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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.”

“’We, the people’ can change virtually the entire government simply by voting different people in office.  Unlike any other nation in the world, we can affect a wholesale change of our entire government without a single bullet being fired, without a single drop of blood being spilled,” said Scales. “It’s an amazing system.  It’s worked for centuries.  It’s the envy of the world.”  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 Wednesday morning. 

“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. 
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Florida College System Foundation Doubles Locally-Raised Fund for FKCC Scholarships

Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna presented a check on behalf of the Florida College System Foundation for $13,915 to the FKCC Foundation. The donation matches locally-raised funds for scholarships for students in the nursing program as well as students who are the first in their families to attend college. 

Of the total, $8,700 was provided by Florida Blue for nursing students, which matches funds donated to the FKCC Foundation by organizations such as the Hemingway Look-Alike Society, the Lower Keys Women’s Club and the American Legion Post 28.

Additionally, the Helios Education Foundation donated $889 and Bank of America donated $4,326 to equal amounts donated locally toward first-generation-in-college-student scholarships. The primary local donor for such scholarships is FKCC President Emeritus Dr. William A. Seeker who established the Sue and Albert Seeker First Generation in College Scholarship in 2007 in honor of his parents.

FKCC Graduates Future Law Enforcement Officers

FKCC Basic Law Enforcement Academy graduate Antonio Guieb is congratulated by Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay as FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra looks on.Florida Keys Community College held a graduation ceremony on August 8 for its fifty-second 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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