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NEWS AND EVENTS

SJR State holds Vikings Day of Service
Employees from the Palatka, Orange Park and St. Augustine campuses and Workforce Training Center participated in a food drive for the Viking Exchange.

FloArts presents “Lobby Hero”
Florida School of the Arts (FloArts), located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College (SJR State), presents “Lobby Hero,” a play by Kenneth Lonergan.

SJR State receives its 8th consecutive Tree Campus distinction
St. Johns River State College (SJR State) has been recognized as a 2020 Tree Campus Higher Education institution by the Arbor Day Foundation. This marks the eighth consecutive year the College has received this distinction for its promotion of healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

SJR State honors adult education graduates
Beyond the family cheers, tears and camera flashes, the annual adult education graduation at St. Johns River State College represents more than just the passing of an exam - it represents countless individual achievements, struggles and challenges that are the very fabric of every GED diploma.

Meet SJR State’s new dean of criminal justice, Tim Adams
St. Johns River State College (SJR State) welcomes Timothy Adams as the new Dean of Criminal Justice and Public Safety of the Criminal Justice Academy located at the St. Augustine campus.

FloArts presents visual arts exhibition “Convergent Utility”
The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) presents mixed media visual arts exhibit “Convergent Utility” by interdisciplinary artist Shannon Rae Lindsey.

Enrollment Day at the Palatka campus
St. Johns River State College will hold Enrollment Day on Friday, August 20, 2021 at the Palatka campus. Any prospective student from ANY county is welcome to attend. Enrollment Day aims to help those who missed the fall application deadline to enroll during this one-stop shop style registration process.

SJR State celebrates nursing graduates with pinning ceremony
St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize the Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) students and the Practical Nursing (PN) students from both the Orange Park and Palatka campuses.

Ingrid Wright retires after 13 years at SJR State
Ingrid Wright served as an instructor and the director of the Radiologic Technology A.S. degree program.

Gov. DeSantis appoints Makayla Buchanan to SJR State Board
St. Johns River State College welcomes its newest member of the District Board of Trustees. Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Makayla Buchanan.

Woman’s Club of Palatka awards scholarships to SJR State students
The GFWC Woman's Club of Palatka recently awarded three scholarships to St. Johns River State College (SJR State) students who reside in Putnam County. According to the Woman’s Club of Palatka President Linda Priest, "We are just so excited, because the funds stayed right here in Putnam County."

SJR State receives $13,000 from Putnam County Medical Center for nursing and allied health scholarships
The St. Johns River State College (SJR State) Foundation recently received a $13,000 scholarship donation from Putnam County Medical Center (PCMC), bringing PCMC’s total contribution to SJR State to $150,000 since 2006.

SJR State corrections cadets recognized
Cadets from St. Johns River State College (SJR State) Criminal Justice Academy were recently recognized during a graduation ceremony. Graduates representing Clay, Putnam, St. Johns and other counties received certificates for completing the corrections basic recruit and/or the crossover to corrections programs.

Florida School of the Arts honors graduates
The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts), which is part of St. Johns River State College, recently honored graduates who completed the associate degree programs in the visual and performing arts. Areas of study at FloArts include visual art, stage management, dance performance, theater technology, acting and musical theater.

"Now. Not Tomorrow." scholarships for fall
St. Johns River State College is thrilled to join together with the Florida Department of Education for a new college enrollment initiative to provide opportunities for students who graduated high school in 2020 and 2021 to enroll in the Florida College System.

SJR State announces student athletes of year
St. Johns River State College baseball pitcher Heston Mosley and volleyball libero Dariana Luna were recently announced as the College’s 2021 Student Athletes of the Year.

FSJR State respiratory care program receives President’s Award for Excellence in Credentialing Success
St. Johns River State College’s respiratory care program, based on the St. Augustine campus, has been awarded the 2021 President’s Award for Excellence in Credentialing Success by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), whose primary responsibility is accrediting programs based on their compliance with established accreditation standards.

FloArts presents live showing of “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man”
After a year of being unable to perform on the main stage of the Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) located at the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College, FloArts is thrilled to present a live showing of “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man” by D. W. Gregory.

Thrasher-Horne Center announces new leadership
New leadership is underway at the Thrasher-Horne Center located at the Orange Park campus of St. Johns River State College (SJR State). Bob Olson has been named executive director of the Thrasher-Horne Center and succeeds Anna Zirbel-Williams. Araina Eber will serve as the director of artistic and guest services.

SJR State law enforcement cadets recognized
Cadets from St. Johns River State College (SJR State) Criminal Justice Academy were recently recognized during a graduation ceremony at the Thrasher-Horne Center located at the College’s Orange Park campus. Graduates representing Clay, Putnam, St. Johns and Duval counties received certificates for completing Florida Law Enforcement Academy programs.

Gov. DeSantis appoints Richard Komando to SJR State Board
St. Johns River State College welcomes its newest member – and vice chair – of the District Board of Trustees. Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Richard Komando.

SJR State law enforcement cadets recognized on May 14
Cadets from St. Johns River State College (SJR State) Criminal Justice Academy were recently recognized during a graduation ceremony at the Thrasher-Horne Center located at the College’s Orange Park campus. Graduates representing Clay, Putnam, St. Johns and other counties received certificates for completing Florida Law Enforcement Academy programs. During the ceremony, three law enforcement cadets were recognized for special achievement.

SJR State law enforcement cadets recognized
Cadets from St. Johns River State College (SJR State) Criminal Justice Academy were recently recognized during a graduation ceremony at the Viking Center located at the College’s St. Augustine campus. Graduates representing Clay, Putnam, St. Johns and other counties received certificates for completing Florida Law Enforcement Academy programs. During the ceremony, four law enforcement cadets were recognized for special achievement.

SJR State honors graduates
St. Johns River State College celebrated its Spring Commencement on May 7, honoring the students who earned their associates and bachelor’s degrees or college certificates. More than 300 of the 700+ graduates participated in the ceremonies held at the Thrasher-Horne Center located on the SJR State Orange Park campus.

SJR State holds radiology pinning ceremony
St. Johns River State College faculty, administration and staff recently held a pinning ceremony to honor Radiologic Technology students. The students were each presented with a special pin during the ceremony, recognizing their accomplishments and hard work in completing the program and becoming eligible to join the profession of radiologic technologists.

SJR State celebrates nursing graduates with pinning ceremony
St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize the Associate in Science in Nursing students from the Orange Park and Palatka programs. The pinning ceremony symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession and the care and devotion nurses provide and is a continued tradition of Florence Nightingale’s extended honor to her most outstanding nurses.

Three named to All-Florida Academic Team
St. Johns River State College (SJR State) students Lillian Maxwell, Jazlyn Rider and Elizabeth Tarter have been named to the Florida College System’s 2021 All-Florida Academic Team for their academic achievement, leadership and community service.

SJR State to co-host second COVID-19 vaccine “walk-up” site
Preregistration is NOT required for the April 30 event

St. Johns River State College and Mt. Tabor First Baptist Church will partner again on Friday, April 30 to bring Putnam County residents a walk-up COVID-19 vaccination site – preregistration is NOT required.

Fast Track Enroll Now scholarship for first-timers – Deadline May 1
St. Johns River State College is ready to help high school seniors jump start their college education this summer with free classes. Fast Track Enroll Now Scholarship Program is available through May 1.

FloArts presents “Images in Motion: A Drive-in Dance and Film Experience”
Coming to the newly-constructed parking lot stage at the Florida School of the Arts is “Images in Motion: A Drive-in Dance and Film Experience” featuring live dance performances and films created by FloArts students, alumni and faculty. The event is free to the public and will be held on April 16 and 17 at 8:00 p.m.

SJR State to host manufacturing/engineering information session
St. Johns River State College will host virtual information sessions for those interested in careers in advanced manufacturing.

SJR State to co-host COVID-19 vaccine “walk-up” site
St. Johns River State College and Mt. Tabor First Baptist Church are partnering to bring Putnam County residents one of the latest state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites.

SJR State presents 2021 faculty, staff excellence awards
The 2021 Faculty Excellence Award was presented to Florida School of the Arts costume design instructor Emily Schafer and business education instructor Terry Thomas. Recipients of the 2021 Staff Excellence Award was Michelle Mancil, Orange Park campus Academic Support Center coordinator, and Eric Mellies, environmental systems coordinator.

Malloy, Mosley named 2021 Tindall Scholarship recipients
St. Johns River State College infielder Chase Malloy and pitcher Heston Mosley were named the 2021 recipients of the John C. Tindall Endowed Scholarship.

Corrections scholarship honors former SJR State security officers Ernie McRae and Horace Sermon
St. Johns River State College President Joe Pickens is pleased to announce a Florida Corrections Officer Academy scholarship honoring former SJR State security officers — the late Earnest (Ernie) McRae and his longtime colleague and close friend, Horace Sermon.

FloArts presents “Songs for a New World” via internet
FloArts students have successfully worked through pandemic rehearsal issues to bring the musical “Songs for a New World” to patrons this month.

Gov. DeSantis appoints W. J. "Jud" Sapp to SJR State Board
St. Johns River State College welcomes its newest member of the District Board of Trustees. W. J. "Jud" Sapp, Jr. was recently appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis. He is appointed for a term beginning December 23, 2020 and ending May 31, 2022.

SJR State holds spring FAFSA Frenzy events
St. Johns River State College will present “FASFA Frenzy,” at three locations this spring, beginning with its Palatka campus on February 15.

Congratulations to our graduates!
Be sure to watch the 2020 Spring/Summer and Fall virtual graduation ceremonies.

An SJR State holiday tradition continues through Project PRAISE
St. Johns River State College employees were able to help make Christmas a little brighter for 47 children with donations of toys, clothing and other goodies to the Project PRAISE organization.

Log into “Virtually Viking”, an open-forum style Zoom session
SJR State introduces “Virtually Viking,” an open-forum style Zoom session designed for individuals who prefer to remain online for their interactions and communications with the College.

SJR State Foundation welcomes Brian Bergen
St. Johns River State College (SJR State) welcomes Brian Bergen as its new director of fundraising and alumni engagement of the College’s Foundation, which exists to support the growth and development of SJR State students and the College community in Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

Foundation celebrates 50 years, Palatka Senior High School Class of 1961 creates permanent legacy of support
The St. Johns River State College Foundation, founded in 1970, is celebrating its 50th anniversary and reflecting on its rich history of community support that has kept the Foundation thriving and providing scholarships for students.
The endowment idea surfaced for the Class of ‘61 as classmates planned for their 50th class reunion in 2011.

SJR State to forge ahead this spring with on-campus classes
Spring registration is in progress at St. Johns River State College and includes welcoming students back to campus for face-to-face instruction. President Joe Pickens announced that the three campuses — in Orange Park, Palatka and St. Augustine — are ready to accommodate more students as the College presents a "new normal" in January.

Attend an accelerated manufacturing information session Nov. 12
St. Johns River State College will host an information session for those interested in a career in manufacturing on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m.

SJR State’s "Rapid Credentialing" provides new skill sets for unemployed
St. Johns River State College is ready to help local residents get back to work. The College has been awarded a Rapid Credentialing grant through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The $449K grant will support rapid career and technical training that can lead to middle and high-wage jobs throughout Northeast Florida.

FloArts presents "She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms" by Qui Nguyen via Zoom
The Florida School of the Arts presents “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms,” a play by Qui Nguyen. Performances are free of charge and will be streamed live on Zoom at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 18. Patrons must preregister for the performance.

SJR State honors GED recipients with drive-thru ceremony
The Adult Education department at St. Johns River State College recently held a drive-thru and virtual graduation ceremony to honor those who earned their State of Florida high school diploma.

SJR State respiratory graduates earn 100% passing rate
or a third consecutive year, St. Johns River State College respiratory care graduates have excelled on their credentialing exams, achieving a 100% passing rate.

Enrollment Day at the Palatka campus
St. Johns River State College will hold Enrollment Day on August 20, 2020 at the Palatka campus.

SJR State students inducted into Hall of Fame
Ten St. Johns River State College students were recently inducted into SJR State’s 2020 Hall of Fame. Each year, this award is presented to a select number of students recommended by faculty for academic excellence and extracurricular involvement.

Adult Ed spotlight – GED recipient Katelyn advises “Don’t fall victim to your circumstances”
Katelyn Scott is St. Johns River State College’s student spotlight of the month. This 27-year-old mother of five shares her message of perseverance and how she overcame multiple obstacles to gain control of her future and set an example for her children.

Florida School of the Arts honors graduates
Florida School of the Arts recently bid farewell to graduates now on their way to pursue careers in art galleries, on stage or behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Many will continue their education at universities before finding their niche in the arts.

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