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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 Invites Future Students to Open House     

Florida Keys Community College invites prospective students and their families to an open house on Thursday, October 30 at 5:30p.m. at the Key West Campus.  The event is designed to introduce future students to the myriad of academic programs available at the College and to provide guidance through the enrollment process.  The regular $30 application fee will be waived for those who submit an application during the event.

Prospective students will meet faculty, staff, and current students who will provide information about academic and career training programs; financial aid and scholarship opportunities; learning support resources; and student clubs and activities.  Concurrently, family members will participate in a “President to Parent” forum led by College President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra on guiding and assisting soon-to-be college students.  Pizza and refreshments will be served.

Those interested in attending the Open House are asked to R.S.V.P. by clicking here. For more information, contact Recruiter Laura Estevez at 305-809-3247 or laura.estevez@fkcc.edu.

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.

Sigma Alpha Pi Elects New Leaders

The Florida Keys Community College chapter of Sigma Alpha Pi elected new members to fourteen positions on the club’s executive board.  Tiara Perry will serve as president, Barbariza Kariuki will serve as vice-president, and Tim Yakubowski will serve as the secretary for the 2014-15 academic year.  Located on college and university campuses across the nation, Sigma Alpha Pi is a society that fosters leadership development and student success.  In addition, the FKCC chapter also participates in community activities and raises funds for Wounded Warriors Project.

Key West Police Department Now Patrolling FKCC

Please be aware that the Key West Police Department has taken over patrol of the north side of Stock Island including FKCC’s Key West Campus.  As such they will be monitoring campus and issuing tickets for traffic and parking violations as necessary.

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