NFCC Ranked #1 Most Affordable Community College
AffordableColleges.com has named NFCC the #1 Most Affordable Community College in the U.S. based on a holistic account of the quality and value of the College. Factors determining the ranking focused on quality, affordability and student success. The #1 ranking and high "value score" NFCC received by AffordableColleges.com looks at factors such as loan default rates, graduation rates, and financial aid data, to draw a distinction between the programs that appear cheap up-front and those that will pay off in the long run.
NFCC Named Among Best Online Schools in Florida
OnlineColleges.com released a list of Florida top online schools, with universities, technical institutes and private schools alike included in the count. More than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities across the U.S. were ranked on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs.
NFCC ranked #3 on the list of the most affordable two-year online colleges in Florida and #30 among Florida's best online colleges and universities. www.onlinecolleges.com/florida.html; www.onlinecolleges.com/top-colleges-tool/florida.html
NFCC Receives State Board of Education Approval for New Bachelor’s Degree
NFCC is a step closer to becoming a baccalaureate granting institution. 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, on Sept. 23, 2016.
“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. SEE FULL ARTICLE ⇒
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.
The Chronicle of Higher Education names NFCC among 2016 Great Colleges to Work For!
NFCC is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. NFCC landed a spot on the Great Colleges to Work For 2016 Honor Roll for achieving high marks in nine categories that reflect best practices and policies of great colleges. The College was specifically recognized for achievement in the following categories: Collaborative Governance; Confidence in Senior Leadership;Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Professional/Career Development Programs; Respect and Appreciation; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship;Teaching Environment (Faculty Only); and Work/Life Balance
“North Florida Community College employees care about the work they do, the people they work with and the integrity of the institution as a whole,” said NFCC President John Grosskopf. “This recognition speaks volumes about our campus, employees and the extraordinary work environment that we enjoy here at NFCC. Visitors regularly comment on our welcoming environment and our friendly, helpful faculty and staff. We are proud to offer NFCC employees a variety of avenues to enrich their lives personally and professionally through access to the arts, health and wellness programs, an outstanding benefits package, and professional collaboration within the Florida College System and beyond.”
See The Chronicle's Great Colleges to Work For 2016 Honor Roll at http://chroniclegreatcolleges.com/dev/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016-Colleges-Recognized-by-Honor-Roll.pdf.
National Science Foundation Awards NFCC 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.
With collaboration across the high school, college and industry platforms, NFCC is dedicated to adequately preparing the next generation of qualified and skilled manufacturing and engineering technicians for jobs in advanced manufacturing. Ultimate success will see graduates securing employment and industry certification so they can support themselves and their families, and contribute to the growth and prosperity of the community. FIND OUT MORE
Shirley A. Washington Named 2016 Jenyethel Merritt Award for Civic Service Award Recipient
As North Florida Community College celebrates the 50th anniversary of its historic merger with Suwannee River Junior College this year, it is proud to announce Shirley A. Washington as the 2016 Jenyethel Merritt Award for Civic Service Award Recipient. Washington is an educator with more than 40 years of service in both Jefferson and Madison counties and her contributions and dedication to education are making a positive difference in Jefferson County and the NFCC district. NFCC honored seven outstanding award nominees June 25 during the Jenyethel Merritt Award for Civic Service Award and Celebration Ceremony at Van H. Priest Auditorium and following Award and Scholarship Banquet in the NFCC Student Center. Nominees recognized for their dedication, service and contributions to the NFCC community include Sarah Higginbotham, Dr. Rosalie "Rose" A. Hill, Keysha Horn, Deloris M. Jones, Elesta Pritchett, Flora Woodfaulk and award winner Shirley A. Washington. The award, which honors an African-American woman who has made significant contributions within NFCC’s six-county district, is named in honor of the late Jenyethel Merritt who served as president of SRJC and was the first female president to lead a public Florida community college.
VSU, NFCC Establish New Educational Partnership
Valdosta State University and North Florida Community College have a new educational partnership in place that better serves currently enrolled and future students at both institutions. Dr. Cecil P. Staton, interim president of VSU during the 2015-2016 academic year, and NFCC President John Grosskopf signed the new 2+2 Transfer Admission Guarantee in May 2016 solidifying their commitment to improve access to top-quality post-secondary educational opportunities for North Florida residents.
The NFCC Public Safety Academy received a Meritorious Award at the May Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) Meeting in recognition of attaining a “perfect audit” for the CJSTC Trust Fund for fiscal year 2014-2015. The Academy has received the Meritorious Award for the last five consecutive audits.
PHOTO: Florida Department of Law Enforcement Bureau Chief of Standards Glen Hopkins, left, presents NFCC Public Safety Academy Director Rick Davis with a Meritorious Award at the May 2016 CJSTC Meeting.
Edward Meggs Named “Friend to the College”
NFCC honors Edward Meggs, President of Madison County Community Bank, as the 2015-2016 Friend to the College. Meggs accepted the award on behalf of MCCB on April 12 at the NFCC Honors Convocation ceremony. NFCC President John Grosskopf applauds Meggs and MCCB for their generosity and support of NFCC, for giving back to the community and for actively working to make our community a better place.
NFCC Employees Denise Bell and David Dunkle Receive NFCC Above and Beyond Award
Each April NFCC honors its employees for their contributions and dedication to the College. Special recognition is given for professional achievement and years of service and two outstanding employees who go above the call of their regular jobs to assist students, to assist their colleagues or to benefit the College are bestowed with the celebrated NFCC Above and Beyond Award. The 2015-2016 Above and Beyond Award winners are Denise Bell, Student Services Coordinator and Equity Coordinator, and David Dunkle, Associate Dean of Economic Development and Technical Programs.
NFCC Instructor Keisha Martinez Named 2016 Student Support Services Instructor of the Year
Students in NFCC’s TRiO Student Support Services program selected Keisha Martinez as the 2016 Student Support Services Instructor of the Year for unselfishly giving her knowledge and time to students, enhancing student learning by giving critical feedback with a supportive attitude, and for having a positive personality and outlook.
NFCC Ranked 2015’s Best Community College by WalletHub – North Florida Community College received national recognition as “2015’s Best Community College” after landing the #1 spot on WalletHub’s recent ranking of 670 community colleges across the nation.
The comparison looked at 17 metrics ranging from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio and focused on four key areas - cost and financing, classroom experience, education outcomes, and career outcomes.
NFCC Alumna Marcia Mayer Awarded 2015 LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award – Marcia Mayer, an alumna of North Florida Community College, was honored with the 2015 LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) at the AFC 2015 Annual Meeting and Conference in Orlando on Nov. 12. Mayer was honored for dedicating her life to helping others. As a nurse, she has crossed borders and helped thousands of people around the world including malnourished and starving children, expecting mothers with HIV/AIDS, war zone victims and victims of hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, floods and other disasters. “Marcia is a true success story,” said NFCC President John Grosskopf. “She has made a profound difference in our world and touched many thousands of lives either directly or indirectly through her service and generosity.” In 2015, Marcia partnered with the NFCC Foundation to establish the Fico-Humes-Mayer Scholarship Fund, bequeathing her entire estate to the NFCC Foundation to benefit nursing programs and scholarships at the college and to honor her former instructors.
NFCC Awarded 1st Place in Social Media Marketing – North Florida Community College's Office of College Advancement received seven awards in the 2015 Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) Communications and Marketing Commission Awards of Excellence competition including 1st place in the Social Media category for its Fall Term 2015 campaign that highlighted some of the top reasons to choose NFCC and enroll during fall term. Presented at the AFC 2015 Annual Meeting and Conference in November, the awards honor outstanding achievement among Florida college marketing and public relations efforts.
NFCC Receives NCMPR District 2 Medallion Award – North Florida Community College's Office of College Advancement was awarded a 2015 National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) District 2 Medallion Award (Bronze Level) in the “Feature Article/General News Story/Op-Ed” category. Awards were announced at the district conference held Oct. 25-28, 2015 in Mississippi.
NFCC’s Accreditation Reaffirmed Through 2025
On June 11, 2015, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Board of Trustees officially announced that NFCC’s accreditation status is reaffirmed through 2025. The SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.
NFCC Wins First Place in NASA Engineering Challenges Competition – Members of North Florida Community College's Young Engineering Club took first place in the NASA Engineering Challenges Competition at Kennedy Space Center on June 12, 2015. The three-day engineering competition was sponsored by the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium. NFCC students built and programmed their own robot during spring term to prepare for the event and traveled with NFCC instructor and advisor Dr. Guenter Maresch to compete in the prestigious competition. “All of our students did a great job and represented the school very well,” said Dr. Michael Stine, Department Chair of Mathematics, Physical and Biological Sciences at NFCC. “Congratulations to the students and Dr. Maresch.”
NFCC Awarded Five-Year, $1,343,880 Grant to Help Students Succeed – NFCC is one of 968 institutions of higher education awarded a grant from the U.S. Education Department, in initial rounds of funding, aimed at helping students succeed in college. The NFCC Student Support Services Department received $268,776 for the 2015-2016 year and will receive a total of $1,343,880 over the next five years to carry out their mission of helping low-income college students, first-generation students and those with disabilities successfully navigate through college and earn a degree or certificate on the postsecondary level.
NFCC Public Safety Academy Selected as Florida Department of Corrections Training Site – The Public Safety Academy at North Florida Community College is one of five such training centers in Florida to be selected by the Florida Department of Corrections to provide a Correctional Basic Recruit class and training for DOC recruits.
NFCC Instructor Bill Eustace Among Florida's MSSC Authorized CPT and Green Production Instructors – Bill Eustace, North Florida Community College Automation and Production Technology Instructor, has given his program another bragging point and reason for potential students and area manufacturing companies to turn to NFCC for training. Eustace is now one of only three Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) authorized Certified Production Technician (CPT) instructors in Florida that have both full CPT and Green Production credentials. “Many of the companies in this area support green manufacturing principals,” said Eustace. “I felt it would be a great asset for area students to be fully CPT certified and Green Production certified as well. Ultimately our students, area employers and the environment benefit so it’s a win-win situation.”
NFCC Students Named to 2015 All-Florida Academic Team – North Florida Community College students Keysha Horn and Susan McCool were honored as members of the 2015 All-Florida Academic Team at an awards ceremony at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee on April 9, 2015. Students, nominated by their respective colleges to the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, are selected as members of the All-Florida Academic Team based on their outstanding academic achievement, leadership and community service.
NFCC Sentinel Upstage Players Awarded “New Play Award” by the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Theatre Division – North Florida Community College's Community Theatre group, the NFCC Sentinel Upstage Players, recently underwent state adjudication by the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Theatre Division and received a ranking of “Good” for their March 28, 2015 performance of “Four Sons,” an original production written, directed and produced entirely by the NFCC troupe. The performance was also bestowed the honor of the FCSAA “New Play Award” which is awarded to recognize the work of and encourage the creation of new scripts in the college production world.
Jay Welch Named 2015 NFCC Teacher of the Year – When an instructor loves teaching it shows and there is no doubt that Jay Welch, North Florida Community College history instructor and the 2015 NFCC Teacher of the Year, loves his job. Welch stepped into the profession with the essential qualities of all great teachers – a passion for the subject being taught and a personality and teaching style that makes learning fun and interesting for a wide-range of students. “Jay Welch has really been an influential person in my life,” said Jonathan Bolick, NFCC alumnus and the 2013-2014 NFCC Student of the Year. “I took him for three of my four semesters here [at NFCC] and he really played a large part in my studies.”
NFCC Public Safety Academy receives Meritorious Award from Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission – The North Florida Community College Public Safety Academy received a Meritorious Award at the August 2014 Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) Meeting in recognition of attaining a “perfect audit” for the CJSTC Trust Fund for fiscal year 2012/2013. NFCC was one of three training centers to receive the award. The NFCC Public Safety Academy has received the Meritorious Award for the last four consecutive audits including fiscal years 2006/2007, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, and 2012/2013.
NFCC Ranked #2 “Best Community College” by Washington Monthly – In 2013, North Florida Community College ranked #2 nationwide in the “America’s Best Community Colleges” category of Washington Monthly magazine’s 2013 College Rankings. NFCC posted high marks for providing students with quality instruction, an abundance of active and collaborative learning opportunities, support for learning, and outstanding student-faculty interaction. The ranking is based on information from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) as well as graduation rates published by the U.S. Department of Education. This recognition on the national level affirms that NFCC is a great educational resource as well as a leader in offering area students a quality education. “These rankings are especially important because they highlight the system’s mission of providing access to low-cost, high-quality education and job training. I am extremely proud of all of our colleges for helping prepare Floridians for high-skill, high-wage jobs.” ~ Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna.