Palm Beach State College dental school plans finalize. How much it costs

LOXHATCHEE GROVES — With $30 million in state funding now secured, Palm Beach State College expects to break ground in the fall to build a new dental and medical services technology building at its Loxahatchee Groves campus.

“It has been a long time coming, but we are finally ready to build this much-needed facility,” said Palm Beach State College President Ava Parker, noting that the college has been waiting for state funding since 2017, when it received the initial appropriation of $5 million.

The college already offers programs for dental assistants and hygienists at its Lake Worth Beach campus as well as a degree in surgical services. It expects to offer a program for physical therapist assistants once the new facility opens in Loxahatchee Groves.

Plans call for the relocation of the existing program from Lake Worth Beach to Loxahatchee Groves.

Palm Beach State College President Ava Parker and student trustee David Hernandez smile during the grand opening of PBSC's $30 million campus in Loxahatchee Groves in 2017.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 2 signed into law a state budget that included $25 million for the dental school. The total cost is expected to be more than $50 million. The college has secured private funds to supplement the state funding.

With construction prices continuing to rise, Parker said the college wants to move forward as quickly as possible. She expects construction to take up to three years.

“We have done as much as we could do with the funds already appropriated,” Parker said. “We hired a construction manager in anticipation of getting the remainder of the state funds.”

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