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June 2020

Commencement 2020 Update

We have partnered with WJXT-Channel 4 to highlight our registered graduates in an hour-long special segment that will be aired on June 13, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. The segment will include messages from administrators, faculty, staff and students honoring the graduates' accomplishments. Graduate names will also be listed in a slideshow presentation to recognize their hard work.


As a reminder, the Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be posted online at on July 2 at 4 p.m. The Adult Education Graduation will be posted online at on July 9 at 6 p.m.

Graduates have been receiving their commemorative commencement boxes via mail to help celebrate the big day! Additionally, Dr. Avendano and Student Services staff members recently held a pick-up event where they distributed cords to students graduating with honors for their service as veterans and through various clubs and organizations. 


FSCJ Receives NSF Grant for Automotive Programs

FSCJ was recently awarded a $574,639 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Technician project. The three-year project will allow FSCJ to add advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and diagnosis instruction to the College’s Automotive Service Management Technology Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Additionally, the College will develop an embedded ADAS Technician Technical Certificate (T.C.) In response to the shift in recent transportation technology for the development of autonomous vehicles and intelligent cars, the project will help to produce workforce-ready ADAS technicians for the auto industry.

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Return to Campus Plan

The Return to Campus Plan will serve as a guide as we prepare for our return to onsite operations this summer.


As Dr. Avendano mentioned in his email, the planning process will remain fluid until we are able to move past the pandemic. As changes are made to the plan, decisions will be made in a timely manner to leave as much preparation time as possible.

View the Plan

Fact Book and Student Success Report Now Available

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness recently published the 2018-19 Fact Book and the 2020 Student Success Report.


The Fact Book is updated annually and provides convenient and accessible sources for common information about FSCJ. Information for this publication is retrieved from state and federal sources like the Florida Department of Education, Florida College System and the U.S. Department of Education.


The FSCJ Student Success Report was developed as part of FSCJ’s continued Achieving the Dream efforts. The reports are produced by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Institutional Research and the Student Success Data Team.

View Reports

Virtual Admissions Events

In an environment where engagement with future students and the community continues to shift online, the Office of Recruitment and Admissions has answered the call by creating Virtual Admissions events. These events center around three main sessions: College and Career Exploration, Why FSCJ?, and Let’s Talk About Money.

Each live session has the opportunity for Q&A and provides invaluable information for students who are considering FSCJ for college and their families. Additionally, FSCJ programs have had the opportunity to spotlight their academic offerings to future students.


To learn more about each session and upcoming dates and times, visit If you would like more information about hosting an event for your program, please reach out to Jackie Kloin, associate director of recruitment, at

myLearning Professional Development Learning System

All professional development is now being offered through myLearning. When you access the system, you will see the My Learning tab, which contains a list of the courses you have already completed. On the Learning Library tab, you will see the online self-paced courses and live sessions that are currently available. The Training Calendar tab gives you another view of the live sessions.


We will continue to send out weekly emails to inform you of upcoming live trainings and to spotlight online self-paced courses. Explore myLearning often, as courses will be updated regularly.

Check the myLearning webpage for video and pdf tutorials with instructions on how to use the system and to see the complete list of professional development courses that are available.


Program Partner Spotlight: Homer Treat

Homer Treat is a contractor for a worldwide IT and networking solutions company. Over the past 24 years, he has placed more than 100 students from FSCJ's Network Systems Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) program into jobs at major financial institutions throughout Jacksonville.


Professor Cheryl Schmidt works closely with Mr. Treat to recommend students who are about to graduate from the program. Several of the students that Mr. Treat has placed have even gone on to become vice presidents and hold other upper-level leadership positions.

He believes that graduates from FSCJ's Network Systems Technology program are successful in the jobs that he places them into because of their passion for the field, willingness to be challenged and their positive attitude.


When asked what makes graduates from FSCJ stand out, he said, "This is more than just a college program. FSCJ goes the extra mile to give students the foundation they need to help them be successful in their field. This is readily apparent in the FSCJ students that I have placed for employment."


Get to Know Your A&P Colleagues: Elizabeth Chan

June's Administrative & Professional Collaborative (APC) spotlight shines on Elizabeth Chan. She's been with the College for five years and was recently named Department Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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Board Highlights

Review the highlights of the June 9, 2020, meeting of the FSCJ District Board of Trustees:


  • The District Board of Trustees approved the College's Comprehensive Safety Review for 2019-20.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved a new Board Rule under Section 1 - General Provisions, Definitions and Governance, 6Hx7-1.3 - District Board of Trustees Self-Evaluation.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the 2020-21 Salary Index as part of the Pay Plan.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved continuing contract status for the following full-time faculty members, effective with the 2020-21 faculty contract year:
    • Wendy Arp, Professor of Mathematics/Adult Education
    • Pearl Wharton-Gill, Professor of Science/Adult Education
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the College's 2020-21 Operating Budget.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Capital Outlay Budget.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the College negotiating a proposed Ground Lease Agreement with San Jose Tech Charter High School for the construction and operation of a charter school on the Cecil Center campus as well as a Joint Education Agreement.


 You can find more information on the Board of Trustees meeting on our website.


Jordan Briones Named FCSAA/Region VIII Male Scholar Athlete of the Year

FSCJ BlueWave Baseball Player Jordan Briones was selected as the 2019-20 Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA)/Region VIII Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. The award is presented annually to one male student athlete who combines academic success with citizenship and athletic success.


He made the list of finalists after receiving the Bill Tuten Scholar Athlete Award and was also recently named the Mid-Florida Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.


Comings and Goings


Who's New

This list includes those individuals who are filling the newly appointed Faculty full-time positions, full-time A&P positions and full-time Career Employee positions.


Faculty Full-Time

  • Kimberly Fahlgren - Professor of Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Bryce Wakefield - Professor of Mathematics


A&P Full-Time

  • Elizabeth Chan - Department Chair
  • Elizabeth McClain - Director of Project Budgeting and Accounting
  • James Rivers - Development Officer
  • Julie-Anne Sutton - Department Chair
  • Danielle Sylvester - Development Officer


Career Full-Time

  • Nala Anderson - Case Manager/Career Specialist
  • James Howard - Microcomputer Specialist
  • Roger Lemarque - Microcomputer Specialist
  • Michael Litchfield - Student Support Coordinator
  • Wendall McGahee - Case Manager/Career Specialist
  • Doralynn Owens - Academic and Career Advisor
  • Kara Pineiro-Gerbase - Administrative Specialist - Student Success
  • Sandra Shines - Integrated Systems Specialist
  • Jan Totty - Instructional Support Specialist
  • Patricia Vaughns - Assessment Coordinator
  • Shakatie Washington - Plant Service Worker
  • Shawniece Watson - Financial Aid Advisor I


Who's Retiring

  • Belinda Potts
  • Janice Weaver

In the News


FSCJ's faculty, staff, students, programs and leadership are often highlighted by local and regional media outlets - online, on air and in print. Read all of the recent articles regarding important activities happening within the College by clicking here.


Virtual classes as part of the norm

Published on Learn more.


Storm Preparation Amid Coronavirus

Published on Learn more.


FSCJ Baseball’s Briones Named FCSAA/Region Male Scholar Athlete of the Year

Published on Learn more.


Upcoming Events


FSCJ In Action

The Center for Civic Engagement organized a Support Local Nurses initiative in honor of National Nurses Week. With support from the FSCJ Foundation, they donated 30 meals on May 12 and on May 26 to UF Health Jacksonville's nurses. They were grateful for the meals and shared their appreciation on their Facebook page with the hashtag #HumpDayHeroes.


Did You Know?

Did you know the Florida Department of Health has launched a new mobile app, StrongerThanC19? This free app complements the community action survey website. The Department of Health will use the information collected from the website and the app to help further inform and improve the state’s response to COVID-19.


BlueWave News Quiz


Test your knowledge. To ensure all faculty and staff have an opportunity to submit answers, the quiz winners will be selected at random from entries with all questions answered correctly. You have until 6 p.m. on the day the newsletter is distributed to email your answers to The three winners will receive a BlueWave promo pack when the College resumes onsite work! Please note: Previous quiz promo prize pack winners, while eligible to submit answers, are not eligible for additional prizes for six months.


1) The 2019-20 FCSAA/Region VIII Male Scholar Athlete of the Year plays for which FSCJ BlueWave team?

    a. Softball

    b. Cross Country

    c. Baseball

    d. Volleyball


2) Who launched the StrongerThanC19 app?

    a. FSCJ

    b. Florida Department of Health

    c. Florida Department of Education

    d. City of Jacksonville


3) What is the name of the new Professional Development Learning System FSCJ is using?

    a. myFSCJ

    b. Canvas

    c. myGradPlan

    d. myLearning


4) When will the special graduation segment run on WJXT-Channel 4?

    a. June 13

    b. July 2

    c. July 9

    d. July 13


5) How many students from FSCJ's Network Systems Technology Associate in Science program has Homer Treat helped place into jobs?

    a. 24

    b. More than 100

    c. More than 25

    d. 50


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