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Rise to 55 campaign sets goals for education, jobs

1/12/2018

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Helios Education Foundation Awards Florida College System Foundation $50,000 for Students Impacted by Hurricanes

12/7/2017

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The Panama City News Herald Reports " 'Rise to 55' aims to strengthen workforce, increase college attainment"

11/14/2017

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WJHG News Reports "State and local officials push for more post-secondary degrees"

11/14/2017

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WMBB News Reports "State and Local Leaders Working to Increase Educational Attainment Rate"

11/14/2017

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Florida College System Chancellor Recognizes Four Colleges for Innovation and Excellence

11/2/2017

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Florida College System Foundation Awards Florida State College at Jacksonville $50,772 for Student Scholarships

10/18/2017

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Removing Obstacles for Enrolling Students Displaced by Hurricane Maria

10/13/2017

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UWF's 'Innovation Campus Network' front and center at Gulf Power symposium

10/4/2017

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Governor Scott Asks State Colleges & Universities to be Considerate of Students Serving During Irma

9/14/2017

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St. Johns River State College Student Success Campaign.

8/2/2017

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State Board of Education Approves Four Baccalaureate Programs Aimed at Meeting Workforce Demands

7/18/2017

Today, the State Board of Education approved four Florida College System institutions to begin offering Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees by 2018.

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'Summer Melt' In break after high school, college plans often slip away

6/28/2017

Apply to college, graduate from high school in the spring, summer break and attend college in the fall. The timeline is there and the intention is there, but summer comes and those plans often melt in the heat that takes over on hot summer days.

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Florida Gateway College improves access by course restructuring and one stop enrollment services

6/22/2017

In the spring of 2016, academic and student support services were asked to collectively re-examine Florida Gateway College’s (FGC) summer course offerings and create a new summer schedule to boost enrollment.

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Corporate Alliance Partnership Program At Broward College

6/20/2017

The Corporate Alliance Partnership (CAP) builds comprehensive, mutually beneficial relationships with employers to grow a stronger Broward community.

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Dr. Tonjua Williams selected as next St. Petersburg College President

5/31/2017

During a special meeting on May 31, the Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg College (SPC) selected Tonjua Williams, Ph.D., as the college’s next President. The board voted unanimously on the selection.

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Chipola College honors its Coca-Cola Scholars

4/11/2017

Inside the atrium of the Literature and Language building at Chipola College- you'll find what's called the Wall of Honor.

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Twelve Florida College System Students Earn National Scholarships

4/7/2017

Today, during an awards ceremony in Tallahassee, Florida College System Chancellor Madeline Pumariega honored the 127 Florida College System students who were named to the All-Florida Academic Team. Twelve of those students also earned scholarships ranging in value from $1,000 to $5,000 for demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence, intellectual rigor and community service.

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Commissioner Stewart Commends Florida College System Students on Being Named to the All-Florida Academic Team

3/31/2017

The Florida Department of Education announced that 127 Florida College System students have been named to the 2017 All-Florida Academic Team for their outstanding academic achievement, leadership and service to their communities.

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Broward College and Indian River State College Recognized as Aspen Institute Finalists with Distinction

3/14/2017

Broward College and Indian River State College were honored with the 2017 Aspen Prize Finalist-with-Distinction Award, which includes a $100,000 cash prize. This award recognizes colleges who set the bar high and executed plans to exceed their own ambitions.

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Florida's Higher Ed Tops U.S. News & World Report Rankings

3/3/2017

Chancellor Madeline Pumariega was interviewed by WFSU about U.S. News and World Report naming Florida the “Best State for Higher Education".

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Florida College System promotes understanding, diversity

2/7/2017

In 1799, the first black student attended a college in the United States. Florida, 150 years later, established its first African-American Community College in Pensacola.

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Chancellor Madeline Pumariega interviewed on Florida Face to Face

1/5/2017

Chancellor Pumariega discusses higher education accessibility, college affordability, and the system’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

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Homeless students find step up at Florida colleges

11/8/2016

In his early 20's, Joshua Aites slept in his car, brushed his teeth at Wal-Mart or public restrooms at the beach piers, and landed in the Panama City Beach Rescue Mission for the homeless for three months.

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Palm Beach State College Medical Simulation Center wins Best Practice Award

11/4/2016

(Lake Worth, Fla. – Nov. 3, 2016) The Center of Excellence in Medical Simulation at Palm Beach State College has been chosen by the Florida College System as a 2016 recipient of the Chancellor’s Best Practice Award.

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Florida College System Chancellor to Recognize Innovation and Excellence

11/2/2016

Today, Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor Madeline Pumariega will recognize four colleges for innovation and excellence through the Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards. The colleges will be honored for programs of excellence during the Association of Florida Colleges’ 67th Annual Convention in Lake Buena Vista.

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The Florida Prepaid Program & Saving for College

10/27/2016

Florida College System Chancellor Madeline Pumariega says those who live in the Sunshine state have a valuable option when it comes to financing a higher education. It's called the Florida Prepaid Program.

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At Florida colleges, Inclusion through Education

10/6/2016

“If a police officer tells me to do something, I would, but not all autistic people know how to react,” says 19-year-old Sarah Stephens. The sophomore at Tallahassee Community College was speaking to a recent law enforcement gathering after a caregiver protecting an autism client was wounded by police.

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Florida College System Foundation Awards Scholarships Funds to Hillsborough Community College

9/23/2016

Today at the State Board of Education meeting in Tampa, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart presented Dr. Ken Atwater, president of Hillsborough Community College, with a check for more than $41,000 to benefit first-generation students and students pursuing careers in the expanding field of health care.

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TCC Recieves $27,000 for scholarships from Florida College System Foundation

9/21/2016

Madeline Pumariega, chancellor of the Florida College System, presented a check for $27,387 from the Florida College System Foundation to Tallahassee Community College on Monday.

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Florida College System Foundation Doubles Locally Raised Funds for FKCC

9/14/2016

Florida College System Foundation Board Member John Padget presented a check on behalf of the FCS Foundation for $16,157 to the Florida Keys Community College (FKCC) Foundation yesterday.

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Chancellor Pumariega Sees Uptick in Hispanic Students in College

9/14/2016

It’s personal for Madeline Pumariega. National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins Thursday, is more than a calendar date for the Miami born Cuban American. In Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras it is Independence Day.

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Two Florida Colleges Finalists for Aspen Prize

9/13/2016

Florida’s Broward College and Indian River State College were named today as two of ten finalists for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s preeminent recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.

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Broward College and Indian River State College Named Finalists for Prestigious Aspen Prize

9/13/2016

Today, Broward College and Indian River State College were named as finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Institute named the two colleges as part of the top 10 community colleges in the nation based on exceptional levels of student success. Florida is one of only three states with multiple finalists.

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Governor Scott Directs DOH and Education Leaders to Partner on Zika Preparedness

8/17/2016

"[On August 8th], Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Health (DOH) is investigating one new individual with non-travel related Zika in Palm Beach County. The individual has recently traveled to Miami-Dade County and the department’s investigation is underway to determine the source of infection."

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Governor Scott's Graduation Letters

5/5/2016

Governor Rick Scott congratulates spring graduates from the Florida College System.

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All-Florida Academic Team Announced

3/8/2016

The Florida College System is pleased to announce the members of the 2016 All-Florida Academic Team. This remarkable group of students are being honored for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the community.

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Governor Scott Presents Over $28,000 in Scholarships To Pasco-Hernando State College Students

10/8/2015

Today, Governor Rick Scott presented Pasco-Hernando State College with a check for more than $28,000 to benefit first-generation students and students pursuing careers in nursing. Each year, endowed gifts...

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NFCC Awarded Gold in NASA Engineering Competition

9/14/2015

If we’ve learned anything from Neil Armstrong’s words “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” It is that the greatest of achievements can be accomplished with even the smallest step. The same is especially true at NFCC, a college that prides itself on being a small college with big possibilities. The first step for a group of NFCC science students came about recently when NFCC Physics instructor Dr. Guenter Maresch presented his Young Engineers students with the opportunity to compete in the NASA Engineering Challenge at Cape Canaveral this past summer.

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Education Commissioner Presents Santa Fe College with a Scholarship Check For First-Generation & Health Sciences Students

8/26/2015

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart presented Santa Fe College President Jackson Sasser with a check for more than $31,000 to benefit first-generation students and students pursuing careers in the critical field of health care.

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Education Commissioner Presents St. Johns River State College with a Scholarship Check for First-Generation & Health Sciences Students

8/19/2015

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart presented St. Johns River State College (SJR State) President Joe Pickens with a check for nearly $22,000 to benefit first-generation students and students pursuing careers in the critical field of health care.

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Commissioner Stewart Announces Madeline M. Pumariega as Florida College System Chancellor

5/13/2015

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced the appointment of Madeline M. Pumariega as the Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor. FCS serves more than 800,000 students at 28 colleges throughout the state. Pumariega will be in place before colleges begin their fall term.

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State's Brightest College Students Honored as part of "Florida College System Month"

4/1/2015

The Florida College System is pleased to announce the 2015 All-Florida Academic First and Second Teams and scholars. These students will be recognized at an awards ceremony on April 9 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee. Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed April as “Florida College System Month” in honor of the great work being done at the state’s 28 colleges to prepare students for both professional and personal success.

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Santa Fe College Named Nation's Top College

3/18/2015

Santa Fe College has earned one of the nation’s top accomplishments for achievement among higher education institutions, winning the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence over national contenders.

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The Florida College System Celebrates Black History Month

2/27/2015

This month in Tampa, hundreds of educators from around the country met at the Ninth Annual “Black, Brown and College Bound” event at Hillsborough Community College. It is fitting that a Florida College System institution is hosting this event. Our state has a long history of being a leader in ensuring African-American students have the opportunity to pursue an education that will bring them success in career and in life.

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Christopher Mullin Named Executive Vice Chancellor of Division of Florida Colleges

2/17/2015

Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced that Christopher Mullin will be the Executive Vice Chancellor of the Division of Florida Colleges. In his role, Mullin will oversee all operations related to academics, student affairs, financial policy, budgeting and analytics. He will report to the Chancellor.

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Florida College System Announces the 2015 All-Florida Academic Team

2/18/2015

The Florida College System is pleased to announce the 2015 All-Florida Academic Team. These students will be recognized at an awards ceremony on April 9, 2015, at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee.

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Florida College System Trustees Hold Annual Legislative Summit

2/6/2015

Members of the Association of Florida Colleges’ Trustees Commission held their annual legislative summit this week to continue their critical role in expanding access and opportunity to hundreds of thousands of Floridians. The trustees represent each of the 28 Florida College System institutions and provide critical local leadership for each of their schools.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Florida DOE Celebrates Florida Career and Technical Education Month

2/6/2015

In February, the Florida Department of Education joins students and educators across the state celebrating Career and Technical Education Month. In honor of the observance, Governor Rick Scott issued a proclamation highlighting career and technical education opportunities available throughout Florida.

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Mike Hightower Named New Chair of Florida College System Foundation Board of Directors

2/4/2015

Mike Hightower was named chair of the Florida College System Foundation Board of Directors Monday. Hightower, senior policy advisor for Holland and Knight, thanked outgoing chair Dr. E. Ann McGee for her leadership as board chair. McGee is the president of Seminole State College.

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North Florida Community College Hosts "Chat with the Chancellor"

12/12/2014

Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna held the second in a series of Chat with the Chancellor events in November at North Florida Community College (NFCC) in Madison. Designed to engage students regarding their paths toward success, Chancellor Hanna and NFCC President John Grosskopf spoke with students about their experiences at the college.

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Gov. Rick Scott Presents Champion of Service Awards

12/9/2014

Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO, Chester Spellman, recognized four deserving Champions of Service: Peacemakers Family Center in Miami; AmeriCorps members Debra Trent and Stefon Gavin, mentors of 50 Large in Leon County; and the College of Central Florida’s Dental Assisting Program Outreach Dental Clinic.

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Florida College System Chancellor Recognizes Innovation, Excellence

10/29/2014

Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor Randy Hanna recognized two colleges for innovation and excellence through the Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards. College of Central Florida and St. Petersburg College were both honored for programs of excellence at the Association of Florida Colleges’ 65th Annual Convention in Destin.

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Broward College Hosts "Chat with the Chancellor"

9/24/2014

Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna held the first in a series of “Chat with the Chancellor” events at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale last week. Designed to engage students regarding their paths toward success, Chancellor Hanna and Broward College President David Armstrong spoke with students from three different college campuses.

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Two Florida Colleges Named Finalists for the Prestigious Aspen Prize

9/4/2014

Two Florida College System institutions have been named finalists for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Indian River State College and Santa Fe College were named finalists for the 2015 Prize in Aspen’s official announcement. The Aspen Institute identified the top 10 community colleges in the nation based on exceptional levels of student success. Florida was one of only three states with multiple finalists.

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Two Florida Colleges Named Finalists for the Prestigious Aspen Prize

9/4/2014

Tallahassee, Fla., September 4, 2014 – Two Florida College System institutions have been named finalists for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Indian River State College and Santa Fe College today were named finalists for the 2015 prize in Aspen’s official announcement. The Aspen Institute identified the top 10 community colleges in the nation based on exceptional levels of student success. Florida was one of only three states with multiple finalists.

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FAU, Broward College & Palm Beach State College Awarded $3.5 Million Florida TEAM Grant to Accelerate Pipeline for Computer Science & Engineering Students

8/14/2014

The Board of Governors has awarded Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Broward College (BC) and Palm Beach State College (PBSC) a $3.5-million state grant to create an accelerated pipeline for students in the economically important fields of computer science and computer engineering.

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Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna Appears on Florida Face to Face

8/14/2014

Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna sits down with The Florida Channel's Beth Switzer to discuss the upcoming school year.

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Miami Dade College Named Among “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education

7/21/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently released the 2014 list of Great Colleges to Work For and Miami Dade College (MDC) made the list for the sixth consecutive year.

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Chancellor's Leadership Seminar Graduates Future College Leaders

6/23/2014

Thirty five of the best and brightest faculty and administrators from the Florida College System's (FCS) 28 community colleges, state colleges and colleges graduated last week from the 2014 Chancellor's Leadership Seminar (CLS).

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Northwest Florida State College First in State to be Designated a Purple Heart College

5/20/2014

Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) has always been considered a military friendly institution, but recently the Military Order of the Purple Heart has designated NWFSC as a Purple Heart College.

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U.S. Department of Commerce Awards $1.5 Million to Tallahassee Community College

5/20/2014

Tallahassee Community College (TCC) has been working to develop the Wakulla Environmental Institute.

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St. Johns River State College selected for Walmart Foundation Workforce Training Grant

5/15/2014

As one of 17 colleges nationwide selected to participate in the new Job Ready, Willing and Able initiative funded by the Walmart Foundation, St. Johns River State College (SJR State) will receive a $150,000 grant.

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Florida Colleges Help Former Students Cross Finish Line

4/18/2014

Thanks to a national effort to increase associate degree completion, three Florida College System (FCS) institutions have graduated an additional 1,500 students and re-enrolled nearly 850 former students. Project Win-Win was an effort by Broward College, Indian River State College and St. Johns River State College to identify former students who left without completing a degree and award the degrees retroactively. Students who were just short of earning degrees were encouraged to re-enroll and complete.

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Florida College System Students Receive Prestigious Scholarships

4/14/2014

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is awarded to outstanding community college students planning to continue their education.

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Two Florida College System Students Selected for All-USA Community College Academic Team

4/8/2014

The All-USA Community College Academic Team, sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA TODAY, recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service.

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Best and Brightest Students Named to All-Florida Academic Team

4/1/2014

The Florida College System is pleased to recognize the 2014 All-Florida Academic Team. These outstanding students were chosen for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the community and will be recognized at an awards ceremony on April 24, 2014, at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.

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Florida College System Institutions Support the Oberndorf Scholarship Challenge

3/24/2014

Phi Theta Kappa partnered with the Oberndorf Family Foundation to endow the Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship, which is designed for Phi Theta Kappa members who are facing financial difficulties and are in danger of dropping out of college.

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Fifteen Florida Colleges Eligible to Compete for Prestigious Aspen Prize

1/23/2014

Fifteen Florida College System institutions are eligible to compete for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

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Florida College System Launches Free Mobile App

1/15/2014

Students and their families will have college information at their fingertips thanks to the new Florida College System (FCS) mobile app.

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Florida College System Chancellor Recognizes Best Practices

11/15/2013

Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor Randy Hanna recognized four colleges for innovation and excellence through the Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards. Florida Gateway College, Indian River State College, Miami Dade College and Pasco-Hernando Community College were each honored at the Association of Florida Colleges’ 64th Annual Convention in Orlando.

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FSU College of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Florida College System Make History

10/8/2013

Florida College System (FCS) bachelor's degree students will have access to a world-class education in criminal justice thanks to a new agreement with The Florida State University (FSU).

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Federal Grant Bringing $30.5 Million to Florida Colleges

9/18/2013

Eleven Florida College System (FCS) institutions are in line to get $30.5 million in funding to prepare workers in growing industries like supply chain management and information technology. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced $474.5 million in grants to more than 180 colleges and universities across the country.

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Fire Science Programs Recognized for Good Return on Investment

9/4/2013

Nine Florida College System (FCS) institutions were recognized by Fire Science Online for providing the best return on investment to fire science graduates.

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Florida College System EMT Programs Lead National Rankings

9/3/2013

Of the top 80 institutions in the U.S. providing the best return on investment to emergency medical technician (EMT) graduates, 20 institutions belong to the Florida College System (FCS).

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North Florida Community College Ranks Second Best in Nation

8/26/2013

Today Washington Monthly ranked North Florida Community College (NFCC) second among national community colleges in its ninth annual college rankings survey. Four other Florida College System (FCS) institutions made the list: Chipola College, Miami Dade College, Valencia College and South Florida State College.

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Florida College System Commits to Support Veterans

8/23/2013

Today the 28 colleges in the Florida College System (FCS) signed on to a national initiative to promote veteran-friendly policies at colleges and universities. The eight strategies in "Keys to Facilitating Veterans' Success on Campus" encourages colleges to implement policies that help veterans, active-duty service members and their families achieve educational and training goals.

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$1 Million in Scholarships to Benefit Florida College System Students

8/14/2013

Students in the Florida College System (FCS) will benefit from nearly $1 million in scholarships thanks to the Florida College System Foundation.

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Florida College System Joins Nationwide Movement

7/19/2013

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Florida Colleges Among Most Affordable in Nation

6/28/2013

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Florida College System Leads National Rankings

6/25/2013

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EPA Announces Florida State College at Jacksonville as Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Recipient

6/13/2013

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the selection of Florida State College at Jacksonville, Fla. as a recipient of the agency's Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program.

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College Completion Campaign Boasts Successes

6/4/2013

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New developmental mathematics program at Tallahassee Community College sees significant results

5/29/2013

For many community college students developmental math courses can serve as a roadblock instead of a gateway to greater academic achievement.

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Florida College System Tops Manufacturing List

5/29/2013

The Manufacturing Institute announced the charter members of a list recognizing schools for excellence in manufacturing education. Eleven Florida College System (FCS) institutions made the "M-list," making Florida the national leader with the most schools on the list.

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Seminole State College President McGee elected to AACC Board of Directors

5/21/2013

Dr. E. Ann McGee, president of Seminole State College of Florida, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a national organization representing the nation's almost 1,200 two-year colleges and their more than 13 million students.

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St. Johns River State College President, Trustees Win National Collegiate Award

5/10/2013

SJR State President Joe Pickens, J.D., and the District Board of Trustees were recently selected as the overall winner of a national awards program designed to recognize innovation and progressive practices among two-year colleges.

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Hillsborough Community College President Elected to Chair National Board of Directors

4/24/2013

HCC President Dr. Ken Atwater has been elected Chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

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Florida College System to Recognize Students for Academic Achievement and Community Service

4/9/2013

Today the Florida College System (FCS) will recognize the 2013 All-Florida Academic Team at Daytona State College. One-hundred and twenty two students representing the FCS and three students representing the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida were on hand to be honored.

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Dual Enrollment Toolkit Grant to Benefit Florida Students

4/2/2013

The College of Central Florida is the recipient of a new grant that promotes student success in dual enrollment courses across the state. The Florida Department of Education issued the $100,000 Florida College System (FCS) Dual Enrollment Toolkit Grant to promote secondary-postsecondary collaboration and training to help students succeed in college-level courses.

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Florida College System Celebrates National Community College Month

4/1/2013

April is National Community College Month and the Florida College System (FCS) plans to celebrate 55 years of innovation, achievements, and successes throughout the month.

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Two Florida Colleges Among Top Ten in Nation

3/19/2013

Today, the Aspen Institute announced the recipients of the prestigious prize for community college excellence. Florida is one of only two states to have multiple finalists in the top 10. Two Florida College System institutions - Broward College and Santa Fe College - were among the top 10 finalists.

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Study: Florida College System Produces $26.6 Billion Annual Impact on State's Economy

3/18/2013

Florida's 28 public colleges, known as the Florida College System (FCS), pump an additional $26.6 billion per year into the state's economy by producing graduates who are better prepared to become high-income earners, according to a new economic study released by the Council of Presidents for the FCS.

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Governor Recognizes Florida College System In "State of the State" Address

3/5/2013

Today, Governor Rick Scott recognized the Florida College System (FCS) during his "State of the State" address in Tallahassee. The governor praised the system for accepting his challenge to work to develop quality bachelor's degree programs costing students no more than $10,000.

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Florida Celebrates Career and Technical Education on the Hill

2/14/2013

In recognition of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, students from more than 35 Florida high schools, technical centers, and state colleges gathered at the state Capitol to display the importance of career and technical education programs. The event also featured participants from the state's career and technical student organizations.

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Florida Colleges Reaffirm Commitment to Transfer Opportunities for Students

2/11/2013

The Florida College System (FCS) has renewed its partnership with the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) for the 2+2 agreement, which allows students to complete their two-year associate degree then transfer to the upper division of a bachelor's degree program without losing credits.

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Florida College System Trustees Convene in Tallahassee

2/7/2013

Members of the Association of Florida Colleges' Trustees Commission - which represents trustees from the 28 Florida College System institutions - convened in Tallahassee Wednesday to prepare for the upcoming legislative session. Prior to the meeting, the trustees visited with Governor Rick Scott at the Governor's mansion.

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National Association Recognizes Florida Colleges for Excellence

2/7/2013

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Web Portal Helps Students Make Smart College Choices

2/4/2013

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Gov. Scott Announces All 23 Florida State Colleges with Baccalaureate Degrees Have Accepted $10k Degree Challenge

1/28/2013

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Daytona State College Recognized as National Leader in Online Bachelor's Degree Programs

1/15/2013

Today, U.S. News & World Report released its rankings of the best online bachelor's degree programs in the country. Daytona State College - a member institution of the Florida College System - landed at the top of the list with a number two ranking.

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State Board of Education Supports Veterans

12/12/2012

The Florida State Board of Education today approved a rule that will help active duty military personnel and veterans earn college credit for training received while in the military. The rule is a result of House Bill 347 passed during the 2012 legislative session that allows colleges to count military training toward the student's program of study.

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Florida "Ahead of the Curve" in Preparing Students for College

12/6/2012

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Palm Beach State College Answers Governor's $10k Degree Challenge

12/5/2012

Today, Palm Beach State College became the 12th Florida College System institution to accept Governor Scott's affordable degree challenge-to develop bachelor's degree programs that cost students $10,000 or less.

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Four Additional Colleges Accept Governor's $10 K Degree Challenge

11/29/2012

Four additional Florida colleges have accepted Governor Scott's challenge to work to develop quality bachelor's degree programs costing students no more than $10,000. To date, more than half of the 28 institutions in the Florida College System have announced support or interest in exploring the higher education affordability challenge.

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Florida College System Responds to Governor's $10,000 Degree Challenge

11/26/2012

Today at colleges in St. Petersburg and Lake Nona, Florida, Governor Rick Scott challenged Florida's state colleges to create bachelor's degree programs that cost no more than $10,000, in what he hopes will be Florida's response to the problem of rising college costs and student debt. A number of presidents of Florida College System institutions stepped up to answer his call.

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In Case You Missed It… Governor Scott Issues $10,000 Degree Challenge

11/26/2012

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Governor Issues College Affordability Challenge

11/26/2012

On the Clearwater campus of St. Petersburg College before an audience of college and community leaders and elected officials today, Governor Rick Scott issued a challenge to Florida's state colleges to create bachelor's degree programs that cost no more than $10,000.

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Statement by Braulio Colon, Executive Director for Florida College Access Network, on Florida State Board of Education Strategic Plan for 2012-2018

10/12/2012

Florida College Access Network's mission is to create and strengthen a statewide network that catalyzes and supports communities to improve college & career preparation, access, and completion for all students. Our Big Goal is to increase the proportion of working-age adults in Florida who hold a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential to 60% by the year 2025.

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New Grant Motivates Transfer Students to Complete their Postsecondary Degrees

10/12/2012

Florida students will get help to complete their associate degree after transferring to a state university thanks to a new grant partnership between the State University System and the Florida College System. The $495,000 Credit When It's Due grant from Helios Education Foundation complements and expands current efforts to boost college completion rates, and provides students with a meaningful stepping stone toward completing their baccalaureate degree.

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Information Security Breach Reported at Florida College

10/10/2012

The Division of Florida Colleges in the Florida Department of Education has been notified of an information security breach at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville involving employee and student records.

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Indian River State College Earns National Recognition

9/28/2012

A national report ranks Indian River State College the tenth top public college in the southern region by the U.S. News and World Report 2013 Best Colleges report. The ranking is based on 16 measures of institutional quality and student success.

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Florida Department of Education to Host College and Career Day

9/24/2012

The Florida Department of Education will host the third annual College and Career Day tomorrow in Tallahassee.

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Florida's Minority Students Top The Nation on College Entrance Exam

8/24/2012

A report released today by the College Board shows that Florida's graduating seniors increased their mean scores in every SAT subject area in 2011-12.

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Broward and Santa Fe Colleges Named Finalists for Prestigious Aspen Prize

8/12/2012

Florida is one of only two states in the nation to have multiple finalists in the top ten schools vying for the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

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Scholarship Funds Distributed to Florida Colleges

8/9/2012

Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna today announced the distribution of more than $825,000 in scholarship funds to the 28 college system foundations.

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Florida College System First in the Nation to Implement Common Core Teacher Training

8/2/2012

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New Web Portal Empowers Students to Make Informed Decisions About College

7/19/2012

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New Grant Helps Students Make Smart Decisions About College Financing

7/12/2012

A new grant from the Division of Florida Colleges and the Florida College System Foundation will help raise the financial literacy awareness of Florida students and decrease the numbers who default on student loans.

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Florida's College System Tops National Rankings

6/25/2012

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Florida's College System Receives High Marks on National Report

6/20/2012

The Florida College System is leading the way in preparing students to join the labor force according to a national report card released today by the Institute for a Competitive Workforce. The report awarded Florida's College System with an "A" grade in the categories of Student Access & Success, and Efficiency & Cost-Effectiveness. Florida's grade in these groupings bettered states across the nation including California, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas.

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Florida Colleges Eligible to Compete for Prestigious Aspen Prize

4/24/2012

In the first round of competition, 14 Florida colleges have been deemed eligible to apply for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Sunshine State again leads the nation in the number of colleges qualified to compete for part of the $1 million award in recognition of the institutions' academic performance and workforce outcomes.

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Three Florida College System Professors Among Nation's Best

4/23/2012

Three Florida College System professors have been rated among the country's 300 best by Princeton Review. The top rankings were based on thousands of student surveys collected by The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com, the highest visited college professor rating site in the United States.

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Florida College System to Recognize Outstanding Students

4/5/2012

Florida College System Month will formally kick off today with official recognition of the 2012 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Florida Academic Team by Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor Randy Hanna.

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