The Florida College System Newsletter


December 2013

Volume 2, Issue 12 


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 degree challenge.
  • 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 institutions.   
  • 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 baccalaureate degrees.


  • Thanks to a national effort to increase associate degree completion, 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 State College.
  • 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 partnerships.



Chancellor’s Students of the Month

Vida BigginsVida 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. 

Crystal GomezMaria Crystal 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. 

Stephanie BlockFor 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. Probstfeld

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


On behalf of the Division of Florida Colleges, happy new year!




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