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Chipola College honors its Coca-Cola Scholars

04/11/2017

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

Twelve Florida College System Students Earn National Scholarships

04/07/2017

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.

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

03/31/2017

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.

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

03/03/2017

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

Florida College System promotes understanding, diversity

02/07/2017

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.

Chancellor Madeline Pumariega interviewed on Florida Face to Face

01/05/2017

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

Joshua Aites enjoys a moment between classes at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City

Homeless students find step up at Florida colleges

11/08/2016

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.

From left: Charles K. Cross Jr., chair of PBSC Board of Trustees; Jacqueline Rogers, Ed.D., Lake Worth campus dean of health sciences and public safety and founder of the Center of Excellence in Medical Simulation; PBSC President Ava L. Parker; and FCS Chancellor Madeline Pumariega.

Palm Beach State College Medical Simulation Center wins Best Practice Award

11/04/2016

(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.

The four Chancellor's Best Practice Awards before being conferred to Broward College, Indian River State College, Palm Beach State College, and South Florida State College at the 67th Association of Florida Colleges convention.

Florida College System Chancellor to Recognize Innovation and Excellence

11/02/2016

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.

WFSU's Tom Flanagan interviews Chancellor Pumariega and other experts on the Florida Prepaid Program

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.

The Florida College System is a network of Open-Access institutions that provide valuable opportunities to uniquely-abled students

At Florida colleges, Inclusion through Education

10/06/2016

“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.

Florida College System Chancellor Madeline Pumariega presents a $41,000 check to Hillsborough Community College for first-time-in-college and nursing students at a State Board of Education meeting

Florida College System Foundation Awards Scholarships Funds to Hillsborough Community College

09/26/2016

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.

Several Florida College System Foundation Trustees join FCS Chancellor Madeline Pumariega in presenting a scholarship check to several TCC students as TCC's president Jim Murdaugh looks on

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

09/21/2016

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.

John Padget—board member of the Florida College System Foundation, Vice Chair of the Florida Board of Education, and member of the FKCC Foundation Board—presents a check for $16,157 to FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra for scholarships distributed through the FKCC Foundation.

Florida College System Foundation Doubles Locally Raised Funds for FKCC

09/19/2016

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.

Chancellor Pumariega Sees Uptick in Hispanic Students in College

09/14/2016

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.