC, the community and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. JSO provided $900,000 for the project and the remaining $1.7 million, of which $985,000 was provided by private donors in the community, was allocated by EWC.

“We’re seeing a shining example of public private partnership,” said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown at the groundbreaking. “We’re turning this area of need into a best practice.”

Construction began in March and is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.