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Claire Jolicoeur Named NFCC Student of the Year
Each April North Florida Community College (NFCC) honors its outstanding students during Honors Convocation and, with the input of faculty and staff, selects a student for the highest honor of Student of the Year. Receiving the prestigious 2017 NFCC Student of the Year award is Claire Jolicoeur of Live Oak. Jolicoeur will complete an Associate in Arts degree and graduate from NFCC this May with a 4.0 GPA.
NFCC Honors Outstanding Students at Honors Convocation
NFCC awarded at total of 33 Outstanding Student Awards at its 2017 Honors Convocation on April 17. Students from various academic areas and student organizations received recognition for outstanding achievement and character during the 2016-2017 academic year. Claire Jolicoeur of Live Oak received NFCC’s prestigious Student of the Year award.
Suwannee High Schools wins First Place in NFCC High School Art Festival
North Florida Community College’s 2017 High School Art Festival brought talented high school students to the NFCC campus for a day of art and competition. Suwannee High School took first-place overall in the competition with Branford High School winning second-place overall. Over 200 individual awards were given in the various categories honoring 1st, 2nd 3rd and honorable mentions. Twelve Merit Award winners were also selected from all entries. Each received a trophy and small cash award.
Jessica Carter, Claire Jolicoeur Named to All-Florida Academic Team
NFCC students Jessica Carter of Jasper and Claire Jolicoeur of Live Oak have been named to the 2017 All-Florida Academic Team for outstanding academic achievement, leadership and service to the community. Carter and Jolicoeur were recognized by the Florida College System and Phi Theta Kappa at an awards ceremony, hosted by the Florida College System and the Phi Theta Kappa Florida Region, on April 7 in Tallahassee. They were among 127 Florida College System students from across the state honored. “The College is so proud of their accomplishments,” said Kay Hogan, Director of Enrollment Services. “Their hard work has paid off.”
NFCC Student Reinaldo Perez selected as NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar
North Florida Community College is proud to announce that NFCC student Reinaldo Perez has been named as a NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar.
The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar program gives community college STEM students an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to finish a two-year degree or transfer to a four-year university to pursue a NASA related field or career.
The application process is highly competitive, with only 300 students from community colleges nationwide being accepted. Of those students only 120 are invited to move on to the next phase, a behind-the-scenes tour of a NASA site as well as a three-day hands on engineering experience.
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars are expected to participate in five weeks of intensive web-based interactive sessions that consist of webinars with NASA engineers and scientists, online interaction with participants across the country and an extensive final project that challenges each participant to plan a simulated mission to Mars.
This is all done in addition to regular coursework and in Reinaldo Perez’s case, working a fulltime job.
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PHOTO: NFCC Student and Hamilton County Resident Reinaldo Perez will represent NFCC as a NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar.
NFCC Receives State Board of Education Approval for New Bachelor’s Degree
North Florida Community College is a step closer to becoming a baccalaureate granting institution. Today the State Board of Education unanimously approved NFCC’s plans to begin a new bachelor’s degree in nursing, the College’s first baccalaureate level program.
“We are delighted about the Board of Education’s decision,” said NFCC President John Grosskopf. “It is a great accomplishment for the NFCC family and we look forward to taking the next steps that will allow us to offer this program, and its related benefits, to our students and community.”
The program, expected to begin in August 2017, will be open to 30 students who have already completed an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and hold a current RN license. The ADN-RN to BSN program will add another level to the seamless academic progression already offered by the NFCC Allied Health Department. Students can build their education or enter at various professional levels ranging from a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to RN. With a BSN degree, NFCC graduates will be better prepared to take on positions of leadership and supervision. The higher level degree will also open doors to other career and educational pathways within the healthcare community and in NFCC’s service district. The College and its area healthcare partners see it as a great stride forward on many levels.
“The partnership between NFCC’s nursing programs and community healthcare facilities is strong and has been very beneficial to area health care consumers and providers,” said Tammy Stevens, CEO of Madison County Memorial Hospital, who spoke in support of NFCC’s BSN program at the State Board of Education meeting in Tallahassee. “We need the baccalaureate prepared nurses; NFCC’s new BSN program will enhance the ability to address and expand training opportunities for our community residents while improving healthcare access. An NFCC ADN-RN to BSN program will provide district workers with a means of transitioning to administrative and leadership roles where the increase in responsibilities is accompanied by higher salaries.”
PHOTO (l-r): NFCC President John Grosskopf, NFCC Dean of Academic Affairs Frances Adleburg, State Board of Education Committee Member Gary Chartrand, Madison County Memorial Hospital CEO Tammy Stevens, NFCC Director of Nursing and Allied Health Julie Townsend and Florida College System Chancellor Madeline Pumariega at the September 23, 2016 State Board of Education meeting in Tallahassee.
National Science Foundation Awards NFCC $187,267 Grant to Build Manufacturing Certification Dual Enrollment Program for Community
NFCC has received a three-year, $187,267 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an advanced manufacturing dual enrollment program in Madison County. The project will open new career pathways for local high schools and is designed to lead students successfully from high school to NFCC, and then to either higher education or employment in the advanced manufacturing sector.