FKCC held a graduation ceremony for its fifty-second Corrections Basic Recruit (CBR) Academy on Wednesday in the Library on the Key West Campus.  Ten students successfully completed the 420-hour training program through the College’s Institute for Public Safety.

Through a partnership with the Monroe County Sheriff Office (MCSO), all graduates have already secured employment at one of the three corrections centers in the Keys.  During the ceremony, Sheriff Rick Ramsay presented each graduate with a badge reflecting their new roles as Florida Corrections Officers.

Graduate Juan Valdes, Jr. chose the special occasion to propose marriage to his girlfriend Jacqueline Collins.  She said “yes” as classmates, family, friends, FKCC and MCSO staff cheered on.

Special accolades were presented to top performing students.  Class Captain Israel Rodriguez earned the Leadership Award as well as the “Top Gun” award for superior shooting skills.  Ricardo Aristil was recognized for academic achievement and Jeremy Jarvis was recognized for Physical Fitness.  The coveted “PIG” award was presented to Valdes for demonstrating pride, integrity, and guts.

FKCC’s Corrections Basic Recruit 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 August 2017 at its Upper Keys Center in Tavernier as well as one that begins in January 2018 at the Key West Campus.  For more information about FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, visit