Dutch Holland, now studying mechanical engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), says the most valuable thing he learned (as a student) is that every day is an opportunity to learn more.
E. J. Guzman
E. J. Guzman
E. J. Guzman, Chief of Police, Green Cove Police Dept., enrolled at SJR State to complete the Law Enforcement Academy so he could fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer.
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Palatka Police Department Chief of Police Jason Shaw is a graduate of SJR State and the College’s Law Enforcement Academy.
By starting at SJR State, Stephen was able to build study habits and time management skills that made him successful in his future academic endeavors.
Callie obtained her Associate of Arts degree at SJR State on her way to furthering her studies to become a Livestock Product Specialist.
Matt is a 2004 graduate who began his studies as a dual enrollment student. He is currently the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller for Putnam County.
Jonathan began his collegiate journey at St. Johns River State College (SJR State) and believes that “all students should first start their journey at SJR State.
Stacie, a 2007 graduate, is Senior Community Health Nursing Director at the Putnam County Health Department.
Now a ESE Paraprofessional and Registered Behavior Technician, Robin wanted to work in education for as long as she can remember.
As a high school dropout, Roshonda’s story of personal triumph begins with her decision to earn her GED. She then enrolled in SJR State’s nursing program and persevered until she earned a doctorate of nursing practice.
My interest in health information technology came from my love for the medical field. I knew I didn’t want to be a “hands-on” professional, but I wanted to still care for patients.
Her grandfather inspired her to become a respiratory therapist due to his history of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
Staci Damato loves her job as a country approval specialist at Pharmaceutical Product Development.
Jennifer Sherman landed her "dream job" as a 2nd grade teacher after training in SJR State's Early Childhood Education program.
Retired attorney Eddie Anderson says that he is “proof that a kid in America can start pretty much at the bottom and still become a success, if he or she has some get-up-and-go, some basic smarts, and some pride and ambition.
Sheriff Gator DeLoach
Sheriff Gator DeLoach
As a lifelong resident of Putnam County, it has always been important to Sheriff Gator DeLoach to establish personal and professional roots within the community.
Joy Herring finds great joy serving in the field of nursing. As vice president of clinical analytics with Health Care Management Group, Joy says, “I am so blessed to be given the opportunity to care for people.
Swinita (Suni) Moore
"When the respiratory program was starting at SJR State, I was looking to do something with all of the previous health and science classes I took. There were several nurses and doctors in my family, and I didn't want to do either of those. I just wanted to do something different."
Dr. David Cummings got his start at St. Johns River State College as a dual-enrollment student before transferring to the University of Florida and ultimately earning his M.D. from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2012.
My time at SJR State prepared me well for launching into an IT career soon after I graduated. Today, it serves as a solid foundation of knowledge and experience for continuing to develop and expand upon my skills as an IT professional.
There are many employees (faculty, staff and administration) who went the extra mile to help me and guide me. I wouldn't be where I am today without SJR State. And, for that, I am forever thankful.
Glehn Von Loh
Glehn Von Loh
During the Fall of 2016, I interned at the Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. It was an international relations student’s dream come true, as I felt like I was at the forefront of foreign policy.
After receiving a full African-American scholarship to St. Johns River State College, Delonja Duncan completed her Associate in Arts degree and went on to study at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).
This week, St. Johns River State College is honoring THREE of its own in an alumni salute, celebrating the career milestones, community contributions and personal reflections of three sisters who began their collegiate journey as SJR State Vikings.
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Tera Gwaldis received three degrees from St. Johns River State College before returning to the College in 2016, not as a student, but as a clinical instructor for the Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) program.
As a child, Chase Mason spent hundreds of hours exploring places such as the tide pools of the Matanzas Inlet and the remote parts of Ravine Gardens.
As a member of the Future Business Leaders of America in junior high and high school, Stanley Bishop knew he wanted to become a business owner.
As Robley Davis prepares to retire from 36 years of brightening smiles, a big smile lights up her face as she reflects on the many “wonderful people” she has met as patients over the years.
After receiving his Associate degree in music/voice performance from FloArts in 1983, Ben went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and a Master of Liberal Studies from Rollins College.
Lacie Silcox Klann
Lacie Silcox Klann
As a student worker in the Foundation office at St. Johns River State College, Lacie Klann was introduced to the field of nonprofit fundraising.
A conversation with one of his St. Johns River State College professors led Josh Brown to a career as a pharmacist.
Growing up with a love of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors, Lauren Taylor is thrilled to work as an officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Ernie "Bubba" Silcox
Ernie "Bubba" Silcox
After taking many dual-enrollment classes at St. Johns River State College, Ernie “Bubba” Silcox said he knew it made sense to continue on the path to earning his A.A. degree.
The quality of education she received at St. Johns River State College inspired Veronica Charltray to enroll in the College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.
If former student-athlete Matthew Pennington could repeat his time at St. Johns River State College, he wouldn’t change a thing about it.
Josephine (Josie) Brown, a first generation college student, recalls a quote she heard time and time again when she attended St. Johns River State College, "Shoot for the moon, for if you miss, you will land among the stars."
Doug Valenti graduated from SJR State in 1966 and spent 32 years as an educator in the Putnam County School District.
Although Andy Hall felt he was already destined for a newspaper career prior to studying at St. Johns River State College, he said that his “experience at the College helped cement” his career choice.
Not only did the former Ms. St. Johns County Forestry Queen Aubrie Simpson receive her Associate in Arts degree, cum laude, from St. Johns River State College, she also received nine student awards, including being inducted into the SJR State Hall of Fame.
In his role as a federal wildlife zone officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bruce Butler frequently travels across the country, from his home base in San Juan, Puerto Rico to as far as Alaska and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
John Rowe discovered that he had a passion for accounting while earning his Associate in Arts degree at St. Johns River State College.
Inspired by his father’s work as a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, Leon Hunter decided to serve his community by pursuing a career in law.
Patrick Maxcy is certainly no reflection of his favorite quote, “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent” from the movie “A Bronx Tale.”
For more than 40 years, Sheriff Rick Beseler has strived to provide security and stability in Clay County through his work in the criminal justice field.
Bill Garrison was a successful real estate developer for 25 years until the economic recession forced him to reconsider his career options.
Greg Baker earned a respectable reputation in St. Augustine for his expertise in the insurance industry and for his 45 years of work with the Thompson Bailey Agency. His journey began when he graduated from SJR State with his Associate in Arts degree in 1967.
Allana Alexander’s curiosity about medicine and passion for helping others began at an early age as she watched her mother work at her hometown drugstore and assisted with her grandmother’s health care.
For the past 11 years, Ryan Blanco, R.Ph. has been voted the best local pharmacist in St. Augustine. Ryan’s journey to become one of the many well-respected pharmacists in the city began when he enrolled in SJR State’s dual enrollment program as a high school student.
For more than 30 years, Mike Patterson has dedicated his life to helping others. He began his career as a firefighter and paramedic, before rising through the chain of command to become Putnam County’s Chief of Emergency Medical Services.
For more than 30 years, Sheriff David Shoar has kept his promise to serve and protect his community. After graduating first in his police academy class, Sheriff Shoar began his career with the City of St. Augustine, serving as a patrol officer for 10 years.
Roger Suggs’ extensive career in the assessment/appraisal field includes serving as the assistant Clay County Property Appraiser and as the regional supervisor for the Florida Department of Revenue.
Chereese Stewart began her college trek as a student-athlete, enrolling at SJR State with a softball scholarship.
After attending the Florida School of the Arts, Daniel Franzese quickly jumped into the acting world with his first appearance in “Bully” (2001).
As a child, a fear of thunderstorms sparked Jason Dunning’s interest in weather. This, combined with a love for the art of telecommunication, led him to a career in broadcast meteorology.
Tina Gordon’s love for environmental science began during a visit to Anastasia State Park where she saw a turtle nesting and was instantly awed by the sight.
Following a brief stint as a college speech and debate team coach that ignited his talent for debate, Ron Brown, J.D., has dedicated more than 27 years to public law and local government - a gratifying career....
Since his graduation from SJR State in 2001, Charlie Douglas has been making big waves in the legal world.
Rebecca Faunce O'Leary
Rebecca Faunce O'Leary
Dr. Rebecca Faunce O’Leary took her knack for science and her desire to help others and pursued an education in dental medicine.
Since the beginning of her collegiate journey, Lori possessed the admirable ability to balance her responsibilities as a wife, mother, student and full-time employee.
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