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Principal of the Ferncourt High School in St. Ann, Rev. Lenworth Sterling (3rd left); and Former Commissioner of Police, and past student of the institution, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin (2nd right), share a moment with board members of the newly formed South Florida Chapter of the Ferncourt High School Alumni Association, at the launch of the body on Saturday (Nov. 6) at the Sunshine Ballroom in Fort Lauderdale. They are: Secretary, Dr. Raymond Ramsay (left); Treasurer, Shawn Brown-Whilby; Board member, Hugh Bryan (3rd right) and President, Peter Scott.After three months of planning, the past students of Ferncourt High School finally saw their goal become reality with the launch of the South Florida chapter last Saturday (November 6) at the Sunshine Ballroom in Fort Lauderdale.Newly appointed President, Peter Scott, told JIS Newsthat as the same time that activities were being planned for a grand past student reunion at the school's St. Ann campus in July, several alumni members resident in South Florida began toying with the idea of forming an association to help in the development of their alma mater.
Two scholarships are being offered to students in South Florida and in Jamaica, by the Jamaica Ex-Police Association of South Florida (JEPA), as part of its annual scholarship award program.Applications are now being accepted by the Association. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2010.
 Joint effort by alumni associations to walk for Jamaica’s education development. On Saturday (Dec. 4), the Coalition of Jamaican Alumni Associations (CJAA) in South Florida will come together for its first annual All Alumni Walkathon at the Vincent Torres Park in Lauderdale Lakes.The 5-K Marathon (nearly five miles) will begin at 8 a.m. and is the first joint event of the local alumni chapters in South Florida, since the inauguration earlier, in September at the general meeting in Fort Lauderdale.
Eighty applicants vying for the position of president at Florida Memorial University might learn of their standing in the national search sooner than expected. “The Presidential Search Committee plans to narrow down the list of candidates within the next thirty days,” confirmed local attorney JoLinda Herring, Esq., chair of the Search Committee and member of the Florida Memorial University Board of Trustees. “All of the applicants have excellent reputations and are leaders in the academic community,” she continued.
To accommodate working professionals and adults with active lifestyles, Miami Dade College (MDC) now offers students a chance to earn credits toward a degree on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning in the spring 2011 term.   “This is a great option for busy individuals who want to get an education but desperately need the flexible arrangements to do so,” said Dr. Ana Cruz, interim executive director of MDC’s West Campus. “We have a team of academic advisors who will work with the students to determine if this Weekend College is the best option for them.”
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