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Florida College System Month celebrates quality, affordable education

Seminole State College is the eighth-largest institution in the Florida College System, which is celebrating National Community College Month in April.
 

April is Florida College System (FCS) Month. This month, the FCS is recognizing colleges for providing access to high-quality, affordable education for nearly 60 years.

Seminole State College of Florida is the eighth-largest institution in the FCS. Florida's 28 public colleges operate 178 sites throughout the state and serve 850,000 Floridians.

In his proclamation, Gov. Rick Scott said, "Nine of the top 10 fastest growing occupations require educational attainment beyond high school, and the Florida College System plays a critical role in educating and preparing Florida's workforce."

Here are a few highlights from the FCS:

  • Between 75 percent and 80 percent of FCS graduates with baccalaureate degrees, Associate in Science degrees and advanced technical certificates are employed upon completing their credentials.
  • As of February 2014, 24 of 28 Florida colleges were approved by the State Board of Education to offer more than 170 baccalaureate programs to meet regional workforce needs.
  • The FCS enrolls 65 percent of the state's graduates who continue their education directly after high school and 82 percent of freshmen and sophomore minority students in public higher education.
  • One out of every 23 Floridians is enrolled in the FCS.
  • The FCS is proud to serve all students: 63 percent are part time, 55 percent are minority, 59 percent are female, and the average student age is 26.
  • Through Florida's strong 2+2 articulation system, FCS associate in arts graduates are guaranteed admission into one of the great state universities in Florida. Half of juniors and seniors in state universities transferred from the FCS.

"Our colleges provide high-quality education at the certificate, associate and baccalaureate levels that help students succeed in continuing their education or entering the workforce," said FCS Chancellor Randy Hanna. "And our colleges continually lead national rankings. …I invite you to join me in celebrating the Florida College System throughout the month of April."

Nationwide, state and community colleges are celebrated with National Community College Month.

For more information, visit the FCS website or the FCS Facebook page, or download the FCS mobile app for Android or Apple devices.

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