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They are administrators, nurses, public service workers and teachers, and they all have at least one thing in common:degrees from Central Florida Community College.

Since its beginning in 1984 as a joint-use facility with Lecanto High, CFCC has awarded thousands of diplomas. Most are two-year associate of arts degrees, which prepare students to advance to state universities.

But CFCC offers four-year and master's degrees through programs sponsored by state universities and colleges. The University of Florida in Gainesville and Saint Leo College offer extension programs at CFCC.

One CFCC graduate who has taken full advantage of the advanced curriculum is Justine Hauscheer of Beverly Hills, an administrative assistant to CFCC provost Dr. Frank Wright.

Hauscheer was among the first students to enroll at CFCC when it opened.

"I've been here since the first day of the first term," she said. "And I was the first person to get an A.A. degree here."

Hauscheer has continued her education at CFCC. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education through an extension program offered then by the University of South Florida. Saint Leo College now offers a similar program.

With two degrees, she went for her master's degree in adult education and she got it _ where else? Through a program offered at CFCC.

Another CFCC grad is Jeff Knudsen of Crystal River, who was enrolled in the paramedic training program from 1990-1991. Knudsen continued his education at CFCC through an expansion program offered by the University of Florida. He now works as a registered nurse in Spring Hill.

"CFCC is a good place to get your start in college education," he said.

The list of CFCC graduates in Citrus includes many community leaders. School Superintendent James Hughes earned an A.A. in administration. Sheriff's Capt. Jeff Dawsy earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice through Saint Leo College in 1982. Marlon Lightfoot, director of the Nature Coast Chamber of Commerce in Crystal River, earned an A.A. degree in business administration in 1989.