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Florida State College at Jacksonville is taking steps to make sure no students are going hungry.

The college recently opened a student food pantry on its South Campus on Beach Boulevard.

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Updated March 17 1:05 p.m.

On this episode of Redux, we look at poverty on the First Coast.

In Duval County, roughly a third of the families here live on an income lower than what’s known as a “survival budget.”

Then there’s the homeless population on the First Coast, which has grown to more than 3,000, including approximately 2,000 in Jacksonville. We have an open letter from a homeless woman to Mayor Lenny Curry about how the city treats those without shelter.

But, homelessness isn’t exclusive to the urban core. We’ll look at what one organization is doing at the Beaches to help those most in need, help themselves. 

We also have an update on the Jacksonville Jaguars and the downtown shipyards project.

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Nonviolent ex-offenders now have a school designed to quickly train them for jobs at the JaxPort.

The school, called the Jacksonville Port Academy, was created by the nonprofit Operation New Hope, Florida State College at Jacksonville and JaxPort.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville is committing to help pay for school for first-time college students seeking an associate's degree. It’s designed to help lower-income students get an associate’s degree without debt.

The new program is called the FSCJ Promise, which will aid up to 1,000 new students a year. FSCJ will help  fund the first two years of tuition, books and fees for students after federal, state and local aid doesn’t meet their needs.

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The Florida Senate is considering a bill that could shift control away from state colleges and cap its ability to expand four-year degree programs.

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers 13 types of four-year degrees. But under a new Senate bill, it might become harder for state colleges to add or expand bachelor's degree programs.

Our Friday Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union columnist Ron Littlepage, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Tim Gibbons of the Jacksonville Business Journal and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We were also joined by Stacy Goldring and Molly Kushner about the upcoming “Voices of the Second Gen” that explores the experiences of second generation Holocaust survivors. In observance of Veterans Day, we wrapped up our series of segments during Jacksonville’s Week of Valor by hearing from Operation New Uniform founder and Executive Director Justin Justice and local veteran Sheenah Thrasher-Zamora. Jacksonville native and comic book creator Zack Kaplan also joined the show to talk about his new comic “Eclipse.” 

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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT interns Allie George, Kelsey Oates and Sarah De Nicolais be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast this weekend.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville’s nursing students will soon get the chance to practice on lifelike mannequins.

These patients will be able to speak, breathe and even die if their care isn’t good enough.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated from its original version.

Fans of live music, comedy and theater might have noticed the bulk of acts come through Northeast Florida toward the beginning of the year.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr explains to News Director Jessica Palombo what’s behind the top-heavy schedule.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville is looking for people with great ideas to speak at the school’s TEDx event this year.

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Stalking is a crime is all 50 states, and  this month is National Stalking Awareness Month.

Florida State College at Jacksonville helped spread awareness Thursday morning with a panel discussion of anti-stalking advocates.


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A national nonprofit program that partners with businesses to provide professional services for at-risk youth has a new chapter in Jacksonville.

Year Up accepts a limited number of students, from ages 18 to 24, who have the desire to expand upon their professional skill set. The students must have at least a high school GED.

The nonprofit has put 23 students through training at Florida State College at Jacksonville. The classes prepare students for careers in office management, telecommunications, banking and other industries.

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A new partnership will make it easy for students at Florida State College at Jacksonville to transfer to the University of North Florida after two years of study.

The Connect program lets students entering FSCJ this fall declare their intention to earn a bachelor’s degree at UNF and reserve a spot for when they’re ready to make the switch.

FSCJ Spokeswoman Jill Johnson says it’s a way for everyone to win.

As CNN approaches its 35th anniversary, we speak with Emmy and Peabody award-winning photojournalist Mark Biello about his career covering major events, such as the Gulf War, Hurricane Katrina and the protests in Ferguson, MO, for the network. 

Connie Brown of FSCJ's Vision Education and Rehabilitation Center joins us to discuss the community-based rehabilitation program for adults and high school students with blindness or visual impairment.

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville is marking its 50th anniversary this year, as well as the first year of the school's new president, Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. We speak with Bioteau about what's in store for FSCJ, and get her reaction to President Barack Obama's recent call for two years of free community college for American students.