Saint Leo University, located north of Tampa in Pasco County, has shifted the location of its Tampa Education Center to a historic building that once housed a cigar factory. The university opened its new Tampa Education Center in time for Spring Semester 2021 classes at the site of the former Berriman-Morgan Cigar Factory in West Tampa. The renovated structure is located off Interstate 275. The new location will offer a broadened selection of academic programs and multiple services to students, who are mainly adult learners. The previous Tampa location served 300 students in a mix of graduate and undergraduate programs.
The basement and first floor space of the building are dedicated to the Tampa Education Center’s teaching and student support needs, offering eight classrooms (including one computer lab), a Military Resource Center for students who are members of the military or are veterans, a student lounge, and an employee lounge. The third and fourth floors of the brick building are also being used by Saint Leo University for functions including online student advising, student financial services, enrollment, and executive offices. “We know this new location in Tampa will serve our students well and provide more engagement with the community,” Saint Leo University President Jeffrey D. Senese said. “We want to be a partner to the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County, and we want Saint Leo students to have the opportunities for internships and careers, and build a great workforce for the area.”