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FKCC's Keys Chorale presents "Holiday Harmonies"
free outdoor concert on Dec. 5
FKCC invites the community to ring in the holiday season with a free outdoor concert by the Keys Chorale on Friday, December 5 at 7 p.m. on the Key West Campus. Entitled “Holiday Harmonies,” the concert will showcase the talented voices of and festive performances by the students of the College's “Mixed Community Chorus” class.
Under the direction of Professor James Cutty, the concert will include a range of classic carols and jolly holiday tunes. All are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks. Seasonal treats will also be for sale with proceeds to benefit FKCC's Residence Hall Association.
“The joy of making music has brought new energy to the group. Our numbers continue to grow and we are currently boasting 60 members,” said Cutty. “The scope of the musical selections range from choruses of the Messiah to present day arrangements like ‘Deck the Rooftop’ from ‘Glee’ and ‘Counting Down to Christmas’ from the musical, ‘A Christmas Story.’” Read more.
FKCC Graduates Future Law Enforcement Officers in Upper Keys
Florida Keys Community College held a graduation ceremony on November 13 for its fifty-third Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) academy in the Performing Arts Center at Coral Shores High School. Six students successfully completed the 770-hour training program based in the College’s Upper Keys Center in Tavernier. Upon passing the state certification exam, each will become Florida Law Enforcement Officers.
Dr. Patrick Rice, Interim Director of FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, recognized the best and the brightest of the class with special awards. Class Captain Noel Mirabal earned two accolades: one for academic excellence and the other for “Top Gun” shooting skills. The coveted “PIG” award was presented to Class Lieutenant Raul Rodriguez for demonstrating pride, integrity, and guts. Rick De La Cruz received the “Most Athletic” award.
FKCC’s BLE program satisfies the training requirements of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. FKCC is currently accepting applications for a Basic Law Enforcement academy that begins in January at its Middle Keys Center in Marathon. Scholarships are available.
FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra Salutes Veterans and Local WWII Pilot, Philanthropist
“... 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 for all Americans and for the principles of democracy. 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, and express my sincerest thanks to them and their families for their dedication and commitment and for their continued service to protect our freedom.
The College has benefitted from the services of many veterans over the years. Each one deserves special recognition. Today, however, I salute Mr. Edward Knight—the 97-year-young World War II veteran, founding partner of Prudential Knight & Gardner Realty, and benefactor of the ‘Edward B. Knight Rotary Club of Key West FKCC Vocational Scholarship.’
Before Mr. Knight became a prominent businessman, passionate philanthropist, and beloved local legend, he was a Naval Aviator. At the age of 13, Mr. Knight was inspired by Charles Lindberg’s trans-oceanic flight, and although poor and financially on his own, he was determined to learn how to fly. Fortunately, he was one of just five to earn a scholarship to the Civilian Pilot Training Program in Jacksonville, Florida. As the nation prepared for the possibility of a second world war, Mr. Knight earned his wings at the age of 16—undeterred by the fact that he was a year shy of the qualifying age of 17..." Read more.
FKCC Student Create Jack-o-lanterns Underwater
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 on Tuesday. The members of the FKCC Scuba Club hosted the annual event, which also included a spooky night dive in the lagoon.
Approximately 25 students carved pumpkins while many more enjoyed additional festivities on dry land. Graham Shivers, who is studying Diving Business and Technology, won the contest with his scuba diver-inspired jack-o-lantern. View photos.
FKCC Shark Repellent Research Highlighted to Congress
Ongoing research at Florida Keys Community College was highlighted in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report on fisheries bycatch reduction presented to Congress in Washington, D. C. on October 9. The NOAA-funded study, entitled “The performance of long lasting shark repellent bait for elasmobranch bycatch reduction during commercial pelagic longline fishing,” was conducted by Dr. Patrick Rice, FKCC’s dean of career, technical and workforce education. In layman’s terms, the study gauged the effects of shark-repelling bait on the number of sharks accidentally caught by fishermen who are targeting species that live in the oceanic pelagic zone such as tuna and swordfish.
“The research demonstrated as much as a 35 percent reduction in shark bycatch during commercial pelagic longline fishing,” reported Rice, who has developed several variations of shark repellents in the interest of both sharks and humans. “With an estimate of more than 23.5 million sharks captured annually as bycatch during commercial longline fishing, if mandated and applied, the research has the potential to save four to eight million sharks per year globally.” Read more.
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