The Florida College System Newsletter


January 2014

Volume 3, Issue 1 

Florida College System Launches Free Mobile App

College information is now easily available to students and their families thanks to the new Florida College System (FCS) app. The free FCS app is available to Android users through the Google Play Store and to Apple users through the Apple App Store. Though content and features will continue to be added based on user feedback, the app’s features currently include:

  • Interactive Google maps of all main campuses, branch campuses and instructional sites
  • Links to all 28 colleges
  • Press releases, event information and news updates
  • Connections to the system’s social media tools
  • College academic calendars
  • Fast facts and links to key publications

“We want students, their families and members of our communities to have quick and easy access to important information about the 28 colleges in our system,” said FCS Chancellor Randy Hanna. “The mobile app is a great resource for anyone seeking information about our colleges, locations, program offerings and outcomes.”


Chancellor’s Students of the Month

David WilsonHillsborough Community College (HCC) student David Wilson displays impressive leadership qualities. He serves as the president of the HCC Brandon Student Government Association and was appointed to be the legislative liaison for the Florida College System Student Government Association. David actively participates in HCC monthly board meetings and volunteers in the office of State Representative Ross Spano. HCC Student Activities Coordinator Dr. Earl E. Paul said David “embodies the leadership and character traits that all of us in higher education are pleased to find in student leaders.”

Asriel GonzalezAsriel Gonzalez is seeking a nursing degree at South Florida State College (SFSC), where he serves as president of the Student Nurses’ Association. Always looking for new ways to have a positive impact, Asriel’s leadership within the organization has brought about an increase in membership and the adoption of a strong community service focus. Planning and implementing health screenings on campus and hosting 1,300 students at a convention are just a couple examples of Asriel’s leadership abilities. Nursing Program Director Dr. Michele Heston said Asriel “demonstrates the type of competence and compassion that forms a firm foundation for our discipline.”

Shannon O’Connor Indian River State College (IRSC) student Shannon O’Connor has accomplished something not many 17-year-old students have. Working with team members from around the United States, she served as creative director for a video titled, “Happiness is Always an Option,” which received a Mid-Atlantic States Emmy Award for human interest. Shannon has also served as a marketing intern, a photographer for a newspaper, a social media specialist and a volunteer for the VanDuzer Foundation. Currently pursuing her Associate in Arts degree at IRSC, her career plans include combining humanitarian work with film making.

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

In the News



Governor Rick Scott’s “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” provides support for the Florida College System  

Governor highlights Florida State College at Jacksonville’s new $10,000 degree in trade and logistics

Local resident starts a scholarship for books at Santa Fe College

Polk State College program helps students finish high school degrees and begin college

$1,500 grant is awarded to the Gulf Coast State College Enactus team

Partnership between LumaStream and St. Petersburg College to prepare students for manufacturing jobs

Seminole State College of Florida interior design student Michelle Melendez placed 2nd nationally in green-design contest

Polk State College’s Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center opens as one of three such facilities in Florida

FDOE recognizes State College of Florida Collegiate School as a high-performing charter school

New Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus opens

Chipola College launches state-of-the-art welding program

Valencia College building earns energy-efficiency certification

Daytona State College’s online bachelor program ranks among top 10 in U.S.

While overseas, Navy Corpsman continues her education online with Indian River State College

Partnership with city will allow Santa Fe College to expand service to technology start-ups

Seminole State College of Florida partners with public school system to help students earn their AA degree while in high school

Pasco-Hernando Community College is now Pasco-Hernando State College!


Fifteen Florida Colleges Eligible to Compete for Prestigious Aspen Prize

Fifteen Florida College System institutions are among the community colleges chosen to compete for the prestigious Aspen prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Institute reviews publicly available data to determine which colleges demonstrate the most exceptional levels of student success. The 15 Florida colleges eligible for the 2015 prize are:

  • Broward College 
  • Chipola College 
  • Eastern Florida State College 
  • Edison State College 
  • Indian River State College 
  • Lake-Sumter State College 
  • Miami Dade College 
  • Northwest Florida State College 
  • Palm Beach State College 
  • Pasco-Hernando State College 
  • Santa Fe College 
  • South Florida State College 
  • State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota 
  • Tallahassee Community College 
  • Valencia College 

“I am proud so many of our colleges are eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize,” said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. “The Aspen Prize spotlights the excellent work being done by our colleges to ensure every student receives a high-quality education.”


Miami Dade College and Tallahassee Community College Finalists for Excellence Award

This week, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) announced its short list for the second annual Awards of Excellence. Miami Dade College and Tallahassee Community College joined 22 other colleges from across the nation as finalists.


Miami Dade College was recognized in the student success category and Tallahassee Community College in the emerging leadership category. AACC will announce the winners in each category in April.

Chancellor Randy Hanna said, "Colleges in the Florida College System continually seek out programs and strategies to improve student success and college performance. I congratulate Miami Dade College and Tallahassee Community College on this recognition and commend them for their outstanding work."




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