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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.
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Earn Cash with a Computer Certification

FKCC students have another good reason to earn a computer certification: cold hard cash.  Students who take and pass computer certificate exams in CompTIA, Microsoft, Oracle, or Web Design will be eligible to take home $250 in addition to the valuable credential.

The computer training incentive is made possible by “<Monroe  /> COMPUTE$,” an initiative founded and funded by education advocates John Padget and Jacob Dekker in August.  The purpose is to create a “computing platform” of courses and certificates in Monroe County to encourage students ranging from middle school to college to gain practical programming skills needed to thrive in tomorrow’s technology-fueled world.  

The $250 grants will be dispersed to the first 100 completers and must be claimed before June 30, 2015.  They are distributed through the Kura Hulanda Foundation, a private foundation supported by Padget and Dekker. 

FKCC offers courses to prepare students to successful sit for these exams; however any FKCC student is eligible to sit for the certification exams even without taking a computer class.

For more information about computer courses, certification exams, or the “<Monroe  /> COMPUTE$” grant opportunity, contact FKCC Computer Science Professor Dawn Ellis at dawn.ellis@fkcc.edu
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FKCC Graduates Fall Class of 2014

FKCC held its second fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 12 at the San Carlos Institute.  Approximately 70 students received their diplomas—a milestone moment culminating years of hard work, challenges, and achievements. 
 
The intimate and personal ceremony was a family affair which was reflected in College President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra’s address.  He commended the graduates for believing in themselves and each other and shared individual stories of triumph within the class.  He praised twin sisters Alaina Applegate and April Applegate who began college as dual enrollment students in high school and graduated with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.  Gueverra also recognized father and daughter graduates Raul Stormm and Rita Stormm for inspiring and supporting each other toward completing their degrees.  Later in the program, he invited the young twin sons of graduate Arwen Hebden to the stage to help their mother accept her Associate in Arts diploma... Read more | View photos.
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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.

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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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Florida Keys Community College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Discrimination/harassment on the basis of color, race, ethnicity, genetic information, sexual orientation, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status or disability in admission to, or employment in, its education programs or activities is prohibited. Please report any form of discrimination/harassment immediately to the College’s Equity Coordinator, Shadrach Neiss,Esq. Office A130, Human Resources, 5901College Road, Key West Florida 33040, (305) 809-3248 or to the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.
 
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