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CFK Tugas excel at 2024 TYR SoFlo Open swim meet

The College of the Florida Keys' swim team showcased outstanding performances at the 2024 TYR SoFlo Open, held at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, FL from January 19 to 21, 2024. The meet saw multiple achievements by the swimming Tugas, with several personal best times, national qualifications, and a school record broken. 

CFK to offer “Mini-mester” condensed term

The College of the Florida Keys is offering a “Mini-mester” condensed term within the fall semester, also known as “Fall B.” The eight-week courses run October 13 through December 8. The term provides another entry point for new students to get a head start before the spring term as well as an opportunity for current students to accelerate their progression within the fall semester. 

CFK’s Constitution Day to focus on voting and election system

The College of the Florida Keys’ invites the community to celebrate the birthday of the United States Government at its annual Constitution Day event on Thursday, September 14 at 11:00 a.m. in the library on the Key West Campus. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, thus laying the foundation of our government, rights, and freedoms. This year's event will focus on voting systems and the elections process. Monroe County Supervisor of Elections Joyce Griffin will present on the topic and share updates on the new methods of voting.

Hemingway Look-Alikes Give Scholarships to CFK Students

The “Papas” of the Hemingway Look-Alike Society (HLAS) kicked-off the festivities of the famous Hemingway Look-Alike Contest by presenting $19,500 in scholarships to students attending The College of the Florida Keys (CFK) on the stage of Sloppy Joe’s on July 20. “Papa 2013” Stephen Terry and “Papa 2016” David Hemingway awarded four scholarships for literary talent and seven scholarships for nursing students. They also presented two new scholarships for the first time—one for a first responder and one for a veteran.

CFK graduates law enforcement academy in Upper Keys

The College of the Florida Keys (CFK) celebrated the graduation of Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Academy #84 with a ceremony on July 14 in the auditorium of Coral Shores High School. Fourteen cadets successfully completed the 770-hour training program. Upon passing the state certification exam, each will be eligible to become a Florida Law Enforcement Officer.

CFK Distinguished Alumnus endows Julie Eckard RN Scholarship

The College of the Florida Keys announces the re-establishment of the Julie Eckard RN Scholarship for students pursuing associate or bachelor’s degrees in nursing at CFK. Dr. Kevin Mallinson, CFK’s 2023 Distinguished Alumnus, and his husband Robert Hansen donated $20,000 to the CFK Foundation to endow the scholarship, which was initially established in 1991 following the death of the well-known HIV/AIDS nurse and Dr. Mallinson’s fellow classmate in the nursing class of 1987. The scholarship will support student nurses who are passionate about advocating for patients challenged by adversity, stigma, and/or discrimination—much like AIDS patients were in the 80s and 90s. By endowing the scholarship, the donation will be invested, and its earnings will provide scholarship awards to students in perpetuity—forever memorializing Eckard and supporting nursing education at CFK.

Meet the principal, preview curriculum at CFK Academy charter high school

The College of the Florida Keys invites prospective students, their family members, and the community to learn about CFK Academy at an information event on Thursday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the new CFK Academy building on the Key West Campus. New Principal Dr. Wendy McPherson will present the academic acceleration opportunities available at the new tuition-free charter high school and provide a preview of possible class options. College representatives will answer questions and provide guidance about enrolling. Those interested in attending the event are asked to R.S.V.P. on the CFK Academy webpage at CFK.edu/CFKAcademy.

College cuts ribbon, opens applications to CFK Academy charter high school

The College of the Florida Keys celebrated the completion of the building for its new charter high school, CFK Academy, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 18. Dozens of community leaders, partners, and employees and supporters of the College gathered at the footsteps of the school, located in the heart of the Key West Campus, for the event. CFK President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra cut the ribbon alongside College leaders and project collaborators before inviting guests to tour the new school. Additionally, Dr. Gueverra announced the opening of applications for students to enroll in the 2023-24 school year.

CFK President Dr. Gueverra’s Salute to Veterans

The College of the Florida Keys honored veterans as part of its festivities on Community Day on Saturday, November 5 at the Key West Campus. CFK President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra delivered his annual Salute to Veterans, honoring John Parce, a Naval Aviator and a member of the CFK Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Hemingway Look-Alikes Give Scholarships to CFK Students

The “Papas” of the Hemingway Look-Alike Society (HLAS) kicked-off the festivities of the famous Hemingway Look-Alike Contest by presenting $21,000 in scholarships to students attending The College of the Florida Keys (CFK) on the stage of Sloppy Joe’s on July 21. “Papa” Stephen Terry awarded six scholarships for literary talent and six scholarships to nursing students. They also presented the Kermit “Shine” Forbes Scholarship, named for Hemingway’s boxing sparring partner, to two CFK-bound Key West High School graduates. Throughout the year, the “Papas” and “Mamas” collect donations and fundraise at various events held during the Hemingway Days celebration to support the group’s ongoing philanthropic commitment to CFK students.