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Florida State College at Jacksonville First Day Editon of The Daily Record

Florida State College at Jacksonville First Day Editon of The Daily Record

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This special edition of the Daily Record highlights the history, accomplishments and opportunities from Florida State College at Jacksonville.
This special edition of the Daily Record highlights the history, accomplishments and opportunities from Florida State College at Jacksonville.

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31, 2009
 James F. Bailey Jr.
From the publisher of the Daily Record
In my 35 years as Publisher of the Daily Record, I see theopportunities we have, and the challenges this city faces.One thing that has always been consistent is the quality andvalue of the contributions made by Florida Community Collegeat Jacksonville to the growth and economic stability of our com-munity.Over the years, I have watched as Florida Community Col-lege at Jacksonville has evolved to become Florida State Collegeat Jacksonville, to fulfill a special mission as a premiere learninginstitution and become Jacksonville’s icon for producing gradu-ates who are trained and prepared for work.Professionals who recruit new companies and good jobs toNortheast Florida will tell you that education is the foundationfor success. That’s why our community’s partnership withFlorida State College at Jacksonville is so important. The newstate college provides training options and trained workers whocan fill the newly created jobs.Looking to the future, nothing will be more important to Jack-sonville than the continuing strength of Florida State College at Jacksonville and its contributions to our economic growth.
 — Jim Bailey
 A Salute
How many times can a collegemake history in one year withoutstepping onto a field or into an arena?Try three.In March, the leadership of FloridaCommunity College at Jacksonvilleunveiled the 43-year-old school’snew name. With an enthusiastic andunanimous vote of its District Boardof Trustees in front of a packed con-ference room at the College’s CecilCenter, Florida State College at Jack-sonville was born.Four months later, and afterapproval from the State Legislatureand Governor Charlie Crist, theschool officially became Florida StateCollege at Jacksonville. The phoneswere answered differently, programswere expanded, but the core values ofthe College remain the same.* An exceptional learning experi-ence that doesn’t require piles of stu-dent debt* Open and flexible access toopportunities for higher educationrelevant to regional employer needs* Comprehensive educational pro-gramming for the community“The new state college will have amuch broader vision,” said FloridaState College at Jacksonville Presi-dent Steven Wallace, who spearhead-ed the campaign several years ago ashe began adding four-year programsof study.“It will have capabilities that willallow our citizens to continue theireducation beyond the associatedegree; something that’s absolutelyessential as employers increaseemployment requirements in aknowledge economy.”On Aug. 31, students begin their journey through Florida State Collegeat Jacksonville. You can see by thepicture that they’re excited aboutwhat’s to come.
Community Welcomesour New State College
Aug. 22, 1966:
First day ofclasses at Florida JuniorCollege at Jacksonville.Enrollment is 2,610.
FJC becomes FloridaCommunity College at Jacksonville.
 Jan. 26, 2005:
Florida Community College at Jacksonvilleasks the state of Florida for permission to startoffering its first bachelor’s degree in Fire ScienceManagement. The request became the precursor of apotential name change.
Feb. 21, 2006:
Florida State Board of Education approvesFire Science bachelor's degree.
Dec. 12, 2006:
FCCJ is approved by Southern Associationof Colleges and Schools to offer first bachelor's degree;SACS approved last hurdle in quest for Bachelor ofApplied Science in Fire Science Management.
Feb. 19, 2008:
FCCJ is now authorized by Florida StateBoard of Education to offer bachelor degrees inBusiness, Computer Networking and Nursing.
 June 27, 2008:
SACS approved three new bachelor’sdegree programs in Business Management andSupervision, Computer Networking and Nursing.
Fall 2008:
Classes offered in Business Management andSupervision, Computer Networking and Nursing bachelor’s degree programs.
 Jan. 23, 2009:
State Board of Education approves threenew bachelor degrees for FCCJ; Degrees in EarlyChildhood Education, Public Safety Management andIT Management bring FCCJ bachelor’s degree total toseven (pending SACS approval).
May 9, 2009:
First bachelor degrees awarded — sixgraduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science in FireScience Management.
 June 25, 2009:
Governor Crist signs into law the FloridaCollege System bill. With his approval of this historicmeasure, the College will legally become Florida StateCollege at Jacksonville on July 1.
 July 1, 2009:
Florida State College at Jacksonville isofficially a legal entity.
Aug. 1, 2009:
The former Florida Community College at Jacksonville begins full operations as Florida StateCollege at Jacksonville.
Aug. 31, 2009:
First academic year begins as Florida StateCollege at Jacksonville.
The Journey to 
Page 2• Monday, August 31, 2009• Florida State College at Jacksonville
 How does this transitionmake you feel as college president?
There’s a tremendous amountof pride in the fact that this institu-tion is among the first communitycolleges in America to evolve fullyinto baccalaureate education. Ithink most community collegesand community college systems inthe United States will follow thissame evolution as we go furtherinto the knowledge age. We areexcited because we are way aheadof the future.
When classes start Aug. 31,what does the name change mean for currently enrolled students?
Our name has changed, but ourfocus on learning and the qualityof instruction remains the same.Our focus on preparing studentsfor success in this community isunchanged. Our focus on afford-ability remains the same. Ourfocus on accessible education,leveraging educational technolo-gy to meet increasing studentdemand on our campuses — thatremains the same. Even thoughwe are not a community college,we are still community focused.For students, graduating from astate college is going to carry ahigher level of prestige and willlead to more opportunity. We’reaccredited now as a four-yearinstitution, and that says a greatdeal about the quality of what ishappening here.
What would you tell highschool students entering their senior year and thinking about where to go to school?
That they are among the mostfortunate high school graduates inAmerica because they have accessto a phenomenal opportunity.Almost every job in the knowl-edge economy requires educationor training beyond high school, sothey should take advantage of theopportunity we are offering.Everyone with a high schooldiploma can start here and earn acollege degree. If their academicskills need help, we have anexceptional program for that. Ifthey need to connect to morehands-on, skill-based training, wehave many outstanding programsthat will be of interest. We willcontinue to offer an extraordinaryvalue proposition to individualsentering higher education — the best quality of programs andinstruction at the lowest possibletuition cost. As a state college, thearray of programs will get largerand larger over time.
What about more non-traditional, working adult students?
I’d say to them, 'We’re what youhave been waiting for.' You nolonger have to settle for an expen-sive, questionable education expe-rience from a school that has noconnection to our region or to thespecific employment demands ofour region. Now, you can have theflexibility of our scheduling andthe flexibility of our multiple loca-tions and online instruction, andhave affordability, a strong com-munity connection, and credibilityin your degree. The state college baccalaureate degrees fill this verylarge need in our community, asmore and more working adultscome to the conclusion that theyneed higher credentials for a high-er quality of life.
 How do you deal with thestudents who are twosemesters from earning their associate degrees and aren’t quite sure what they should bedoing, or where they should bein school a year from now? How do you convince them tostay?
We don’t try to convince them.The important thing is the studentmakes an informed choice andunderstands all of the differentopportunities that are available inpublic higher education and pri-vate higher education. In the past,that didn’t involve our institution.Now, for the students who areinterested in one of our bachelordegrees, it can. The importantthing is they continue their educa-tion and that they are well-served.If they go on to UNF, that is a greatoutcome. If one of our programssuits their needs, we are thrilled.
 Is the College still a feeder  program for the state’suniversities?
Absolutely. Because we haveonly four bachelor degrees andthree awaiting final approval, themajority of our associate degreegraduates will continue to matric-ulate to one of the state universi-ties. Most of them go to UNF andthey are very well served. Most ofour students are working adults.They have families and jobs here,so it works best for them to contin-ue at UNF.
Do you envision a timewhen Florida State College at  Jacksonville will offer enoughbachelor degrees that studentswon’t need to transfer?
Our degrees will always be dif-ferentiated from UNF’s. The stu-dents who will remain with us,even as we expand, will be stu-dents who are interested in themore practitioner-orienteddegrees, more immediate careerentry. Those students more inter-ested in theoretical preparation,particularly for advanced degrees,will continue to go to the state uni-versities.
What’s your next big goal for the College?
For right now, we are complete-ly focused on the new organiza-tional model and ensuring that itis optimally successful. That willkeep us busy for a great number ofyears. We strongly believe, theway we have evolved, this institu-tion makes the most sense in aknowledge economy where ourcitizens require increasingly high-er levels of education. The greatthing from our perspective is thatthis is all additive. Our communi-ty has not lost a single thing. Theyhave gained access to high quality baccalaureate programs thatpreviously didn’t exist. In aknowledge economy, that’s a verypositive thing.
Interview With President Steve Wallace
Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees
Computer Systems Networkingand Telecommunications
Provides students with the requisite knowl-edge and skills essential for management ofchallenging network engineering roles. Includesinstruction in operating systems and applica-tions; systems design and analysis; networkingtheory and solutions; types of networks; net-work management and control; network andflow optimization; security; configuring; andtroubleshooting.
Fire Science Management
Educating, training and developing success-ful leaders to manage the ever-increasing com-plexities of a fire department. Learn advancedfire science technical skills, administrative andmanagement skills, and critical skills in commu-nication, quantitative analysis, and organiza-tional/systems understanding.
Information TechnologyManagement (New!)
Providing students the opportunity to attain adegree that will enhance their placement to man-agement and supervisory positions within theinformation technology field. Apractical hands-on application approach. This degree program ispending final approval by the Southern Associa-tion of Colleges and Schools.
Public Safety Management (New!)
Enabling students to pursue and obtain place-ment in higher-level management and superviso-ry positions within the public safety community.This degree program is pending final approval by the Southern Association of Colleges andSchools.
Supervision and Management
Providing students with a practical hands-onapplication approach to understanding super-vision and management with the result ofenhancing graduates’ placement in higher-levelmanagement and supervisory positions in the business community.Bachelor of Science Degrees
Creating competent, ethical and confidenthealth care practitioners committed to profes-sional development through lifelong learning.The program emphasizes critical-care nursing.
Early Childhood Education (New!)
Creating the highest quality, early childhoodeducators. The program emphasizes develop-mentally appropriate approaches to preparingchildren for school and continued developmentof literacy, creative and cognitive skills in theearly primary years. This degree program ispending final approval by the Southern Associa-tion of Colleges and Schools.
Four Year Degrees Offered
“FCCJ as we knew it has been important to our workforce and raisingeducational standards in our city. Now, with its expanded role and newname, we have even greater expectations for what the College will do tomake Jacksonville better. We look forward to your continued success.”
 — Mayor John Peyton, Jacksonville
 Florida State College at  Jacksonville can train  you to become an air traffic controller 
“It was a no-brainer,” saysFrances Roberts, about the deci-sion to enroll in the Air TrafficControl program at Florida StateCollege at Jacksonville. “My dadwas in the Navy, in Air TrafficControl, so I’ve been around it mywhole life.”Roberts graduates from the pro-gram in December 2009, and wasamong the first students to enrollwhen the program took off in Fall2008. Because of a special govern-ment-funded grant, her tuition ispaid in full — a fact she didn’teven know until after she hadenrolled and paid her tuition.People are surprised when theyfind out this is what Robertswants to do for a career, becauseas she says “I’m very social andoutgoing,” and a woman. Air traf-fic control can be very stressfuland challenging, and not a lot ofwomen enter the field — yet. Butshe sees it as exciting and chal-lenging — and likes that shecould be making up to $100,000 ayear in the near future. It alsohelps, too, that she knows otherair traffic controllers and everyone she knows loves it.She also loves the program andthe facilities.“The simulators are just likeyou are in the tower and talkingto the pilot. The instructors haveexperience and know what theyare talking about,” she said.“They give us real-life experiencesfrom their day at work.”These real-life experiences may be a help when she goes to takethe AT-SAT, a step in the processof becoming employed by theFAAas an air traffic controller.What would she say to anotherwoman — or anyone else — con-sidering pursuit of a career as anair traffic controller? “If you wantto, do it.”Entry-level air traffic con-trollers earn about $40,000 to$50,000 annually, with theprospect of earning close to$100,000 in eight years. Locally airtraffic controllers are employed atthe Air Route Traffic Control Cen-ter in Hilliard and at JacksonvilleTraffic Control Center at Jack-sonville International Airport.
 Want to Earn$100,000 a Year?
Monday, August 31, 2009• Florida State College at JacksonvillePage 3
Nearly a year after receivingthe first Bachelor of Applied Sci-ence in Fire Science Managementdegree from Florida State Collegeat Jacksonville, Captain TrevorNelson with the Jacksonville Fireand Rescue Department still hashis head in the books. He’s study-ing for a test that could help gethim promoted to a District Chiefposition.“There are 40 people compet-ing for two to five positions,depending on cuts to the budget,” said Nelson.Nelsonwouldn’t have been eligible tocompete for oneof those posi-tions withouthis BAS degree because of JFRD’s increasededucation requirementsfor promotion. However, hesays Florida State College at Jacksonville’s program giveshim the edge over other candi-dates.“Everything offered withinthe program was related to mycareer as a firefighter,” saidNelson.Nelson also chose the Fire Sci-ence program because FloridaState College at Jacksonvilleworked with his busy and oftenunpredictable schedule, not theother way around.The flexible schedule made itconducive to learning, especiallywhile at the fire station. I wasable to complete most of thecourse work at the station because of the online and hybridclasses,” said Nelson.Nelson appreciated the flexibil-ity and accessibility Florida StateCollege at Jacksonville offered because he earned his Associatein Science degrees in Fire ScienceTechnology and Emergency Med-ical Technology from the College.Nelson is one of six studentswho completed their Fire ScienceManagement degrees. All butone are working for either JFRDor St. Johns County Fire andRescue.For more information, log onto
.You just got home. Your kids need dinner and help withhomework. The bills haven’t been paid and the dog hasn’t been bathed in … a long time. Your life is hectic, but you need to go back to school if you want that promotion. But how do you findthe time?Florida State College at Jacksonville offers online courses thatare available through the Internet — when you have the time totake them — and from home! No travel necessary.Online credit courses are offered through a system called"Blackboard," which tracks students' interactions and work inthe class. Students generally can participate whenever theywant, wherever they have Internet access. Online courses typi-cally require as much or more time-on-task compared to tradi-tional college courses. Because of the highly interactive nature ofonline classes, learning outcomes for quality online coursesexceed those for traditional lecture based courses. Many FloridaState College at Jacksonville faculty teaching in traditional face-to-face courses now integrate online components in "hybrid"classes, giving students a learning experience that draws fromthe best of both delivery methods.The online orientation provides helpful links, contact infor-mation and video demonstrations of actual courses. If you feelyou need additional guidance, please contact the Learner Sup-port Center to speak with an advisor.
Florida State College at Jacksonville’s online course enrollmentincrease over the last five academic years.
Online Courses OfferFlexibility and Support 
Q: You have a bachelor’sdegree in Business Management and you’re anetworking technicalmanager for AT&T, so whyare you returning to school?
“Florida State College at Jack-sonville was offering a bache-lor’s program that was just toogood of an opportunity to passup. The equipment they offerhere is incredible! It’s newertechnology, the professors aregreat and it went right alongwith what I was trying toaccomplish — get a promotion.”
Q: How is your experienceat Florida State College at  Jacksonville different fromyour experiences at other schools you’ve attended?
“I do see similarities at theuniversity level. However,Florida State College at Jacksonville has much morehands-on learning. They utilizenewer equipment and we areable to play with it. Theprofessors encourage us toexperiment with the equipmentso we get the most out of theclass.”
Q: What advice do youhave for people considering  going back to college?
“You have to know what isimportant and what goals youwould like to achieve. If you’relooking for a Ph.D. in specificfields, then you may need toattend a university that offersthose programs. If you’re look-ing to become employed withhands-on training and realworld experience, then look nofurther than Florida State Col-lege at Jacksonville.”If you want to learn moreabout this program, contactFlorida State College at Jack-sonville’s New Student Wel-come Center, (904) 646-2300.
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Online Course Enrollments
Online Course Enrollments
First Degree Leads to CareerOpportunity for Graduate
Ric French is a veteran profes-sor at Florida State College. Heteaches computer science, pro-gramming and digital media. So,you would think he knows justabout everything one can knowabout computer programs, but asa lifelong PC man, that’s not thecase.“I didn’t understand howApple worked. I wanted to be ableto relate to my students, many ofwhom use Apple. Without thistraining, I couldn’t address theproblems they were having withtheir machines,” said French. “Toserve your students, you have toknow more than they do. [Withthis knowledge] I can help them.”That is why French is taking theiWork 101 certification course atFlorida State College’s new AppleAuthorized Training Center atDeerwood Center.“Most of my students useiWork and I’m learning that. It’sso easy. One of my studentsexplained it: ‘It’s an Apple. It justworks.’ Apple makes the hard-ware and the software, whichmeans I’ve got to be certified,”said French.You don’t have to be a FloridaState College at Jacksonville pro-fessor or computer savvy toenroll. It’s open to novice usersand seasoned professionals.Courses are delivered in anApple-dedicated and Apple-approved, state-of-the-art educa-tional environment. The Apple labis equipped with workstations toaccommodate up to 18 students.Hands-on instruction is provided by Apple Certified Trainers whomaintain Apple’s highest qualitystandards. Compact course offer-ings are designed to meet thescheduling demands of profes-sionals. Additionally, the Deer-wood Center can offer customizedtraining to meet employers’scheduling and personnel needs,without the added expense of out-of-region travel.For registration or more infor-mation on available courses, call(904) 997-2636 or e-mailAppleTraining@fscj.edu.
State College Established as an Apple Authorized Training Center
Back to School Student Spotlight 
Bea Connette
B.A.S. Networking and Telecommunications
The Deerwood Center now offers classes convenient to local employers, technicians, educators and creativearts professionals.
“Congratulations to the students, faculty, staff and administration of thenew Florida State College at Jacksonville. The new baccalaureate degreeprograms at your institution will enhance the Jacksonville communityand the state of Florida through quality higher education. I am gratefulour students will have greater access to programs that strengthen Flori-da’s workforce for the high-tech, high-wage jobs that are so important toour state’s economy.”
 — Governor Charlie Crist

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