Seminole State College of Florida partnering with Central Florida Zoo on new courses, internships

SANFORD, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2015) - "Class is in session" will have a whole new meaning when students at Seminole State College of Florida find themselves working, observing and interacting with the zoo animal care team to learn how to care for wild animals. 

One of Seminole County’s most recognized attractions, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, andSeminole State’s Grindle Honors Institute have formed a partnership that will allow students the opportunity for out-of-the box learning experiences with wild animals. 

Starting in January, students will be able to take classes in Introduction to Zoos and Wildlife Management (PAZ1003H), Comparative Psychology-Animal Behavior (CBH1021H), and Honors Speech (SPC1608H) with a zoo focus. All three courses will include instruction at the zoo.

The zoo also is offering internship opportunities for up to 20 Seminole State students in the Spring Term, taught by zoo staff. Students who complete the internships will receive three college credits. Students may be able to work in four areas: avian, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students who are interested in careers as veterinarians, zookeepers or in wildlife biology,” says Barbara Greenwell, director of the Honors Institute and instructor for two of the courses. “Data suggests that wildlife-related jobs are on the rise nationally. We’re excited about partnering with the zoo.”

The courses are available for all students enrolled at Seminole State. Registration for Spring Term is underway. Students who are interested in the internships should contact the Honors Institute.

The Central Florida Zoo opened in 1975 with just 38 animals. Today, there are over 500 animals representing nearly 200 species, from tiny insects to the tallest land mammal, the giraffe.

“One of the most exciting areas of growth involves our commitment to transform our well-established local education focus into a broader, more universal concentration,” says Philip Flynn III, president and chief executive officer for the zoo. “We are transitioning into a teaching zoo so we may continue to be an essential science education resource that provides leadership in creating and delivering lifelong learning experiences for children and adults.”

Seminole State’s Grindle Honors Institute offers programs for students who want to enrich their academic experience. For more information,

About Seminole State College of Florida: Seminole State College of Florida is celebrating 50 years of changing lives. Since it was founded in 1965, Seminole State has awarded more than 90,000 credentials, from bachelor’s degrees to high school diplomas. With more than 30,000 students at six locations, Seminole State offers 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit, like us on Facebook at  and follow us on Twitter:@seminolestate.

About the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens: The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a 132 acre, private 501 (c) 3 conservation resource since 1975. With 500 animals and more than 200 species, the Zoo provides the community with experiences that excite and inspire children and adults to learn and act on behalf of wildlife. The Zoo also operates the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation in Eustis. For more information or call 407.323.4450. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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