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Spencerian College will celebrate the opening of its more than $10 million campus in eastern Jefferson County on Friday, April 27.

The college, which is in the midst of merging with Sullivan University, began holding classes in a 40,000-square-foot building at 4000 Dupont Circle in January after moving from the Shively area.

“We totally renovated it from the ground floor up,” said Jan Gordon, Spencerian’s executive director. “We basically took it down to the walls and started all over with it.”

Also, “we purchased a lot of new equipment, especially for radiology, for surgical technology and for nursing,” she said.

The building — which was purchased to house the College of Nursing and the College of Allied Health — provides space to train Spencerian’s nearly 400 students and has room to accommodate about double that, Gordon said.

And there’s even more room for growth.

“When we purchased the facility, we also purchased the lot across the street — the 4001 building — but we are not using it at this time. We only have renovated this building,” she said.

Previously, Spencerian was located on Dixie Highway, but services were spread out, making the location less than ideal.

“Nursing was actually down the street a little bit, so this way nursing is housed within the same building as all of our other programs, which provides really good interdisciplinary training, where respiratory students can work hand-in-hand with nursing students in the laboratory,” for example, Gordon said. That’s “a wonderful asset.”

The move also brings Spencerian closer to Sullivan, “which has a very large library,” and there are numerous medical providers nearby that Spencerian has relationships with.

“It really makes it very convenient for students to be able to learn in this medical environment,” Gordon said.

A ribbon cutting and dedication of the new building, which has four floors and 18 classrooms, will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Darla Carter
Darla Carter is a hometown girl who recently joined the staff of Insider Louisville to mostly cover health. She previously served as a longtime health and fitness writer for The Courier-Journal, where she also worked for the Metro, Neighborhoods and Features departments. Prior to that, the award-winning journalist wrote for newspapers elsewhere in Kentucky and Tennessee, covering a range of topics, from education to courts. She's a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she studied journalism and philosophy, and is the proud mom of two young children.