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Happy Holidays
Please Note Holiday Closure

The FKCC Middle Keys Center will be closed Mon. Dec. 15 through Fri. Dec. 19.  During that time, students and community members may receive service at the Key West Campus or Upper Keys Center or by calling 305-296-9081.

All FKCC locations will be closed for the Holiday Break Mon. Dec. 22 through Fri. Jan. 2 and will re-open for business on Mon. Jan. 5.  The spring semester begins Jan. 9.

FKCC Graduates Future Law Enforcement Officers in Upper Keys

Basic Law Enforcement Academy #53Florida 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 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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