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Fruit Trees for NE Florida

Landscape Matters
Wednesday January 25, 2017, at 10:00AM
Yulee Extension office at 86026 Pages Dairy Road

UF/IFAS Nassau Master Gardener Elaine Roblez will teach a class on growing and maintaining fruit trees in your landscape. The class will take place at the Yulee Extension office at 86026 Pages Dairy Road where the UF/IFAS Nassau Fruit Demonstration Garden is located. Growing there are a wide variety of fruit trees and shrubs, including: apple, pear, olive, nectarine trees, blueberry shrubs and grape vines. The class is open to the public.
For more information, call the Extension office at 530-6350.

Master Gardeners are on phone duty on Fridays, at 530-6350, press ‘1’ for the Yulee office.

Vaccinating the Future, TEDxFSCJ

TEDxFSCJ Announces Upcoming Salon: Vaccinating the Future

TEDxFSCJ will host a salon exploring the critical role vaccines play in promoting public health.

Recent advances in vaccine research have laid the groundwork for addressing many of the key public health issues of the 21st century. Yet vaccines have also proved a source of popular misunderstanding, and ever-new outbreaks of infectious disease challenge researchers and practitioners alike to keep pace with a globally interconnected health environment.

The evening includes a panel discussion with Dr. Keith Knutson, a leading cancer researcher at the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Pauline Rolle, the medical director of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County. Co-hosted by Florida State College at Jacksonville professors Dr. Dianne Fair and Dr. Lourdes Norman-McKay, the salon will provide insight into how a vaccine is brought to market, how vaccines are tested for safety, the challenges of getting vaccines to the public and new hope for using vaccines to fight cancer.

Join the conversation with cutting-edge researchers and dedicated public health workers committed to growing healthy communities.

For more information, visit http://www.tedxfscj.com/.

WHEN: Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville Deerwood Center-Performance Theatre, Room G-1709
9911 Old Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Learn to Pilot Your Drone at FSCJ

YULEE, FL – In response to the rising popularity in drones, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) will offer a course at the FSCJ Nassau Center designed to prepare students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote Pilot knowledge test to earn their FAA Remote Pilot Certificate for commercial drone operation.

The course will be held on Saturday, January 14 and Saturday, January 28, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The class will meet for a total of 12 hours, six hours on each Saturday. Weather and time permitting, demonstration flights may be flown at the end of the classes.

Topics covered in the course include airspace, sectional charts, communications, aviation weather and reports, Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) safety, decision making and Part 107 rules governing commercial operations of small unmanned aerial systems.

Registration for the course is $95. The FSCJ Nassau Center is located at 76346 William Burgess Blvd, Yulee, FL. For more information or to register, contact FSCJ Continuing Education at (904) 357-8910.

About FSCJ
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a public, nonprofit higher education institution that offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs to meet the education and training needs of more than 50,000 students per year.

College Goal Sunday Makes Transition to College Easier

Jacksonville, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), in partnership with the University of North Florida, Edward Waters College, Duval County Public Schools, the Nassau County School District, Year Up Jacksonville and RealSense, a United Way-led coalition, is hosting College Goal Sunday, a free event that helps college-bound students and their parents or guardians complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

College Goal Sunday takes place Sunday, November 6, 2016, from 1-4 p.m. at both the FSCJ Advanced Technology Center, located on FSCJ Downtown Campus, and the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center.

This annual event provides free, in-person, financial aid guidance to help students and parents prepare for a smooth transition from high school to college. Students who attend College Goal Sunday also have the opportunity to enter for a chance toreceive scholarship money. Participating colleges and universities are giving away more than $20,000 in scholarships.

The addresses for each location are listed below:

FSCJ Advanced Technology Center
(next to Downtown Campus, between Pearl and Broad streets)
401 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center
(just east of I-95 off of SR A1A)
76346 William Burgess Blvd., Yulee, FL 32097

Professional financial aid staff and counselors will be on hand at both locations to offer free help in all aspects of the application process. In order to complete the FAFSA, parents and students should bring the following:
*Social Security number, driver’s license or alien registration card
*2015 IRS 1040 or latest tax return and W-2 statements
*Federal Student Aid ID (Don’t have one? Create one at fsaid.ed.gov.)

For more information, visit http://www.collegegoalsundayfl.org.

FSCJ Receives Money For Needs-based Nursing Scholarship

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) was awarded a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) which will provide scholarships for disadvantaged full-time students in the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Nursing degree program.

In this first year, FSCJ was awarded $647,800 to support 50 scholarships for nursing students who are in need of financial assistance. The scholarship will provide for books, uniforms and other incidentals incurred while completing the 16-month program. The full grant total has the potential to reach over $2.5 million and assist 200 nursing students to achieve their A.S. degree.

FSCJ is committed to supporting the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program to increase the number of graduates practicing in primary care, promote enrollment and retention of full-time students from disadvantaged backgrounds including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups, and augment the number of graduates working in medically underserved communities. The SDS project will take a multi-level approach to helping local educationally and economically disadvantaged residents overcome the obstacles they face when entering and completing the A.S. in Nursing program.

The project will meet the following objectives:
* Annually provide 100 underrepresented and disadvantaged pre-college students nursing career awareness and SDS outreach.
* Maintain an annual 75% retention rate for SDS participants through academic strengthening and retention services.
* SDS participants will reach a 90% pass rate on a competency examination addressing the health care needs and nursing implications for underrepresented populations.
* By the end of year four, at least 50% of licensed (successfully passed NCLEX-RN) SDS students will indicate they have obtained employment in a primary care setting and/or medically underserved area.
* Support the retention and graduation of disadvantaged A.S. in Nursing students by awarding 50 scholarships annually.

“By combining FSCJ’s vast nursing education resources with those of Duval and Nassau counties’ largest hospitals and health care organizations, local pre-college youth outreach groups and community organizations, we are well-equipped to provide a comprehensive recruitment and retention program for students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds,” said Dean of Nursing Dr. Therese Ditto. “We are grateful for the HRSA’s support and look forward to the impact it will have on our students and the quality of health care available for our community.”

The A.S. in Nursing is nationally accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For further information, click HERE.

About FSCJ
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a public, nonprofit higher education institution that offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs to meet the education and training needs of more than 50,000 students per year.

FSCJ Connects Job Seekers with Employers

Florida State College at Jacksonville’s (FSCJ) FL Trade Grant program invites current and prospective students and job seekers to the Manufacturing Job Fair on Tuesday, July 12.

For those who already have the education and training to meet the needs for a manufacturing career, potential employers will be available to discuss their open positions.

For anyone interested in beginning a career in the manufacturing field, FSCJ representatives will be available to share information and answer questions on the certifications and degrees offered through the College. From the nationally recognized OSHA 30-Hour General Industry certification to an Associate in Science (A.S.) in Engineering Technology, FSCJ can help prepare individuals for high-demand jobs in manufacturing.

Companies attending the Job Fair include, but are not limited:

* Ameri-Force
* Anheuser-Busch MCC
* Gerdau
* Johns Manville
* Kelly Services
* Lee & Cates Glass/Flat Glass Distributors
* Medtronic
* Oldcastle Coastal
* Safariland

FSCJ is partnering with the First Coast Manufacturers Association and Career Source of Northeast Florida to execute this Job Fair which is funded in whole/or in part by a $15,000,000 TAACCCT grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

To learn more about FSCJ’s Florida Trade Grant program, visit FSCJ’s website.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville-Advanced Technology Center, Rooms T140-141, 401 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

FSCJ Joins Achieving the Dream Network to Improve Student Success

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) announced it is one of over 200 community colleges throughout the country to be selected to join Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national community college network dedicated to improving student success. ATD acts as a catalyst to help colleges strengthen and build their capacity to ensure that more students complete postsecondary education, giving them greater opportunity for economic success.

ATD’s capacity-building framework and companion self-assessment allow colleges to pinpoint areas of strength and opportunities for improvement across key institutional areas such as leadership and vision, teaching and learning, and data and technology. ATD coaches mentor member colleges, providing coordinated, personalized advice to help build proficiencies, align student success efforts and support change in identified areas of need.

“We are honored to join Achieving the Dream’s exclusive network to help drive change and success for our students,” said FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia A. Bioteau. “Their decade of experience will help strengthen our teaching and learning initiatives, deepen our ability to collect and analyze data and construct strategic partnerships, culminating in improved student success, higher retention and completion rates and the closure of achievement gaps.”

Last week, an FSCJ leadership team represented FSCJ at the ATD Cohort Kickoff Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona. They joined 11 other kickoff teams from colleges across the nation to collectively and collaboratively develop processes for transformative institutional improvement. Working alongside ATD leadership and data coaches, teams analyzed their respective college’s strengths, challenges and opportunities for advancement. Using the identified key student success priorities and areas of opportunity, FSCJ’s team is now working toward developing and implementing a strategy to achieve their established goals.

About Achieving the Dream
Achieving the Dream, Inc. www.achievingthedream.org (ATD) is a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams – working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia – helps nearly 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

FSCJ Hosts Color Me FSCJ Art Exhibition

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) invites faculty, staff, students and members of the public to demonstrate their creativity at the #ColorMeFSCJ art exhibition. The goal is to transform a life-size coloring page into a collaborative masterpiece, which will serve as a welcoming mural for incoming students in the Fall Term.

Visitors are encouraged to help bring the Open Campus/Deerwood Center Gallery walls to life by using the exhibition as a blank canvas. Whether you are in search of an outlet, have a little extra time or simply possess the urge to express, everyone is welcome to add a touch of color and imagination to the exhibition.

Crayons will be provided. Visitors are asked to take photos of their contributions and share them using the hashtag #ColorMeFSCJ. Weekly favorites will be shared on social media.

WHEN: Now – September 24, 2016

WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville-Open Campus/Deerwood Center
Rotunda Gallery, 9911 Old Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

FSCJ Opens Digital Resources Reducing Student Costs

Jacksonville, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is one of only two colleges in Florida that has been awarded a grant to create degree programs using high-quality open educational resources (OER). The initiative, which involves 38 community colleges in 13 states, is designed to help remove financial roadblocks that can derail students’ progress and spur improvements that will increase the likelihood of college completion.

The annual costs of textbooks are about $1,300 per year for a full-time community college student-roughly a third of the cost of an associate degree. Research shows this cost is a significant barrier to college completion. The OER Degree initiative will create a library of digital, open courses available to other institutions and the public at large.

Using digital and interactive OERs such as open courseware allows faculty to continue to teach students in engaging and dynamic ways and invite students to become more actively involved in their own learning. The initiative’s requirement to create entire degree programs using OER also will trigger a careful re-examination of course content and sequencing to build up-to-date, cohesive degree programs.

“We are excited to begin the review and redesign of select online programs to allow us to offer resources that will make receiving a college education more affordable for our students,” said FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. “Our faculty, administrators and program managers will work collaboratively to develop advanced, customized content that complements the learning style of digital learners and provides the most comprehensive curriculum to prepare students for career opportunities and furthering their education.”

The college plans to roll out the following degrees in an OER format by the end of the grant.

1. Associate in Arts in General Studies
2. Associate in Science in Human Services

Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national community college reform network, is managing the new OER Degree initiative on behalf of a consortium of investors that includes the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, the Shelter Hill Foundation and the Speedwell Foundation.

At the completion of the initiative, all approved OER courses will be available through a comprehensive, easily accessible online platform to encourage OER adoption even at non-participating institutions.

About Achieving the Dream
Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.

About FSCJ
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a public, nonprofit higher education institution that offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs to meet the education and training needs of more than 50,000 students per year.

FSCJ Offers Class in Life Strategies at the Barnabas Center

YULEE, FL – The FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center is offering a course in Strategies for Success (SLS1103) at the Barnabas Center, 1303 Jasmine St., Suite 101, Fernandina Beach, for the fall semester.

This course is designed to assist students in developing skills that will help them succeed in college, career and life. Basic academic success skills which may be applied in your career or life will be emphasized. Other topics covered include problem solving, communication skills (written and verbal), work ethic, introduction to information literacy, setting goals and identifying priorities.

If you are considering a return to school or just need to learn to better prioritize and brush up on your skills for life in general, this is the class for you. Class will meet on Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 p.m. starting August 24 through December 9, 2016.

You may register at fscj.edu, or call 548-4432 for more information or to speak to an advisor. The Betty P. Cook Nassau Center is located at 76346 William Burgess Boulevard, Yulee, Florida.

FSCJ Announces College Preparation Course for High School Students

Florida State College at Jacksonville’s College Reach-Out Program (CROP) is now accepting applications for the summer Gaining Resources and Developing Skills (GRADS) college preparation session. Parents looking to get additional help for students to prepare them beyond high school, should apply today. GRADS provides rising sophomore, junior and senior students with SAT/ACT prep and career/life skills needed for educational success.

The session runs from June 20-July 27, 2016, and takes place at FSCJ Kent Campus. Spaces for the program are limited, so parents are encouraged to enroll their students today.

Students will participate in career exploration sessions, practice academic skills, learn financial literacy and perform community service activities to help equip them with the tools necessary for an easy transition into postsecondary life.

Other activities students will enjoy include structured time management, career panels, cultural events, educational/career tours and a talent/award ceremony. Participants will have transportation, supplies and meals provided to them for all weekly sessions.

For more information, contact Courtney Gordon at (904) 632-3175.

The GRADS orientation for students and parents will take place on June 18, 2016.

WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Orientation: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Workshop: June 20, 2016 – July 27, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. – noon
WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville-Kent Campus, F-128
3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32205

FSCJ Offers Scholarship Opportunity for Nassau County Graduates

YULEE, Fla. – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) has announced a scholarship opportunity available to recent Nassau County high school graduates. The Rayonier Community Funded for Nassau Scholarship is now accepting applications from those who have earned their high school diplomas within the past five years.

Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled at least part time (six or more credit hours) in nursing or accounting academic programs, have and maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and have filed the FAFSA form with the federal government. Award amounts vary.

For more information or to apply, please visit the FSCJ Scholarship Portal <