Five rising high school seniors from Jacksonville and other Florida cities will receive scholarships from the Jacksonville law firm Farah & Farah.

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The city of Jacksonville is launching a new program called Operation Boost. It’s designed to help low income residents find employment opportunities and get training to help them secure higher paying jobs.


North Florida Congressman Al Lawson, D-FL5, announced Thursday that colleges and universities in Jacksonville are getting an additional $73.4 million in federal emergency relief funding as part of the $900 billion stimulus package Congress passed last month. 

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Ahead of the 2021 Florida Legislative Session, local state representatives and senators held their annual Duval Legislative Delegation Meeting to hear the concerns of organizations and community stakeholders.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville’s fall career fair is going virtual this month.

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Fall enrollment numbers at Jacksonville-area colleges and universities are surprisingly high given the economic toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken, and some schools are even reporting record numbers.


The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is expanding its autonomous vehicle testing program to include Florida State College at Jacksonville after using test vehicles at a Downtown test track and the Mayo Clinic.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville and Edward Waters College are both expecting to receive more federal CARES Act funding, on top of the millions of dollars they’ve already been given in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville is launching a new program in the midst of the uncertain times caused by COVID-19 to help low-income high school seniors receive "accelerated career-related training and personal critical soft-skill development."

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Hospitals across the First Coast, including Mayo Clinic and the Orange Park Medical Center, confirm they’re treating coronavirus patients. As the outbreak is expected to worsen, hospitals are taking steps to limit exposure to their patients and staff. Some of those measures pose a challenge to students who are required to have hands-on experience in medical facilities.

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Following direction from the state, Florida’s colleges and universities are taking steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday announced a $3.6 million grant-funded initiative to increase the size of the financial technology workforce in Northeast Florida.

80-year-old FSCJ Professor Killed In Crash On Heckscher Drive

Feb 11, 2020
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The woman who died in a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Heckscher Drive was a lifelong educator who was still teaching at Florida State College at Jacksonville at 80 years old, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville has selected its next president.


Florida State College at Jacksonville’s search for a new president is down to three finalists.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville is getting a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help “under represented” students stay enrolled and graduate.

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About 50 low income parents trying to go to college and afford daycare at the same time will be getting some financial help.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday to celebrate the opening of its first student housing option at the historic Lerner building in downtown Jacksonville.

FSCJ Is Among Florida Colleges Receiving 'Performance Funding'

Jul 25, 2018
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Florida’s 28 state colleges will receive $60 million in performance funding during the academic year that started this month.

FSCJ Enrollment Plunges 10 Percent This Year

May 4, 2018
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Leaders at Florida State College at Jacksonville are bracing for tougher times in their next fiscal year in part because of a dramatic enrollment drop of 10 percent.

State Colleges Take Stock After 'Challenging' Session

Mar 30, 2018
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While state universities and public schools have seen significant funding increases in the last two years, Florida’s state college system has had less success in securing money in the annual budget process.

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Students interested in attending Florida State College at Jacksonville free of charge are invited to info sessions, starting Tuesday.

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with former Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ken Jefferson on law enforcement’s role in the Parkland school shooting (01:14).  

We discussed America Saves Week with Jax Federal Credit Union Chief Operating Officer Mary Svoboda (30:56).

We learned about the upcoming Jacksonville Science Festival with organizers Tia Unthank and Nadia Hionides and Eddie Whisler with the Museum of Science and History (38:54).

Cole Pepper talked about the latest sports news, including the Jaguars signing a contract extension with quarterback Blake Bortles (46:00).  

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The Florida State College at Jacksonville has received a $25,000 Fire Cadet Academy Grant from the AT&T foundation to help students who want to become firefighters.

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The president of Florida State College at Jacksonville, Dr. Cynthia Bioteau, is retiring at the end of the spring semester.

State Colleges Wary As Florida Senate Seeks Changes

Jan 18, 2018
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A bill that would create a new governance board for the state college system and impose a limit on the number of four-year degrees awarded by the colleges advanced in the Senate on Wednesday.

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Because of a software glitch, some students starting classes Monday at Florida State College at Jacksonville had trouble logging into online classes, viewing their class schedules, or looking up class locations online.

FSCJ Sees Largest Projected Decline Among Florida’s State Colleges This Year

Dec 19, 2017
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Enrollment in Florida's 28 state colleges is expected to remain relatively flat this year, although several schools are reporting effects from Hurricane Irma.

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The Vision Education and Rehabilitation Center (VERC), held a blindness awareness event at the Florida State College at Jacksonville’s downtown campus Thursday.   

FSCJ President Cynthia Bioteau

The state Board of Education will meet in Jacksonville Wednesday.