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Cindy Jara was only 10 years old when she first walked onto the campus of the University of Florida. The bright-eyed 5th-grader gaped at the tall buildings and tried out the twin bed in her sister Diana’s dorm room, eagerly taking in every detail. “We were helping move my sister…

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Posted: February 11, 2021

Like most of America, Adam Schwartz,  B.S. Advertising 1997, was alarmed when he watched George Floyd die at the hands of police officers on the streets of Minneapolis. He decided then that he needed to focus some of his time on combatting the problem, so he started “Being Racist is STUPID!”

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Posted: January 27, 2021

“At the end of the day, if you don't bet on yourself, why should anybody else?” Galey Gravenstein says. “You know what you're capable of, you know how hard you're willing to work, what hours you're willing to put in. You know how you hustle. You know you're smart and you don't give up."

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Posted: November 22, 2020

Turn on the Black News Channel in almost any part of the United States and you’ll likely catch a glimpse of Brittany Jones, B.S., Telecommunications 2010, whose new job as a reporter, anchor and talk show hostess gives her a platform to inform, engage and assist Black people.

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Posted: September 27, 2020

Rahn knew she was meant to write, to be a Florida Gator, and to move to New York after graduating. She had to get there. And she did.

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Posted: September 14, 2020

CJC alumnus Michael Monahan shares how COVID-19 has affected operations and culture at his Orlando-based integrated marketing agency.

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Posted: September 2, 2020

A smart, savvy businessman with enough energy to light up his hometown of Atlanta, Roy Broderick Jr., B.S. Telecommunication 2012, is changing the way businesses see and market to Black and LGBTQIA communities, all while connecting with University of Florida alumni and helping guide the next generation.

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Posted: August 31, 2020

“Find your niche and stay there.” Kamelya Hinson,clearly remembers those words from a professor when she was a Telecommunication major at CJC. And that’s exactly what she did.

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Posted: August 27, 2020

Julissa Calderon’s journey from the University of Florida to being cast in a Netflix series was not one without its hurdles. A Dominican born in New York and raised in Miami, Julissa gravitated toward the arts throughout her school years, but when she got to high school and college she decided to shift away from them. 

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Posted: August 21, 2020

From December 2007 until June 2009, the U.S. was in the middle of what came to be known as The Great Recession, the most severe economic recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. We asked CJC alumni who graduated in the midst of the Great Recession to share their…

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Posted: May 28, 2020

Battling a life-threatening illness is challenging in any circumstances, but the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated things further for patients. When Atlanta TV news station CBS46 reporter Melissa Stern, B.S. Telecommunication 2011, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer, she turned to writing about her experiences to cope.

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Posted: May 18, 2020

Christine Morrison was in the midst of an online graduate class in social media when her company launched an online challenge to help feed those in need. The skills she learned had immediate application, even before the semester ended.

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Posted: April 30, 2020

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