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Key West Chamber of Commerce and FKCC help high school students apply for college

The Key West Chamber of Commerce and Florida Keys Community College joined forces on October 1 to help local high school students, their families,  and guidance counselors navigate the unfamiliar sea of college decisions and deadlines.  The free workshop, entitled “Ready, Set, COLLEGE!,”  was held in the library on the College’s Key West Campus.
 
The Chamber and College will host another “Ready, Set, COLLEGE!” on February 25, 2015.  The second workshop will focus on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and will include hands-on guidance through completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  For additional information, contact the Key West Chamber of Commerce at 305-294-2587 or  FKCC at 305-296-9081.  Read more | View photos.
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FKCC Unites Scholarship Donors, RecipientsFred Johnson, scholarship chairman of the Hemingway Look Alike Society, proudly poses with FKCC student recipients of the scholarship: Emily Kovacs and Tiara Perry.

Florida Keys Community College’s Foundation hosted a scholarship social October 18 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, is set to distribute a total of approximately $150,000 in scholarships this year alone.  Read more | View photos.

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FKCC Celebrates Constitution Day

Pictured: FKCC’s Constitution Day event featured Judge Edwin A. Scales III of Florida’s Third District Court of AppealsFlorida Keys Community College celebrated Constitution Day today with students, faculty, staff, and community members in the library on the Key West Campus.  Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, and is celebrated at colleges and universities across the country. 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 to encourage habits of being a good citizen. 
 
FKCC History professor Sharon Farrell opened the event with an historical perspective of the development of the Constitution and the challenges our forefathers faced when developing the foundation of our government.  Following, Judge Edwin A. Scales of Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals talked about the Constitution and why it is “the greatest governing document the world has ever known.”  Read more | View photos.
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FKCC Opens The Writing Center

Chancellor of the Florida College System Randy Hanna (center) cuts the ceremonial ribbon in FKCC’s new Writing Center.  Joining in the celebration are (L to R): FKCC Board or Trustees Vice-Chair Tim Koenig, FKCC Trustee Elena Spottswood, FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra, FKCC Foundation Board member Annette Robertson, FKCC Foundation Chair Bob Cardenas, and FKCC English Professor Hilary Parmentier.  Florida Keys Community College officially opened its newest student success operation, The Writing Center, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the newly-renovated facility on the Key West Campus on Sept. 10. 
 
“This is a great day at FKCC,” College President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra told the audience packed with students, faculty, staff, board members, as well as special guest Randy Hanna, Chancellor of the Florida College System.  “Writing is a fundamental skill that is a critical part of student success—one that will stay with you throughout your career.” 
 
Fitted with multi-functional furniture and a host of new lap-top computers, the Writing Center is a dynamic instructional setting that supports student success in writing across curriculums.  Students are positively engaged and supported in a one-stop-shop for coaching, diagnostics, skill-building, and literacy enrichment. Read more | View photos
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FKCC Graduates Future Law Enforcement Officers

Florida Keys Community College held a graduation ceremony on August 8 for its fifty-second FKCC Basic Law Enforcement Academy graduate Antonio Guieb is congratulated by Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay as FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra looks on.Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Academy at the Marathon Government Center. Nine students successfully completed the 770-hour training program based in the College’s Middle Keys Center in Marathon. 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 Benjamin Elmore earned two accolades: one for academic excellence and the other for leadership. The coveted “PIG” award was presented to Class Lieutenant Ryan Aper for demonstrating pride, integrity and guts. Nancy Roberts was named “Top Gun” for her superior shooting skills.  Read more | View photos.
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Hemingway Look-Alikes Give FKCC Scholarships

The “Papas” of the Hemingway Look-Alike Society (HLAS) kicked-off the festivities of the famed three-day Hemingway Look-Alike Contest by presenting $10,000 in scholarships to worthy Florida Keys Community College students.  “Papa” Fred Johnson, HLAS Scholarship Chair, presented five awards to literary-focused students and five awards to nursing students on the stage of Sloppy Joe’s on July 17.  Also, a 2014 FKCC-bound Key West High School graduate received the Kermit “Shine” Forbes Scholarship, named for the boxer and sparring partner of the celebrated writer.

The Hemingway Look-Alike Society established the FKCC scholarship 15 years ago with the purpose of encouraging education and literary talent in the community where the legendary writer called home in the 1930s and produced some of his most enduring literary works.  The scholarship was later opened up to nursing students. Read more | View photos.
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FKCC Graduates Make All-Academic Team

Three recent graduates of Florida Keys Community College, Katelyn Forgham, Alexandria Hoyes and Amber Saunders, were named to the 2014 Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) All-Academic Team in July.  The group is comprised of students in the Florida College System’s 28 institutions who are both academically high-achieving and active in student clubs or sports. 

The FKCC students were recognized specifically for their active participation in FKCC’s Student Government Association. Saunders was vice president, Forgham was a senator and Hoyes served as an alternate officer.  All three graduated with Associate in Arts degrees in May.
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FKCC Launches e-Course Schedule; Encourages Early Registration

FKCC is going "green" with the introduction of a completely online eCourse Schedule for academic year 2014-2015, which begins August 21.  The new platform, which replaces the formerly printed publication, is easy to navigate and updated often.
 
The eCourse Schedule provides: academic program descriptions; course schedules for upcoming fall, spring and summer terms; financial aid and payment plan options; and other information to support students from registration through graduation.
 
College data indicates that students who register sooner are more successful. Therefore, new and current students are encouraged to peruse the eCourse Schedule, select their courses and register for the entire year as soon as possible.  
 
"It’s in our students’ best interest to secure their seats in the classes they need now," said Laura Estevez, FKCC Recruiter. "They need time to get their books and supplies, arrange their work and personal schedules, and become mentally prepared for their classes well before the start of the term.” Click here to view the eCourse Schedule.
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American Legion Presents Nursing Scholarships

At their annual Fourth of July Barbeque, officers of the Key West chapter of the American Legion, Arthur Sawyer Post 28, presented $1,000 scholarships to three Florida Keys Community College nursing students: Stephanie Clark, Ariana Boroquez and Naomi Andrews. 

The American Legion Post 28 has raised funds for and contributed to the scholarship fund in the FKCC Foundation for the past four years.

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FKCC establishes "Seize the Clay" Arts Endowment, dedicates Fountain to honor Artist-in-Residence Jay Gogin

FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra and ceramics assistant Bruce Berkowitz unveil the dedication of the College’s “Essence of Life” fountain to Jay Gogin, ceramics instructor of 24 years, during the “celebration the life” in his honor on June 30. Two major announcements highlighted the “Celebration of Life” held June 30 to honor Florida Keys Community College’s late artist-in-residence Jay Gogin: the establishment of the “Jay Gogin ‘Seize the Clay’ Arts Endowment” and the dedication of the College’s marquee fountain to the ceramics instructor of nearly a quarter century. 
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Long-time FKCC supporter Mike Dively, who was an avid student and friend of Gogin’s, spoke to the crowd via Face Time from his home in California.  He hailed Gogin as a visionary with a “why not?” attitude that led him to pursue many of the activities for which he will be remembered—such as bringing world-class artists to the College, organizing educational trips for students to Japan and Europe, and introducing generations of young students to the art of pottery and kiln-fired pizza.  In that spirit, Dively announced his contribution of $5,000 to establish the “Jay Gogin ‘Seize the Clay’ Arts Endowment” in the FKCC Foundation and encouraged all friends and supporters to also “seize the clay in honor of Jay” with a donation to build the new initiative. 
 
Funds generated through the endowment will enable the College to strengthen the arts courses and activities, which Gogin cultivated and valued so dearly.  It will also allow the College to continue traditions started by Gogin such as presenting guest artists to educate, entertain and delight FKCC’s students and community at large.  For more information about or to contribute to the “Jay Gogin ‘Seize the Clay’ Arts Endowment,” contact the FKCC Foundation at foundation@fkcc.edu or at 305-809-3531.  Read moreDonate.  View tribute.
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FKCC's Warning Status Removed

Florida Keys Community College received notice today from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) that the “warning” status placed on the College last June has been removed.  Furthermore, no additional monitoring or follow-up reports related to the sanction are required.  The College’s accreditation, which was reaffirmed in June of 2012, remains in place through June of 2022.  A formal letter from SACSCOC is expected to arrive in early July.
The sanction came after the review of a monitoring report which the College submitted along with its financial and operational audits to SACSCOC in the spring of 2013.  While SACSCOC reaffirmed FKCC’s accreditation in June 2012 for 10 years, 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.”  Read more.
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FKCC Board of Trustees Awards Scholarships to Local HS Grads

Further strengthening local educational pathways, the members of Florida Keys Community College’s Board of Trustees presented approximately $118,000 in scholarships to graduating Seniors of Monroe County high schools this week at their respective award events.  Eight students were selected to receive Board of Trustees (BOT) Scholarships.  A merit award, the BOT Scholarship is earned based on a student’s academic performance, leadership and community service and pays full tuition for a two-year degree.  Additionally, ten students received College Reach-Out Program (CROP) Scholarships, which covers tuition for an associate degree or certificate.  Receipt of the CROP Scholarship marks the culmination of years of commitment to the program, which was designed to motivate and prepare educationally disadvantaged, low-income middle school students to pursue and successfully earn a college credential.  Read more.
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FKCC President Gueverra: Memorial Day Remembrance of Late College Champion 

Frank Butler“Across the country, we will all celebrate Memorial Day in 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.  It is a time for heroes—both those who have fallen and those who are still living.  Before we embark on our respective traditions, I encourage you to join me in saluting all of our servicemen and women—wherever they are at this moment—and especially those who are no longer with us.  I thank them and their families for all that they have sacrificed to protect our freedom.  
 
There are many former military who have been associated with FKCC and they all deserve special recognition.  Today, however, I am honoring the late Frank Butler: a true champion of education in the Keys and especially the students of Florida Keys Community College.  Colonel Butler, originally from Missouri, retired from the U.S. Marine Corp after 28 years of service in 1987 and then dedicated the rest of his life contributing to this community..."  Read more
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FKCC Graduates Class of 2014

FKCC Class of 2014Florida Keys Community College presented 84 Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Science degrees and certificates to graduating students at the college’s 49th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 9 in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus.
 
Along with the traditional pomp and circumstance, the ceremony  featured several speakers: student Alexandria Hoyes, alumnus and U.S. Foreign Service Officer Kristofer Clark and former U.S. Under Secretary of Education Dr. Martha Kanter.  View photos.
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FKCC Students Named to All-Florida Academic Team

Florida Keys Community College students Alexandria Hoyes and Amber Saunders were named to the 2014 All-Florida Academic Team, comprised of the best and brightest students in the Florida College System’s 28 institutions.  The two students joined 109 teammates from across the state at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort last Friday to receive their medallions at the annual awards banquet. Team members were nominated by the local colleges’ chapters of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an international honor society among two-year colleges, for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the community. Read more | view photos.
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FKCC Opens New Marine Technology Building on May 6

FKCC Marine Technology BuildingFlorida Keys Community College invites the community to celebrate the grand opening of its new Marine Technology Building on the Key West Campus on Tuesday, May 6 at 5:30p.m.  The free event, sponsored by Ajax Building Corporation, will include tours of the $7 million, 30,000 square-foot building as well as demonstrations in its classrooms and labs.  The state-of-the-art facility, which overlooks the dive training lagoon, provides an enhanced learning environment for students, particularly those training in one of the College’s signature programs: Marine Engineering, Management and Seamanship.  
“This building represents a new era for the marine engineering program at FKCC,” said Dr. Patrick Rice, Dean of Career Technical and Workforce Education.  “The technology infused in the lab space—featuring 90-inch television screens controlled by iPads—will allow our instructors to interact with the students in ways we’ve never been able to before.”  Click here to read more. __________________________________________________________________________________________________