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Susan Kessler
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Palatka, FL 32177


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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