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The Association was organized in 1949 as the Florida Association of Public Junior Colleges by the presidents of Florida's first four public junior colleges. Its mission was to unite the colleges for the purpose of helping the Florida Legislature understand the junior college mission and to advocate for Florida's public junior colleges in the development of the state's long-range plan for higher education.
Since 1949, the Association's mission and purposes have grown in scope as has the Association itself. In 1971, the Association became the Association for Florida Colleges and is the most original organization serving any community college system in the nation. AFC is the only community college Association which represents all employees, presidents, trustees associated with a community college system.
Today, all 28 of the state's community colleges support the work of the Association through institutional dues as do more than 9,000 individual community college employees and retirees through individual memberships and the sharing of their talents, time and energy.