Marc Halvorson, Director of FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, recognized the best and the brightest of the class with awards. Lance Monaco was honored for academic excellence. John Lopez was named “Top Gun” award for his superior shooting skills and Class Lieutenant Billy Pearce earned an award for physical fitness.
Florida Keys Community College will offer a two-week intensive Scientific Diver course from June 23 to July 6, 2014 at its Key West Campus. The course will enable students in marine-related fields—but from colleges or organizations without established research diving programs—to earn an American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Scientific Diver certification.
Course topics include: the role of the research diver, data collection methods and experimental design; advanced diving physiology and emergency management; nautical archaeology theory and methods; coral reef ecology and monitoring; and preparing scientific reports. Half of each day will be spent in the field diving in the College’s on-site underwater training lagoon, on historical shipwrecks and nearby reefs within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (including a dive with the Coral Restoration Foundation). Course prerequisites include Open Water scuba certification.
“These lectures acknowledge and support the notion that not all learning occurs in the classroom and not all learners are enrolled as students,” said College President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra. “The lectures should be seen more as forums for the community to explore ideas, to engage with experts and to contribute to intellectual and practical discourse on a variety of topics.”
In her elocution, FKCC Nursing Director Dr. Ruth Gallagher encouraged the graduates of the rigorous 22-month Associate in Science degree program to “speak with honesty, think with sincerity and act with integrity.”
Statement from FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra: Veterans' Day Salute to Service Members, College Foundation Board Chair
"As we enjoy the holiday with family and friends, I encourage all to take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices that our service members bear to benefit all Americans and for the principles of democracy. Many of our heroes continue to serve in a variety of ways that benefit our communities. I salute all of our veterans as well as current servicemen and women wherever they are at this moment. My sincerest thanks to them and their families for all that they have done and continue to do to protect our freedom.
The College has benefitted from the services of many veterans over the years. They all deserve special recognition. Today, however, I salute Frank Toppino—veteran, President of Charley Toppino and Sons and FKCC Foundation Chairman among many other titles. But before Frank became an integral member of the College family and Keys’ community, he served in the United States Army Air Corp for four years during World War II. Although he wanted to be a pilot, Frank fondly recalls his time as a Technical Sergeant stationed in Kunming, China... Click here to read the full article.
Sergeant Frank Toppino, FKCC salutes you on this Veterans’ Day 2013. Thank you for your continuing service to our country, state and community.”
FKCC Students Carve Pumpkins Underwater
October 29, 2013— Students at Florida Keys Community College put a unique twist on the Halloween tradition of carving pumpkins by taking the activity 40 feet underwater in the College’s dive training lagoon on the Key West Campus.
Members of the Scuba Club hosted the event, which included a haunted night dive in the lagoon that was transformed into a watery graveyard with glow-in-the-dark decor. Approximately 25 students carved pumpkins donated by the Marc House while many more enjoyed additional festivities on dry land. Floyd Wilvers, who is studying Marine Environmental Technology, won the contest with his toothy jack-o-lantern.
Scholarships Available for the Spring; Apply online by November 3.
October 1, 2013— Florida Keys Community College encourages prospective and current students to apply for scholarships for the spring term, which begins January 10. Criteria for scholarships range widely to accommodate and assist a variety of students. Scholarship descriptions and criteria can be viewed at www.fkcc.edu. Applications are to be submitted online by November 3. There is no limit to the number of scholarships for which a student may apply or be awarded.
FKCC is currently accepting applications for the following scholarships:
- Basic Law Enforcement Academy Scholarship
- First Generation in College Scholarship
- Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Hospitality and Tourism Management Scholarship
- Lodging Association of the Florida Keys Hospitality and Tourism Management Scholarship
- Merit-based Scholarship
- Need-based Scholarship
- Nursing Scholarship
- Student Ambassador Scholarship
For more information and guidance, contact the FKCC Foundation at email@example.com or 305-809-3281.
FKCC Boards Elect New Officers
Sept. 25, 2013—The members of Florida Keys Community College’s District Board of Trustees unanimously elected Robert Stoky to the position of Chair and Tim Koenig as Vice Chair at their annual organizational meeting on Monday at the Key West Campus. The terms will last one year... Click here to read the full story
FKCC Salutes Scholarship Recipients, Donors
Sept. 23, 2013—Florida Keys Community College’s Foundation hosted a scholarship social Thursday evening in Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus. The event brought together dozens of scholarship recipients with the generous individuals who support and fund the awards. The FKCC Foundation, which cultivates funds through private donors, community organizations and public agencies, distributed nearly $100,000 in scholarships last year alone... Click here to read the full story.
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from the scholarship social. For more information about supporting FKCC students or programs, contact FKCC Foundation Executive Director Gavin McKeirnan Townsend at 305-809-3281 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate Constitution Day at FKCC
Sept. 9-- FKCC invites the community to celebrate Constitution Day with students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, Septe
mber 17 from 11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. in the library on the Key West Campus. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, lay
ing the foundation of our government.
Coordinated by FKCC Business Law instructor and attorney Stephen Muffler, Constitution Day activities aim to educate participants on their rights under the Constitutional Amendments and encourage habits of being a good citizen. The program will feature an overview of the history of the Constitution by FKCC History professor Sharon Farrell followed by a presentation by keynote speaker State Representative Holly Raschein... click here to read more.
Governor Reappoints O’Bannon, Appoints Koenig to FKCC Board of Trustees
September 4, 2013—Florida Governor Rick Scott reappointed Anne O’Bannon and appointed Tim Koenig to the District Board of Trustees of Florida Keys Community College. Koenig will replace the seat previously held by Key West psychologist Dr. Antoinette McPherson-Charles, whose term expired in May. Pending confirmation from the Florida Senate, both Koenig and O’Bannon will serve four-year terms ending May 31, 2017. Click here to read the full story.
FKCC partners with San Carlos Institute
FKCC and the San Carlos Institute are officially partners. Beginning this fall, the College will offer credit and non credit classes as well as other educational and cultural programs at the historic Duval Street Cuban cultural center.
This partnership expands access to education and convenience for community members who live and/or work in downtown Key West. For the San Carlos, it's a return to its origins as one of America's first bilingual and integrated schools and affirmation of its historic mission of "Freedom Through Education."
The San Carlos Institute will also host FKCC's fall commencement ceremony on December 13. This new tradition for the College will provide another opportunity for graduates to participate in formal graduation exercises.
Enroll now for fall courses beginning August 19. Credit courses scheduled in the San Carlos are Intro to Business (CRN 10578), US History (CRN 10576), and College Algebra (CRN 10577).
Click here to view photos from the ceremony marking the agreement signing: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjGKnXGB
First State Bank of the Florida Keys partners with FKCC
Florida Keys Community College has partnered with First State Bank of the Florida Keys (FSB) to offer free student and employee checking accounts and a custom FKCC-FSB debit card. The Bank also installed an ATM on the Key West Campus near the Campus Cafe for easy access to funds.
FKCC students can sign up for their student account at any of the 11 FSB locations throughout the Keys.
Pictured to the right: FKCC welcomes College Road neighbors and visitors to use the new First State Bank ATM.
Register NOW for Academic Year 2013-14
Classes begin Aug. 19. Scholarship applications due July 7.
Don't wait! Secure your seat in the classes you need or want for the entire academic year: fall 2013, spring 2014, and summer 2014 terms. View the printable course schedule here
or search for courses in the real-time schedule here
Returning students can register online by logging into myfkcc.edu
. Don't forget that Acadmic Advisors are available to help you develop an academic plan and achieve your goals at FKCC and beyond. Schedule an appointment by calling 305-809-3196.
Financial aid, scholarships, and payment plans are available. Click here to view scholarships
; most applications are due July 7.
FKCC Placed on "Warning"
Florida Keys Community College received notice from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) that the College has been placed on “warning.” The sanction came after review of a monitoring report which the College submitted along with its financial and operational audits to SACSCOC earlier this spring. While SACSCOC reaffirmed FKCC’s accreditation in June 2012 through June 2022, the Commission required follow up reports from the College in regards to financial resources, specifically citing Comprehensive Standard 3.10 of the “Principles of Accreditation.” A formal letter from SACSCOC is expected to arrive in early July. Click here to read the full article.
FKCC grad selected as "Chancellor's Student of the Month"
Yadiris Wood, who graduated last month with an Associate in Arts from Florida Keys Community College, was selected as a “Chancellor’s Student of the Month” by the Florida College System’s Chancellor Randy Hanna. The award recognizes outstanding students who demonstrate leadership skills, academic success, and/or commitment to community service through their involvement in the Florida College System.
FKCC criminal justice instructor Amy Ray nominated Wood for the award citing her commitment to academic excellence and pursuit of a well-rounded educational experience.
“Not only does she set the curve in each class she has taken with me but she never ceases to amaze me with her level of thoughtfulness, factually supported positions, thorough research, and genuine care and consideration with her work,” said Ray.
American Legion Gives to Nursing Scholarships
At their annual Memorial Day event, the Key West chapter of the American Legion, Arthur Sawyer Post 28, donated $2,500 to the FKCC Foundation toward scholarships for Florida Keys Community College nursing students.
All scholarship opportunities are posted on the college’s website, www.fkcc.edu
. The FKCC Foundation will accept applications through July 7. For more information about scholarships or ways to support the college, contact FKCC Foundation Director Gavin McKeirnan Townsend at 305-809-3281 or email@example.com
Memorial Day Salute from FKCC President to Service Members, President Emeritus
May 24, 2013— “All across the country, we will all celebrate Memorial Day in many different ways. For many it is the unofficial start of summer that ushers in the season of backyard barbecues, boating and bedazzling fireworks. Memorial Day is also a day to celebrate and honor the memories of those who died for our country and for all of us. It is a time for heroes many of whom are still alive. Some are doing quite well and others are simply holding their own. Many of our heroes came home and continue to serve in a variety of ways that benefit our communities. I salute all of our current servicemen and women wherever they are at this moment and to thank them and their families for all that they have done and continue to do to protect our freedom. I also take a moment before we embark on our respective traditions to salute all of our veterans and their families.
There are many veterans who have been associated with FKCC and they all deserve special recognition. Today, however, I am saluting FKCC President Emeritus Dr. William A. Seeker who served in the United States Army as a Paratrooper reaching the rank of Captain. After his five years of active duty and his five years of reserve, Dr. Seeker began a career in higher education and came to FKCC as the third president in 1979. His accomplishments as president include garnering funds for the construction of a new $40 million campus in Key West 1997, which is now duly named the 'William A. Seeker Campus.'” Click here to read the full article.
FKCC Announces New Hospitality and Tourism Management Initiative
May 21, 2013—With the toast of sparkling grape juice-filled flutes, Florida Keys Community College President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra formally announced the launch of the College’s highly-anticipated Hospitality and Tourism Management Initiative to a crowd of faculty, staff, and hospitality industry members yesterday at the Key West Campus.
Beginning this upcoming fall semester, the College will offer three hospitality courses—Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management, Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism, and Food and Beverage Management—as well as an internship program designed specifically to train students to enter or advance within the Keys’ largest industry... click here to read the full story.
FKCC Holds 47th Commencement Ceremony
On May 3, 80 graduating Florida Keys Community College students walked across the Tennessee Williams Theatre stage in front of family and friends to receive their diplomas—a milestone moment culminating years of hard work, challenges, and achievements. Associate degrees, certificates and special awards were presented at the College’s 47th Commencement Ceremony. This graduation ceremony was also the first presided over by FKCC's sixth president Dr. Jonathan Gueverra.
In his address to the Class of 2013, Student Government Association President Chris Minnerly reflected on his experience at FKCC and charged his classmates to make the best of their futures.
“Being here at Florida Keys Community College has opened my eyes to see things in a new light, with a more open-minded perspective. It’s a place where the faculty love what they do and dedicate their days to staying late to help students, a place where everyone knows each other by first name.” said Minnerly, who is heading to Florida Atlantic University in the Fall.
“We are the generation of change,” encouraged Minnerly, “we can alter the tides by creating a ripple.”
FKCC Pins, Graduates 13 New Nurses
May 3, 2013—Florida Keys Community College marked the graduation of 13 soon-to-be nurses with a traditional nurses’ pinning ceremony today. Each graduate was presented her pin by select family members, friends, faculty, or mentors—marking the completion of nursing school and the beginning of a new career. Originating with nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War, the presentation of the nurses’ pin and the lighting of the nurses’ lamp symbolically initiates new nurses to the profession.
Many of these graduates will immediately enter the workforce—staffing hospitals, doctor’s offices, and health clinics throughout the Keys and elsewhere.
FKCC’s next nursing cohort begins in August. Applications will be accepted until May 24. Click here to read more
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FKCC Honors Exemplary Employees
April 24, 2013— FKCC recognized six exemplary employees today at its annual Employee Appreciation Awards luncheon on the Key West Campus: English instructor Lois Markham, Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs Diana Lorenz, Director of the Institute for Public Safety Marc Halvorson, Director of Purchasing and Plant Operations Doug Pryor, Diving and Emergency Medical Services adjunct instructor Barry Lawson. and Director of the President’s Office Debbie Leonard. Click here to read more.
FKCC Students Raise Funds for Boston Bombing Victims
The members of two Florida Keys Community College student clubs, Sigma Alpha Pi and the Student Government Association, have quickly collaborated efforts to collect donations for “The One Fund Boston.” The fund will provide assistance to those most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. If you would like to support their efforts, please contact any SAP or SGA member or their club advisors. They will be accepting donations through May 17. Click for more info.
Student Art Show Displays Creativity and Talent
April 19, 2013— Florida Keys Community College will showcase the talent and creativity of their students at its annual Student Art Show in the Library Gallery on the Key West Campus. The show opens with a reception on Monday, April 29, from 5:30p.m. to 7:00p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Seventy pieces of artwork created by students over the past academic year will be featured, including ceramic pottery, paintings, photography, and sculptures (click here to view more
). Most pieces will be for sale with proceeds going to the student artists as well as the Library Gallery Fund. Several awards will be given for each category, including the first ever “Jay Gogin Excellence in Visual Arts Award,” named after FKCC’s Artist in Residence and ceramics instructor of 23 years.
The exhibition will remain on display until June 7 and is sponsored by the FKCC Foundation. For more information, contact the FKCC Library at 305-809-3194 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FKCC Student Makes All-Florida Academic Team
April 10, 2013—Florida Keys Community College student Cameron Henry was named to the 2013 All-Florida Academic Team, comprised of the best and brightest students in the Florida College System’s 28 institutions. FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra escorted Henry to Daytona State College on Tuesday where an awards banquet was held to honor and distribute medallions to all 125 students on the team.
Each year, the Florida College System recognizes exemplary students on the All-Florida Academic Team for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the community. Team members are nominated by the local colleges’ chapters of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an international honor society among two-year colleges. Click here to read more.
FKCC Students Plant 100 Staghorn Corals
[From Coral Restoration Foundation] On March 9, student divers from the Florida Keys Community College journeyed out to Pickles Reef for a full afternoon of coral outplanting. Earlier that day Coral Restoration Foundation President Ken Nedimeyer and staff stopped by the Tavernier nursery to collect fragments of Acropora cervicornis (or staghorn coral) for outplanting.
Aboard the Keys Diver II, 11 students from the Applications in Marine Science class taught by Dr. Alex Brylske received a detailed briefing on what they were about to do by CRF interns Lois Hatcher and Kayla Ripple. Click here to read full article.
FKCC Students Advocate in D.C.
March 19, 2013—Students from Florida Keys Community College were in Washington, D.C. this week to advocate for the nation’s 13 million community college students, especially those in Monroe County.
Student Government Association president Chris Minnerly and vice president Shane Chavez spent weeks researching in preparation for the National Student Advocacy Conference, sponsored by the American Student Association of Community Colleges, March 16- 19.
The conference was designed to foster strong leadership and citizenship qualities. Activities included workshops, keynote speakers, and forums that focused on the major issues that are critical to community colleges—including preservation of the Pell Grant, funding for educational and training programs, and student loan availability and debt relief. Click here to read more.
FKCC President Soars with Blue Angels
March 22, 2013—Florida Keys Community College President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra had the honor of flying as a VIP passenger with the U.S. Navy's famed Blue Angels on March 20, prior to the weekend’s Southernmost Air Spectacular at Naval Air Station Key West.
Lt. Ryan Chamberlain, pilot of the "7" jet, took Gueverra for the ride of his life in the $26-million F/A-18 hornet. The hour-long flight over the Florida Keys and surrounding waters included several inversions, rolls, and other stunts. At one point, the jet pulled 7.3 units of gravitational force, earning Gueverra the new nickname of “Dr. 7.3 Gs.”
FKCC Showcases Own with Art Faculty Exhibit in Library
FKCC’s Library Gallery welcomes the community to view the Art Faculty Exhibit on display through April 5. The collection showcases the abundant talent of the College’s art instructors—spanning a diverse spectrum of disciplines including photography, painting, welding, glass-blowing, mixed-media, and ceramics.
According to Jay Gogin, FKCC’s ceramics instructor and artist-in-residence, the show will be “extremely strong” and provides the opportunity for the community, including prospective students, to see the artistic abilities of the faculty that lead the College’s art courses.
The FKCC Library and the FKCC Foundation will host an opening reception on Thursday, March 7 and a closing reception on Thursday, April 4, both from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. The events are free and open to the public. Most works will be available for purchase with proceeds in part benefitting the FKCC Library Gallery. Click here to read the full story.
All Invited to FKCC's Presidential Inauguration, Community Day
February 18, 2013—Florida Keys Community College invites the community to commemorate the inauguration of its sixth president Dr. Jonathan Gueverra, February 21-23. Events range from a cocktail reception to the formal installation ceremony and ball, followed by FKCC’s first ever “Community Day” festival.
Themed “Building Bridges,” the activities surrounding the momentous occasion provide the College with the opportunity to salute the future and thank the community it has served for nearly 50 years. While all events are free with the exception of the sold-out Inaugural Ball, the Inauguration will ultimately raise funds for student scholarships and academic programs via the FKCC Foundation.
“I was initially reluctant to have an inauguration,” said Gueverra. “However, these events are not really about me; they are about reinvigorating the College’s position within the community. We have much to look forward to in the years to come.
Like the iconic bridges that literally connect these unique islands, FKCC will embark on new endeavors that build ‘bridges’ of opportunity, success, economic empowerment and sustainability within and out of Monroe County. The inauguration renews our primary commitment to serving the residents, businesses and stakeholders of this community.”
Lower Keys Women's Club Supports FKCC Nurses
The Lower Keys Women’s Club (LKWC) presented a donation of $4,200 to the FKCC Foundation, the fund-raising arm of Florida Keys Community College, at their “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party”-themed fashion show luncheon on Friday. The funds raised at the annual event allow the club to regularly contribute to the FKCC Foundation’s “Lower Keys Women’s Club Nursing Scholarship” fund, which was established in 1967.
“It has been the great honor of the Lower Keys Women’s Club to be a committed contributor to the FKCC Nursing Scholarship Fund,” said LKWC President Abby Oglesbee. “It is our mission to help our community and what better way than to help our youth get an education.” Click here to read the full story.
Congressman Joe Garcia Visits FKCC
February 5, 2013—Students, faculty, and staff of Florida Keys Community College gathered on the Key West Campus on Friday to welcome United States Congressman Joe Garcia on his first visit to the southernmost college in his district.
Garcia, who was in Key West to open his new office at the Gato Building, held a casual meeting with the college community. He answered questions about the future of higher education, federal financial aid, immigration reform, and the state of the economy. A community college graduate himself, Garcia shared his personal experiences and offered advice to students about exploring academic and career opportunities while in college. Click here to read full article
. Click here to view photos.