Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FCCJ Upgrading Yulee Facility

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FCCJ Upgrading Yulee Facility

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********** CORRECTION JULY 12, 2000

Because of a reporter's error, a story about Florida Community College at Jacksonville's Nassau County center on Page 1 of the June 24 Nassau Neighbors had incorrect information about the faculty. The campus will have only one full-time faculty member assigned to the center, the person who runs the outdoor education program. Ten full-time faculty members from FCCJ's North Campus in Jacksonville will each teach at least one class at the Nassau Center each term.

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While many of the students are on vacation, people at their Nassau County college campus are going full-tilt to complete a new building by Aug. 23 for the next semester.

The new $8.1 million, 45,000-square-foot building of the Florida Community College at Jacksonville's Betty P. Cook Center off Florida A1A at Yulee will open with additions to its faculty, students and curriculum.

The Nassau Center, which now only has one full-time faculty member, will add 10 full-time faculty positions and several more part-time positions, said Don Hughes, director of the Nassau campus. All of the new faculty will be professors from FCCJ's North Campus in Jacksonville, he said. The Yulee campus is considered a part of North Campus. The new building's classrooms will have a capacity for 330 full-time students, up from the current count of 100. Hughes expects a 15 to 25 percent increase in enrollment for the fall.

"We'll have more visibility from a permanent facility," said Hughes. "It will help all of our programs, both the indoor and the outdoor ones." FCCJ has an outdoor environmental education program.

Some programs will be new to the campus, including vocational classes. Patient-care classes for nursing and home health aid will be offered, as well as cosmetology, barbering and nail technology courses. The college is also partnering with Cisco Systems Inc., a San Diego-based international networking corporation, to provide computer networking courses to both adults and high school students.

"Over time, these programs will increase economic opportunities for businesses in the area as the programs and the people who are involved in them grow," said John Ruis, Nassau County superintendent of schools. …

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