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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.