Seminole State College plans state-of-the-art campus

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ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - Officials at Seminole State are planning for the school's biggest expansion ever, one that could put its Altamonte Springs campus on the map.

The school is planning to use an old car dealership off State Road 434 for the state-of-the-art campus.

However, Eyewitness News has learned the funding for the massive project is still up in the air.

The new campus would be twice the size of the school's other three campuses combined.

"There's a lot of traffic in the small space here at the Altamonte campus, and I think an expansion would do the school well," said Rob Fairchild, student.

The school unveiled the plans just this week. The old car dealership property would be transformed into a sprawling campus, with eight buildings, some as much as 15 stories tall.

The empty car dealership will be converted into 92,000 square feet of classroom and office space, and an added bonus is that there are already hundreds of parking spots.

However, excited students do have one main concern.

"When a school or a business expands, they have to get that money from somewhere," reasoned Fairchild.

"Tuition rates would probably go up a little higher," said student Eliza Sharma.

School officials will not say tuition will be raised, but they do say state funding for these kinds of projects is all dried up.

Their plan is to partner with private businesses, such as local hospitals, to help fund construction.  Those businesses, in turn, could move in and even offer internships.

School officials could not tell us how much it will cost or who those private partners will be.