The Florida College System Newsletter


February 2014

Volume 3, Issue 2


Florida College System Recognizes Black History Month

Before Florida’s education system went through a period of desegregation in the 1960s, local school boards established 12 black community colleges in association with black high schools. By July 1966, all 12 black community colleges were merged with other community/junior colleges in those districts as part of the state’s desegregation plan, which allowed for multiple centers to serve a district’s population under one community college:

  • Booker T. Washington Junior College merged with Pensacola Junior College
  • Carver Junior College merged with Brevard Community College
  • Collier-Blocker Junior College merged with St. Johns River Community College
  • Gibbs Junior College merged with St. Petersburg Junior College
  • Hampton Junior College merged with Central Florida Community College
  • Jackson College merged with Chipola Junior College
  • Johnson College merged with Lake-Sumter Junior College
  • Lincoln College merged with Indian River Community College
  • Roosevelt College merged with Palm Beach Community College
  • Rosenwald College merged with Gulf Coast Community College
  • Suwannee River College merged with North Florida Community College
  • Volusia Community College merged with Daytona Beach Community College

Today, approximately 24 percent of students enrolled in the Florida College System (FCS) identify as Black/African American. FCS Chancellor Randy Hanna said, “Black History Month is an important time to reflect on our system’s history and acknowledge the many contributions African Americans have made to our colleges, state and nation.”


Chancellor’s Students of the Month

Patrick EndicottPatrick Endicott is a student at Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) working on his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. He is actively involved in many organizations and balances numerous responsibilities while maintaining a solid academic record. Patrick has earned 15 awards for journalism with the Florida College System Publications Association and received leadership recognition for his work with Campus Diplomats, Student Publications and Brain Bowl. He was named to the FCS Activities Association’s Academic All-American team, nominated for the Bob Graham Award with the FCS Student Government Association and was on the LSSC Dean’s List. Patrick is also actively involved in community service with Habitat for Humanity.

Brian McDonaldPensacola State College (PSC) student Brian McDonald is seeking a nursing degree and has shown exemplary leadership skills at PSC. As a member of the Student Nursing Association, Brian has helped the organization sponsor multiple “Lunch and Learn” programs. Additionally, when Brian realized that software used for the nursing program did not work easily on iPads, he learned how to make the software work and held workshops to teach students about the technology. Brian has assisted with new nursing student orientations as well as with nursing pinning ceremonies.

Text Box:  Adrienne Craddock, a Seminole State College of Florida (SSC) student, is seeking a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. While at SSC, Adrienne has worked as a student ambassador and a college work-study student. She also serves on the college’s President’s Council and serves as President of the U.S. Green Building Council Student Chapter. Adrienne has held positions such as Environmental Club President and Heathrow Campus Student Government Founding Secretary/Treasurer. Mercedes Bermejo, SSC dean of students, said Adrienne “takes her work, projects and classes seriously, and settles for nothing less than her best effort.”


For more information about Chancellor’s Students of the Month, contact ChancellorFCS.

In the News



Northwest Florida State College’s South Walton Education Center receives SACS accreditation

Santa Fe College receives grant to bring financial literacy to the community

Pasco-Hernando State College partners to implement national emergency grant

The Workforce Development Institute brings together experts to discuss changing workforce landscape

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota students participate in Yale research

Polk State College is Florida’s first public college to offer four-year degree in aerospace industry

Miami Dade College launches website to help Latinos prepare for college

Northwest Florida State College’s Forensics Team finishes first at state debate tournament

North Florida Community College receives a $737,189 program grant for health information technology courses

The Florida Channel releases a video featuring Gulf Coast State College

Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University launch guaranteed transfer program


Dr. Cynthia Bioteau


The Florida College System welcomes Dr. Cynthia Bioteau as the president of Florida State College at Jacksonville. Dr. Bioteau has worked as CEO of Salt Lake Community College, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Forsyth Technical Community College, and Dean of Developmental Learning and Academic Support at Bunker Hill Community College. Learn more about FSCJ President Cynthia Bioteau.



Announcing the 2014 All-Florida Academic Team

The Florida College System is pleased to announce the 2014 All-Florida Academic Team. These students will be recognized at an awards ceremony on April 24, 2014, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. The All-Florida Academic Team recognizes outstanding students for academic achievement, leadership and service to the community. These students were nominated by their respective colleges to the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. See attachment for the full list of team members and visit the All-Florida Academic Team website for more information.



Colleges Join Initiative to Provide Scholarships and Work Skills for Adults over 50

The AARP Foundation has announced the expansion of its BACK TO WORK 50+ program. Through a collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and support from the Walmart Foundation, AARP has been able to include 12 community colleges in the BACK TO WORK 50+ network. These colleges include two FCS institutions: Florida State College at Jacksonville and Santa Fe College. The participating colleges will provide training opportunities for jobseekers aged 50 and older and will host information sessions where job candidates can learn skills related to personal marketing tools, networking strategies, and searching for jobs and resources.


The AACC Plus 50 initiative helps community colleges across the nation expand or create campus programs to support students aged 50 and older. Tallahassee Community College was the most recent FCS institution to the join the initiative. Other FCS institutions already involved in the Plus 50 program include:

·         Indian River State College

·         Miami Dade College

·         Pasco-Hernando State College

·         Santa Fe College

·         Seminole State College of Florida

·         St. Petersburg College

·         State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota


“Baby boomers who are out of work or want to transition into new career fields need to update their skills. Community colleges are affordable and working to help baby boomers, even if they’ve never stepped on a college campus before,” said Mary Sue Vickers, director for the Plus 50 Initiative at AACC.




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