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VIP Series Starts with “Saving Nemo: (Aqua)Culture for Restoring the Ocean”

Florida Keys Community College is pleased to open the 2016 season of its VIP Series with “Saving Nemo: (Aqua)Culture for Restoring the Ocean” on Tuesday, January 26 at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus.  Presented by FKCC Professor of Marine Science Dr. Michelle Walsh, the session will explore the science of aquaculture, or fish farming, and how the emerging industry is supporting ocean restoration.

Currently, more than 90 percent of marine aquarium fish are collected from the wild—a problem that particularly spiked for clownfish following the release of Disney’s 2003 movie, “Finding Nemo.”  Aquaculture technology provides a way to supply the demand for aquarium fish that does not impact on delicate coral reef ecosystems.  Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, FKCC developed its Tropical Ornamental Mariculture Technology (TOMT) certificate in 2010.  Through hands-on training in the technology of cultivating clownfish and other species, FKCC is training the next generation of marine science professionals and environmental protectors.   

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at or by calling 305-295-7676. Admission is free for students at FKCC and Monroe County schools. Read more.


FKCC Students Remove More Than a Quarter Ton of Trash

Three student clubs at Florida Keys Community College collaborated in an effort to clean up areas of Stock Island between the Boca Chica Bridge and the Cow Key Bridge last week.  Members of the Environmental Club, the Scuba Club, and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society collected 641 pounds or 47 bags full of trash.  In addition, they removed other discarded rubbish too large to fit in bags.

The three groups set forth via foot, truck, and kayak to canvas the land, roadsides, mangroves, and shorelines near the Key West Campus.  Read more | View photos.

FKCC Students Attend World Aquaculture Society Conference

March 2015– Florida Keys Community College was represented at the World Aquaculture Society’s Aquaculture America Conference held last month in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Dr. Patrick Rice, FKCC Dean of Career, Technical, and Workforce Education, and Dr. Michelle “Mick” Walsh, FKCC Marine Science Professor, escorted seven students from the Tropical Ornamental Mariculture Technician (TOMT) program to the conference.  Themed “Center of the Plate,” the event united organizations across the nation that practice aquaculture, the cultivation of marine animals and plants.  Read more.

FKCC & Mote Marine Lab

FKCC & Mote Marine LabMote Marine Laboratory and FKCC forged a new education-focused partnership on Jan. 16 that will benefit students, faculty and scientists while enhancing Keys-based research and restoration of marine resources such as coral reefs.

Leaders of the two institutions, Mote President and CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby and FKCC President and CEO Dr. Jonathan Gueverra, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at FKCC’s Key West Campus. The MOU lays the foundation for collaborations in marine research and education serving the common missions and goals of both institutions.

Under this agreement, Mote and FKCC will explore exciting opportunities to partner in teaching, introduce more undergraduate students to the cutting-edge marine science at Mote’s research facility on Summerland Key and share research and education facilities and infrastructure. Read More | View Photos

VIP Series

In its second season, the College’s VIP Series builds on the success of its first year which drew hundreds to experience opportunities to learn from and be inspired by the visions, ideas, and perspectives of speakers of local, regional, and national prominence.

The 2015 season takes that experience to the next level with presenters and performers spanning timely and relevant topics of art, culture, history, and science. Four evening sessions will be held in the College’s Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus with light refreshments and a cash bar.

Individual performance and season tickets (for just $40) are available at or by calling 305-295-7676. FKCC student admission is free with FKCC Student ID.

Earn $250 for 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 receive $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.

For more information about computer courses, certification exams, or the “<Monroe /> COMPUTE$” grant opportunity, contact FKCC Computer Science Professor Dawn Ellis at Read more.

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.

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. Read more.

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.

FKCC Unites Scholarship Donors, Recipients

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.

FKCC Celebrates Constitution Day

Florida 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.

FKCC Opens The Writing Center

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 on Sept. 10.

“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

FKCC Graduates Future Law Enforcement Officers

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.

Hemingway Look-Alikes Give FKCC Scholarships

The “Papas” of the Hemingway Look-Alike Society (HLAS) kicked-off the festivities of the famed three-day Hemingway Look-Alike Contest by presenting $10,000 in scholarships to worthy Florida Keys Community College students. “Papa” Fred Johnson, HLAS Scholarship Chair, presented five awards to literary-focused students and five awards to nursing students on the stage of Sloppy Joe’s on July 17. Also, a 2014 FKCC-bound Key West High School graduate received the Kermit “Shine” Forbes Scholarship, named for the boxer and sparring partner of the celebrated writer.

The Hemingway Look-Alike Society established the FKCC scholarship 15 years ago with the purpose of encouraging education and literary talent in the community where the legendary writer called home in the 1930s and produced some of his most enduring literary works. The scholarship was later opened up to nursing students. Read more | View photos.

American Legion Presents Nursing Scholarships

At their annual Fourth of July Barbeque, officers of the Key West chapter of the American Legion, Arthur Sawyer Post 28, presented $1,000 scholarships to three Florida Keys Community College nursing students: Stephanie Clark, Ariana Boroquez and Naomi Andrews. The American Legion Post 28 has raised funds for and contributed to the scholarship fund in the FKCC Foundation for the past four years.

FKCC establishes “Seize the Clay” Arts Endowment, dedicates Fountain to honor Artist-in-Residence Jay Gogin

Two major announcements highlighted the “Celebration of Life” held June 30 to honor Florida Keys Community College’s late artist-in-residence Jay Gogin: the establishment of the “Jay Gogin ‘Seize the Clay’ Arts Endowment” and the dedication of the College’s marquee fountain to the ceramics instructor of nearly a quarter century.

Funds generated through the endowment will enable the College to strengthen the arts courses and activities, which Gogin cultivated and valued so dearly. It will also allow the College to continue traditions started by Gogin such as presenting guest artists to educate, entertain and delight FKCC’s students and community at large. For more information about or to contribute to the “Jay Gogin ‘Seize the Clay’ Arts Endowment,” contact the FKCC Foundation at or at 305-809-3531. Read more. Donate. View tribute.