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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.
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FKCC Shark Repellent Research Highlight 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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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.
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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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Key West Chamber of Commerce and FKCC help high school students apply for college

The Key West Chamber of Commerce and Florida Keys Community College joined forces on October 1 to help local high school students, their families,  and guidance counselors navigate the unfamiliar sea of college decisions and deadlines.  The free workshop, entitled “Ready, Set, COLLEGE!,”  was held in the library on the College’s Key West Campus.

The Chamber and College will host another “Ready, Set, COLLEGE!” on February 25, 2015.  The second workshop will focus on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and will include hands-on guidance through completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  For additional information, contact the Key West Chamber of Commerce at 305-294-2587 or  FKCC at 305-296-9081.  Read more | View photos.

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FKCC Unites Scholarship Donors, Recipients

Fred Johnson, scholarship chairman of the Hemingway Look Alike Society, proudly poses with FKCC student recipients of the scholarship: Emily Kovacs and Tiara Perry.Florida Keys Community College’s Foundation hosted a scholarship social October 18 in Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus.  The event brought together dozens of scholarship recipients with the generous individuals who support and fund the awards.  The FKCC Foundation, which cultivates funds through private donors, community organizations and public agencies, is set to distribute a total of approximately $150,000 in scholarships this year alone.  Read more | View photos.
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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.”  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. Read more | View photos

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