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 FKCC Opens New Marine Technology Building on May 6

Florida 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.

FKCC offers scholarships for Fall term
Apply online by June 1

FKCC encourages prospective and current students to apply for scholarships for the fall term, which begins August 21.  Criteria for scholarships range widely to accommodate and assist a variety of students.  Scholarship descriptions, criteria and award amounts can be viewed at fkcc.academicworks.com.  Applications are submitted online and most are due by June 1.  There is no limit to the number of scholarships for which a student may apply or be awarded.

For more information and guidance, contact the FKCC Foundation at foundation@fkcc.edu or 305-809-3281.

Calling Poets and Poetry-lovers to
FKCC’s 7th Annual Poetry Reading

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Florida Keys Community College invites all poetry writers, aficionados and novices in the community to its seventh annual Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 24, from 2:00p.m. to 3:30p.m. in the library on the Key West Campus.  Led by Professor Hilary Parmentier’s poetry writing class, the open mic event will feature recitals of classic, contemporary and self-crafted poems by students, faculty, staff and community members.  
To set the stage, the students have designed “found poetry” displays created by arranging books so their stacked spines spell out poetic verses.  Directions will be posted to guide and encourage people to add their own poems to the display.
“The class this year is excited to continue with the tradition of hosting the event and putting their own spin on it with the display,” said Parmentier.  “They have all kinds of poems to share at the reading and on the display, so it should be fun.” 
Anyone interested in sharing poetry at the event is asked to contact Parmentier at hilary.parmentier@fkcc.edu to schedule a place in the program.

FKCC Offers Summer Coral Reef Courses in Bonaire 

This summer Florida Keys Community College will once again offer its popular summer field courses on coral reef ecology and management at Bonaire’s Captain Don’s Habitat. The courses will teach scientific techniques for assessing coral reef health and monitoring reef fish populations. While each course will be offered for college credit, unlike the past, this year will include a non-credit option for lifelong learners. There are no course prerequisites for the non-credit option. 

“In addition to our regular students, this year we’re responding to requests by divers who aren’t interested in academic credit, but do want to have a much more in-depth understanding of how coral reef operate, and the challenges they face,” says FKCC Marine Science Professor, Dr. Alex Brylske. “Our three successful years of prior experience at Captain Don’s has shown that this would be an ideal opportunity and location to make this unique educational experience available not only to college students, but to any interested diver.” 

For more information, including full course syllabi, contact: Dr. Alex Brylske at 305-809-3148 or alex.brylske@fkcc.edu.

FKCC Offers Summer Scientific Diver Course

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.  

An introductory course in marine biology or similar subject is recommended prior to enrolling in FKCC’s Scientific Diver Course (ISC 2132).  Four semester credit hours at the sophomore level will be awarded.  For more information, contact Dr. Alex Brylske at alex.brylske@fkcc.edu or at 305-809-3148.  Read more.

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