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Coronavirus update (April 2, 3:00 PM)
Wi-Fi hot spots are being installed in three designated campus parking lots, beginning April 4 for SAC and April 7 for OPC and PAC. In an effort to maintain social distancing, STUDENTS MUST REMAIN IN THEIR VEHICLES. Online instruction will continue through all summer terms. Students who have registered for on-campus summer classes will NOT be automatically moved to online classes. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

A letter from SJR State President Joe Pickens in re COVID-19

Tips for Online Classroom Success - Advice from your SJR State professors
Today marks the day that many of you will be entering the online classroom for the first time. We realize that you may be feeling nervous and confused about this unexpected shift in your academic journey during these uncertain times. However, we remain dedicated to helping you achieve classroom success, moving you one step closer to your degree and career goals.

A Letter from SJR State's President in re COVID-19
As we have all followed the unprecedented spread of the COVID-19 virus across the world and into our state and community, the administration of St. Johns River State College has worked to respond to the changing circumstances to ensure our campuses are safe environments for our students, faculty, and staff. The health, safety, and welfare of SJR State’s entire community continues to be our top priority and guides our decision-making.

Coronavirus update from the Florida Department of Education (Feb. 28)

FloArts presents exhibit by Arthur C. Danto
The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) presents the visual arts exhibition “The Critic as Artist: Images from the Mediterranean” by world-renowned art critic and visual artist Arthur C. Danto.

Partnership offers Clay drug court grads second chance
A new partnership designed to offer second-chance educational opportunities for Clay County residents completing Adult Drug Court and Veterans Court graduations is in the works between St. Johns River State College, the Clay County school district, and the Fourth Judicial Circuit Problem-Solving Courts.

Malloy named 2020 Tindall Scholarship recipient
St. Johns River State College infielder Chase Malloy was named the 2020 recipient of the John C. Tindall Endowed Scholarship.

SJR State welcomes new Vice President for Workforce Development
St. Johns River State College (SJR State) is pleased to announce David Campbell as Vice President for Workforce Development. Campbell assumes the responsibility and leadership for all of SJR State’s workforce and career and technical education programs.

FloArts presents “Company,” a musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim
“To marry or not to marry?” is the question addressed in "Company," a groundbreaking musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim coming to the main stage at the Florida School of the Arts located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. The show runs 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20 to Saturday, February 22 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 23. Tickets are $5.

FloArts presents painting exhibit “Collective Ground: Breaking Illusion”
The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) will present the exhibition “Collective Ground: Breaking Illusion,” paintings by Gainesville-based artists Logan Marconi, and Charles Hedrick and Benjamin Ingle, who studied under Marconi. According to FloArts gallery coordinator Sarah Alexander, “This show is interesting in that the artists were in the classroom setting together.

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 March 9. The event will provide free assistance to families applying for college financial aid.

Study Abroad in Ireland – May 2020
Study Abroad in Ireland – May 2020. Students must register for at least one of the following courses during Summer A: GEB 2350 Introduction to International Business, LIT 2182 Modern Irish Literature, or CRW 2001 Creative Writing.

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 56 children with donations of toys, clothing and other goodies to the Project PRAISE organization.

SJR State honors graduates
St. Johns River State College celebrated its Fall Commencement on December 19, honoring the students who earned their associates and bachelor’s degrees or college certificates.

SJR State holds nursing pinning ceremony
St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize nursing students completing the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Bridge to Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) program. The ceremony, which symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession and the care and devotion nurses provide, is a continued tradition of Florence Nightingale’s extended honor to her most outstanding nurses.

SJR State law enforcement and corrections cadets recognized
St. Johns River State College Criminal Justice Academy cadets were recently recognized during a graduation ceremony. Cadets representing Clay, Putnam, St. Johns, Duval and other counties received their certificates of completion for the Florida Law Enforcement Academy and Florida Corrections Officer Academy basic recruit programs.

Seven Vikings sign NCAA National Letters of Intent
Seven student-athletes from St. Johns River State College recently signed NCAA National Letters of Intent, advancing their academic and baseball careers to the university level.

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