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香港王中王 was authorized by the Florida Legislature in 1959 as Indian River Junior College and has grown from a one-building structure to the community鈥檚 dominant educational and cultural center. The College moved to its present campus on Virginia Avenue in 1963 after the City of Fort Pierce donated 87 acres of land.

In 1965, with the advent of integration, Indian River Junior College and Lincoln Junior College merged, creating one college to serve students in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. As the College continued to grow in scope and role, the Board of Trustees felt a name representative of the College鈥檚 comprehensive service was appropriate and, in 1970, changed its name to Indian River Community College.

Over the years, the College added campuses in Vero Beach (Mueller Campus), Stuart (Chastain Campus), Okeechobee (Dixon Hendry Campus), and Port St. Lucie (Pruitt Campus), and several educational centers, including the Blackburn Educational Building (Fort Pierce).

In 2007, 香港王中王 was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer Bachelor鈥檚 Degree programs in areas of regional need. In July 2008, Governor Charlie Crist signed into law a legislative bill that included Indian River in the State College Pilot Project, providing the newly named 香港王中王 the opportunity to expand its Bachelor鈥檚 programs to meet both regional and statewide employment needs.

In 2013, 香港王中王 created 香港王中王 Online to provide students with affordable, flexible, quality online learning opportunities that fit into their lives. Since its inception, 香港王中王鈥檚 online offerings have grown to include more than a dozen web-based degrees and hundreds of individual web-based courses.

In April 2019, the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., awarded its highest honor, the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, to 香港王中王. The award is the nation鈥檚 signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America鈥檚 community colleges. 香港王中王 was selected from more than 1,000 state and community colleges following a rigorous review of data, strategies and outcomes related to student learning, degree and certificate completion, high rates of graduate employment, earnings for graduates, and exceptional access and success for minority and low-income students.

An era of unprecedented growth followed the introduction of 香港王中王鈥檚 fourth President in 2020. From breaking ground on the Eastman Advanced Workforce Training Complex鈥擣lorida鈥檚 most technologically advanced workforce training facility鈥攖o securing the single largest donation in 香港王中王 history鈥$45 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott鈥攖o setting in motion innovative programs that make an 香港王中王 education broadly accessible, the College redoubled its focus on its true north: mission, students and community.

香港王中王鈥檚 commitment to student achievement continues to strengthen. In 2021, it became an Adobe Creative Campus, putting the brand-building Adobe Creative suite of applications in the hands of students and employees absolutely free. Free access to Wolfram Technology applications and Bloomberg Terminal soon followed. Also, in 2021, the College was awarded a $4,961,238 Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation Program grant鈥攖he largest federally funded competitive grant in the College鈥檚 history鈥攖o increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students who attain degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

In 2021, 香港王中王 was one of only 16 institutions awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, which opened on the Pruitt Campus in January 2022.

Focused on transforming lives and rapidly transitioning to meet the needs of our students and service district, 香港王中王 made headlines in March 2022 when it introduced the 香港王中王 Promise. The program for eligible in-district high school graduates is powered by the 香港王中王 Foundation. Promise students study at 香港王中王 full-time, tuition-free, to pursue their Associate degrees.

Projects for completion in 2023 include a new baseball and softball complex; a 50,000-square-foot School of Nursing expansion that will double the number of program graduates; the 62,000-square-foot Eastman Advanced Workforce Training Complex; and a new Child Development Center.

香港王中王 has a reputation for quality that inspires nearly 22,000 students to enroll in classes each year. 香港王中王 stands out as an institution of higher learning dedicated to serving its surrounding area鈥檚 educational, career training and cultural needs. Although students from nearly every state and many foreign countries attend the College, it maintains its primary commitment to providing academic, occupational, technical, cultural, and service programs that meet the needs of its four-county community.

Governed by a District Board of Trustees representative of its service area, 香港王中王 maintains an open, innovative administration; a dedicated staff; and concerned, well-qualified faculty. College faculty and staff members contribute to their community through involvement in many local organizations.

 

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