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Trustees Elect New Officers

Kris Rider (center) with Dr. Thomas Leitzel and Bryan Derren
Kris Rider (center) with Dr. Thomas Leitzel and Bryan Derren

At the July SFSC District Board of Trustees (DBOT) reorganizational meeting, Derren J. Bryan of Hardee County was elected chair for 2016-17, and Timothy Backer of Desoto County was elected vice chair. Bryan was appointed to the board in 2011, and Backer was appointed in 2009.

In appreciation for her service as chair of the DBOT for 2015-16, Kris Rider was presented an inscribed (and heavy!) vase by Dr. Thomas Leitzel.


SFSC graduates 10 students from EMT program

South Florida State College graduated 10 emergency medical technicians during an evening ceremony on July 14 in the SFSC Public Safety Auditorium, Highlands Campus, in Avon Park.

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SFSC EMT graduates assemble before the ceremony on July 14.

Earning their EMT certificates after 16 weeks of training were:  From left, Coleton M. Choate Maria Dolores Albarran, Nathan Heaton, Beth Anne Fletcher, Joshua Caleb Mink, Vivia Dianne Nott, Michael G. Isom, Amanda Gayle Tyson, Trenton C. Carlisle, and Stephen Cody Wilson. [Pictured from left to right.] Continue Reading

HR Calls for Convocation Welcome Bag Material

 If you have information from your department that you would like to include in the welcome bags for this year’s Convocation, please deliver 250 copies to the conference room located outside of Human Resources in Building I no later than the end of the business day on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Convocation will be held Monday, Aug. 15.

Also, if you have any large boxes you’d like to get rid of, Human Resources will be happy to take them off your hands.  They are used to transport the bags from Human Resources to the SFSC University Center for Convocation. If you have questions, contact Robin Southwell at ext. 7248.

Calendars for 2016-17 Academic Year Available

SFSC 2016-2017 Academic Year CalendarsCalendar

The academic year calendars available.  Stop by Community Relations and Marketing Department in Building F, 8 -11:30 a.m., and 1:30 – 5 p.m., to pick up your calendar. Can’t make it? Call Rebecca at ext. 7250 to reserve your calendar.

July 19: Tina Gottus
July 19: Keith Loweke
July 22: Joy Baker
July 22: Elmer Espiritu
July 23: Erik Christensen
July 25: Janet Wheaton


Monday, July 18

  • Camp Adventure continues through July 29, 8 a.m., Community Week, (Community Education) Highlands Campus.

Tuesday, July 19

  • GPS New Student Orientation, 5:30 p.m., Highlands Campus

Wednesday , July 20

  • District Board of Trustees Meeting, 6 p.m., Board Room, Highlands Campus

Thursday, July 21

  • Radiology Pinning Ceremony, 6 p.m., G-101, Highlands Campus

Friday, July 22

  • Energy-Saving Friday: College Closed

Monday, July 25

  • Camp Adventure Final Week, 8 a.m., Celebration Week, 8 a.m., (Community Education) Highlands Campus.



Click Professional Development for the complete Spring/Summer calendar.


The Tip of the Week will return in August.


Kelly’s Korner

Summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: closed Fridays.

Hotel Jacaranda

During the summer, the Hotel Jacaranda is open for lunch, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., serving its soup and salad bar, sandwich platters, and daily specials.

The Grand Buffet is available on Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

College employees get a 10 percent discount.


Subway is closed for the summer, May 10 through late August.