Florida Senate - 2018 (NP) SR 1928 By Senator Bradley 5-02612-18 20181928__ 1 Senate Resolution 2 A resolution recognizing February 25, 2018, as “St. 3 Johns River State College Day” and commemorating the 4 college’s 60th anniversary. 5 6 WHEREAS, St. Johns River State College, formerly known as 7 St. Johns River Junior College and St. Johns River Community 8 College, was founded in 1958 to serve the counties of Clay, 9 Putnam, and St. Johns, and 10 WHEREAS, St. Johns River State College’s first campus was 11 located in Palatka and officially opened for organizational 12 purposes on February 25, 1958, and 13 WHEREAS, St. Johns River State College served 191 students 14 in its first semester and has evolved into a multi-campus 15 institution that currently serves approximately 11,000 students 16 and offers Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, 17 Associate in Arts, and Associate in Science degrees, as well as 18 a variety of certificate and workforce training programs, and 19 WHEREAS, upon its merger with Collier-Blocker Junior 20 College in 1964, St. Johns River State College became a fully 21 integrated public junior college serving all students in Clay, 22 Putnam, and St. Johns Counties, and 23 WHEREAS, in 1976, the Florida School of the Arts, the first 24 state-supported professional arts school, began full operation 25 as part of St. Johns River State College, with a charter class 26 of 51 students, and 27 WHEREAS, in 1977, St. Johns River State College opened its 28 first branch campus in Orange Park and, in 1986, opened its 29 second branch campus in St. Augustine, and 30 WHEREAS, in 1997, Senate Bill 1688 authorized all community 31 colleges to offer workforce development programs, opening the 32 door for St. Johns River State College to become a fully 33 comprehensive community college, and 34 WHEREAS, in 2004, the Thrasher-Horne Center opened on the 35 Orange Park campus to host art exhibits, theatrical 36 performances, community events, and business conferences, and 37 WHEREAS, in 2010, St. Johns River State College was granted 38 approval to offer its first baccalaureate degrees by the State 39 Board of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and 40 Schools Commission on Colleges, and 41 WHEREAS, with this approval, the college was elevated from 42 a Level I to a Level II accredited institution and changed its 43 name to St. Johns River State College to better reflect this 44 status, and 45 WHEREAS, St. Johns River State College continues its 46 comprehensive and educational role by expanding its offerings in 47 academic, workforce development, and adult education areas, as 48 well as community education to better serve area residents, NOW, 49 THEREFORE, 50 51 Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida: 52 53 That February 25, 2018, is recognized as “St. Johns River 54 State College Day,” and the college is celebrated for its 60th 55 anniversary as an outstanding institution of higher education 56 focused on student success. 57 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be 58 presented to Joe H. Pickens, J.D., president of St. Johns River 59 State College, as a tangible token of the sentiments expressed 60 herein.