FSCJ Receives FAA Approval for Airline Transport Pilot Certificate

FSCJ Media Release
April 26, 2017 5:00 p.m.

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) has been authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to certify graduates of the Associate in Science in Professional Pilot Technology program with the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certification at a reduced number of flight hours.

Through FSCJ’s A.S. in Professional Pilot Technology, individuals interested in flying for the airlines can earn a 250-hour discount toward the 1,500 hours of flight time required to be eligible for the ATP certification, the highest-level FAA-issued certificate.

“Receiving the FAA approval provides industry recognition of the high-quality, superior pilot program we offer here at FSCJ,” said Program Manager Sam Fischer. “Using a specialized combination of classroom curriculum, simulator training and flightline experience, our associate degree expertly prepares students to be skilled, confident pilots.”

FSCJ’s program provides extensive, advanced training that aligns with industry trends and educates students on current FAA standards and regulations to produce knowledgeable, proficient, safe and responsible pilots and flight instructors for the National Air Transportation System.

Additionally, the FAA authorization reduces the age requirement for the ATP for FSCJ graduates to 21 years instead of 23 years, helping students launch their career two years earlier.


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Fundraising boat tour for Friends of Fort Clinch

Press Release
Friends of Fort Clinch
Submitted by Don Hughes
April 26, 2017 4:10 p.m.

Come join us on a 7PM, Sunday, May 21 Amelia River Cruise to celebrate the culmination of the matching fund-raising campaign to acquire a 6 ft. bronze Civilian Conservation Corp Worker Statue for Ft. Clinch State Park. The statue will honor the work that CCC Company 1420 performed in restoring the historic fort and constructing the campgrounds, park roads, and museum during the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. Several local residents served in the CCC. Ft. Clinch State Park was one of more than 800 parks nationwide that benefited from their work.

Statue Project Chairman, Jim McCannell, will give a short presentation on the importance of the CCC in our nation’s history, especially in developing our beautiful Park, and announce the timetable for the statue installation. The all inclusive 2-hour cruise includes entertainment by guitarist & vocalist Richard Stratton, light refreshments provided by The Salty Pelican, and soft drinks/water.

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Hickman honored as Elsie Harper Volunteer of the Year

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Provided by Becky White
April 26, 2017 5:54 a.m.

Robbie Hickman receives Elsie Harper Volunteer of the Year Award.

Baptist Medical Center Nassau Auxiliary member, Robbie Hickman won the Elsie Harper Volunteer of the Year Award. The award was presented by Robin Lentz, mayor of Fernandina Beach on April 20th at the Nassau County Volunteer Awards Luncheon. Ms. Hickman worked as a Nassau County teacher for 35 years and upon retirement began volunteering with the Auxiliary at Baptist Medical Center Nassau.

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FSCJ Hosts Grand Opening of Its First Student Food Pantry

FSCJ Media Release
April 25, 2017 10:00 a.m.


Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) celebrated the grand opening of its first student food pantry on April 13. Students, faculty members and leadership gathered to publically announce the food pantry’s new official name, H.O.P.E. (Helping Out People Every Day) Food Pantry, which was selected through a student-led survey.

H.O.P.E. Food Pantry with Student Success Advisor Ashlie Barker

Located on FSCJ’s South Campus, F-103, the pantry will serve all students on Tuesdays from noon – 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and Thursdays from noon – 5 p.m. Any FSCJ student with a valid FSCJ ID may visit the pantry one time each day of operation and receive up to 5 pounds of food at no cost.

The project began in the summer of 2015 when a working group comprised of faculty and staff began an investigation and decision-making effort to implement a resource that would support FSCJ students facing food insecurity, a known obstacle to student success. During the Fall 2016 Term, FSCJ Student Engagement adopted the committee’s recommendations and developed an operational plan to pilot the program at South Campus after conducting a student survey to gauge need and interest.

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North Florida Land Trust’s 6th Annual Fish Fry

North Florida Land Trust
Press Release
Kelly White
(904) 232-3001 or

April 25, 2017 7:47 p.m.

North Florida Land Trust is hosting their 6th Annual Fish Fry at Big Talbot Island on Saturday, May 20. The family-friendly event will take place from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Talbot House on Big Talbot Island, 12134 Houston Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32226. Guests can enjoy live music, marsh views, fabulous food, local beers, lawn games and more.

“This fundraising event is so much fun for all ages,” said Jim McCarthy, Executive Director of North Florida Land Trust. “It is a great opportunity for everyone to spend some time out at Big Talbot Continue reading

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Compassion and Butterflies

Compassionate Fernandina
Press Release
Submitted by Robyn Nemes

April 24, 2017 11:00 a.m.

Compassionate Fernandina partnered with the Wild Amelia Junior Naturalist Program to present a class on “Compassion and Butterflies” at The Book Loft on Saturday, April 15. Children created cards of kindness to give to someone in their lives as an expression of gratitude. Some chose teachers, some chose a person in the community who had been especially helpful, some chose a person who is sad or struggling, and some chose family. Children discussed the ways in which we are all unique and beautiful, just like our butterflies, and they learned ways to show compassion to the various kinds of butterflies who live here.

Thanks to the kindness of Reflections of Nature, each child received a milkweed plant to grow in their own yards to attract monarchs and other butterflies. The kindness we all show in big and small ways has such a ripple effect on our families, our communities, and our world.

Compassionate Fernandina is an evolving organization of people who are committed to a vision of this community being one in which we treat everyone and the Earth with kindness, dignity and respect. Our inspiration for initiating this organization was learning about the Charter for Compassion, created by Karen Armstrong and a number of world Continue reading

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Work starts this week on Fort Clinch Pier demolition

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Provided by Len Kreger
April 24, 2017 8:52 a.m.

Remaining portions of the Fort Clinch State Park Fishing Pier destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, will be removed this week according to Vice Mayor Len Kreger. “The contractor is still staging and should start work this week. All debris will be removed by barge and no work will be performed at night.”

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Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Stephen Mintz
April 23, 2017 1:00 a.m.

“Snowy Egret” Photo courtesy of Stephen Mintz

Editor’s Note: Stephen Mintz, MD, a long-time Amelia Island snow birder retired from pediatric practice after 35 years. He remains active as an adjunct faculty member of the LeMoyne College Physician Assistant School in Syracuse NY.

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