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Miles College raises $19 million for expansion

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Historically black Miles College has raised $19 million for an expansion that would double the size of its Fairfield campus.

Most of the expansion would be on 41 acres just north of the existing 35-acre campus, said Miles spokesman Ricky Lee.

The college, affiliated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, plans to add new student housing, a performing-arts center, a health center with an Olympic-sized pool and gymnasium, and a new School of International Studies that would teach Homeland Security courses and Arabic and Farsi.

Miles President George T. French Jr. said Friday that contributions from business and alumni have exceeded expectations, and the school likely will meet its $30 million fundraising goal much sooner than initially anticipated.

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