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FKCC Graduates, Pins Nine Nurses
December 10, 2013—Florida Keys Community College marked the graduation of nine soon-to-be nurses with a traditional pinning ceremony on Friday. Each graduate was presented his or her nurses’ pin by select family members, friends, faculty, or mentors—marking the completion of nursing school and the beginning of a new career. Originating with nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War, the presentation of the nurses’ pin and the lighting of the nurses’ lamp symbolically initiates new nurses to the profession.
In her elocution, FKCC Nursing Director Dr. Ruth Gallagher encouraged the graduates of the rigorous 22-month Associate in Science degree program to “speak with honesty, think with sincerity and act with integrity.”
The graduates are now eligible to apply to the State Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become registered nurses. Currently, FKCC boasts a considerably high NCLEX-RN pass rate with 98 percent of its graduates earning licensure—compared to a 79 percent state average and an 84 percent national average. Click here to read the full story and to view photos.
FKCC Exhibits Student Talent in First Fall Art Show
Florida Keys Community College invites the community to its first Fall Student Art Show in the Library Gallery on the Key West Campus. Like the show held traditionally in the spring, this collection showcases the talent and creativity of FKCC students as well as the College’s faculty of professional artists. Fifty-four pieces of artwork created by students over the past semester will be featured, including: ceramic pottery; oil, pastel, and art stick paintings; traditional, digital and underwater photography; and steel sculptures. Most pieces will be for sale with proceeds going to the student artists as well as the FKCC Library Gallery Fund.
The College will celebrate the opening of the show with a reception on Friday, December 6, from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. “Best in Show” will be announced at the event and will receive a blown glass vase created and donated by visiting artist Wes Hunting. The winner was selected by a panel of judges that included Hunting as well as Florida Keys Council of the Arts Business Manager Jodell Roberts and FKCC English Professor Dr. Kerry Charron.
The exhibition will remain on display until February 28 and is sponsored by the FKCC Foundation. For more information, contact the FKCC Library at 305-809-3194 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FKCC Graduates Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers in Double Ceremony
Florida Keys Community College held a double graduation ceremony for its fiftieth Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Academy and forty-sixth Corrections Academy on November 22 on the College’s Key West Campus. Upon passing their respective state certification exams, the six BLE Academy graduates will become Florida Law Enforcement Officers and the 19 Corrections Academy graduates will become Florida State Corrections Officers. Through sponsorship support from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, all graduates of the Corrections Academy have secured employment as detention deputies at one of the three detention centers in the Keys. Click here to read more. Click here to view photos.
FKCC's Team Shines in DoD's Perseus
November 22, 2013-- Three Florida Keys Community College students can rest a little easier now following an intense week marking the culmination of a two-semester research, design, and building challenge called Perseus. The program, sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office, brought undergraduate student teams from four universities to FKCC’s Key West Campus for the second year running. Their mission: to create an underwater vehicle capable of locating and analyzing simulated explosives submerged 40 feet beneath the water’s surface in the College’s dive lagoon in a demonstration held Thursday.
At first, the FKCC team seemed at a relative disadvantage—consisting of only three freshman and sophomore students in the non-engineering disciplines of computer science, marine environmental technology, and diving. The other teams were larger and comprised of juniors and seniors majoring in fields like electrical, mechanical and ocean engineering from larger universities—specifically, Florida Atlantic University, Georgia Tech, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Stevens Institute of Technology. For many of those students, Perseus was their capstone senior project... Click here to read the full story. Click here to view photos.
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