Year in Review
Another event-filled year has come and gone for the Florida College
System (FCS). The holidays are a time to rest, relax and enjoy time with
our loved ones. As we prepare for 2014, let’s reflect on some
accomplishments and highlights from 2013.
- All 24 colleges approved to offer baccalaureate
degrees signed on to Governor Scott’s $10,000
- The FSU College of Criminology and Criminal Justice
and the FCS entered into an agreement that will help FCS bachelor's degree students
transition smoothly into FSU's online Master of Science degree in
Criminal Justice Studies.
- The Florida College System Foundation awarded $879,555 in August for the 2013-14 academic
year. Scholarships are for First Generation students and for
those enrolled in Nursing and Allied Health programs. Students are
encouraged to apply for these scholarships at their local
- The State Board of Education approved 18 new FCS baccalaureate programs in 2013, bringing the total number of
baccalaureates to 168 within the system. Pasco-Hernando Community
College became the 24th college authorized to offer
- Thanks to a national effort to increase associate degree
three FCS institutions graduated an additional 1,500 students and
re-enrolled nearly 850 former students.
- Top FCS students were recognized at the PTK
All-Florida Academic Team Awards Ceremony on April 9, 2013, at Daytona
- All 28 colleges in the FCS signed on to a national
initiative to promote veteran-friendly policies at
colleges and universities.
- The Florida Department of Education issued the
$100,000 Dual Enrollment Toolkit Grant to the College of Central Florida to promote
secondary-postsecondary collaboration and training to help students
succeed in college-level courses.
- Broward College received a grant that will put tools in the hands of colleges to
help FCS students make good financial decisions.
- The Credit When its Due grant supported partnerships between colleges and
universities to help students earn associate degrees.
- The U.S. Department of Labor selected 11 FCS institutions
to receive $30.5 million in grant funds to support the areas of supply
chain management, information technology, orthotics and prosthetics
career education, and economic, workforce development and education
Chancellor’s Students of the Month
Vida Biggins faced many hardships before beginning her college career, but
overcame them and is now a student at State College of Florida,
Manatee-Sarasota (SCF). At SCF, Vida has excelled academically, served as a
leader and become involved with her local community. She has served as
president of student organizations, a representative on college committees
and a student speaker for notable events. Vida interned at the Roskamp
Institute in Sarasota and is coauthoring an article for the Association for
Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. She has been accepted into Columbia
University and dreams of becoming a neuroradiologist.
Gomez graduated from Edison State College (Edison), Henry
Glades Center, and is now attending the University of South Florida. While
at Edison, Crystal served in student government and participated as a peer
architect for Edison’s Cornerstone Experience course. This course allowed
her to work with first-year students to help them in becoming successful
college students. Crystal also participated in statewide events, such as
Rally in Tally, and organized events for students at the Hendry Glades
Center. Edison faculty member Arenthia Herren describes Crystal as “a
shining example of what student leadership should be.”
St. Petersburg College (SPC) student Stephanie Block has been a tremendous asset to her school. SPC
administrator Francine Fuentes says that while Stephanie has been working
in the College of Education as a Student Assistant, she has “tackled every
task assigned to her with grace, knowledge and a willingness to learn new
things.” Stephanie is a proactive student who completes tasks effectively
and whose welcoming demeanor assists the College of Education in recruiting
students. In addition to maintaining a strong work ethic, Stephanie excels
academically within her college courses.
more information about Chancellor’s Students of the Month, contact ChancellorFCS.
In the News
Seminole State College of Florida
graduates its largest class of bachelor’s degree graduates
Miami Dade College is one of eight
national institutions honored by the Institute for Higher Education Policy
State College of Florida,
Manatee-Sarasota celebrates the inauguration of President Dr. Carol F.
Florida Gateway College films The Nutcracker through the
perspective of a performer using Google Glass
The School of Education at Edison State College
graduates 48 educators
St. Johns River State College
student places 8th in national NetRiders competition
Eight students from Polk State
College fly to New York to accept the school’s aviation grant
Partnership between Florida
Institute of Technology and Valencia College will allow B.S. in Logistics
Management to be offered at Lake Nona Campus
Broward College student overcomes
health issues and earns a degree
Indian River State College dental
students work with local community to create Christmas smiles