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Florida Community College at Jacksonville
The Florida Community College at Jacksonville ("FCCJ") is located in Jacksonville, Florida. It has five campuses in the Jacksonville area, and five additional centers which host classes and programs for students.
FCCJ is the northern terminal of the Jacksonville Skyway.
North Campus, located off Dunn Avenue on the Northside, was built in 1970, and has the facilities for many of FCCJ's health, cosmetology, and culinary programs. The Criminal Justice Center, on the west end of the campus, was built collaboratively with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office , and regularly hosts training events that draws law enforcement personel from around the state. The main complex of North Campus is notable for its three-story, semi-closed courtyard design, and unique two-story cylindrical tower (actually an elevator shaft) at one end. Some say that this gives the campus the appearance of a castle.
Kent Campus, originally known as Cumberland Campus, opened in 1966 using over 100 World War II-era housing units as classrooms. Cumberland was later renamed after Fred H. Kent, a prominent Jacksonville attorney, and the first Chairman of the FCCJ District Board of Trustees. In 1979, the buildings that were still structurally sound went into service as residential housing in the community. Kent Campus was rebuilt in an all-brick, closed courtyard design, gaining it a reputation over the years as an aesthetically pleasing area in an urban environment.
South Campus has been extensively developed over the years from its core building, a three-story, flat-topped, concrete cube, into a sprawling complex with a nearly circular drive around the perimeter. It is home to the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts, which consists of a large auditorium complex along with several outlying buildings for faculty offices, classrooms, labs, and practice rooms. This has made South Campus into FCCJ's center for theater and artistic programs. The STARS teams for men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, and women's tennis are based out of the 2,000-seat sports center. President Bush's January 2005 visit to Jacksonville included a speaking stop in this facility.
Downtown Campus represents FCCJ's academic presence in the heart of Jacksonville's urban core. Many of the programs offered at Downtown Campus are vocational in nature, such as building construction and automotive repair . Other programs focus on GED, high school completion, adult literacy, and English as a Second Language (ESL).
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