Polk State Corporate College Achieves International Certification that Recognizes Quality and Efficiency


ThursdPolk State College PSC_Strong_BLK_2Coloray, September 12, 2019 — Polk State Corporate College recently achieved international ISO 9001 certification that recognizes the quality of its programming and efficiency in providing services to its customers, including students and employers who partner with the College for workforce training.

This puts Polk State Corporate College in a category with ISO 9001 certified organizations including SpaceX, Samsung Telecommunications, Intel, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Shell Global, and ExxonMobil.

Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti and the Polk State Corporate College team will receive the ISO 9001 certification award during a presentation that is open to the public and media:

Friday, September 20, 2019, 3 p.m.
Polk State Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center
310 Technology Drive, Bartow, Florida

Tours and demonstrations of the Engineering Technology and Computer Numerically Controlled Machining (CNC)  labs will be available.

“This certification proves to our customers and potential partners that their time and money is maximized when they work with us,” Polk State Corporate College Director Howard Drake said. “They know that their investment is made with a training solutions provider that meets world-class specifications for quality, safety, and efficiency.”

Polk State Corporate College provides approximately 12,000 students each year with high-tech degree programs and short-term training options that fulfill local workforce needs in industries including advanced manufacturing and information technology. Additionally, through partnerships with local businesses including The Mosaic Company, more than 220 apprentices have earned more than 2,000 national certifications through Polk State Corporate College since 2010.

Polk State Corporate College was attracted to the ISO 9001 certification because of its popularity in the manufacturing industry, which Corporate College largely serves through its Advanced Manufacturing Institute, College Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing (CAAM), and Industrial Maintenance and Machining Program.

ISO 9001 is the international standard for quality management systems, which is used by a variety of organizations to demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. The certification also illustrates an organization’s commitment to continuous improvement with annual auditing.

The certification process evaluated Polk State Corporate College’s customer focus, leadership, engagement, process approach, continuous improvement, evidence-based decision making, and relationship management. Two years of hard work to achieve ISO 9001 will culminate during the September 20 certification award presentation.

“Polk State Corporate College’s success in achieving ISO 9001 certification shows that we have our fingers on the pulse of what our students, employers, community, and the College need,” Falconetti said. “We are proud to be a trusted source of quality higher education and workforce training in Polk County.”

About Polk State College

Located in Winter Haven, Florida, and established in 1964, Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving more than 16,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts, and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools. 

Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; and a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.



Dream Center of Lakeland Partners with Office Furniture Depot

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In June, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce shared in its e-newsletter a request from the Dream Center of Lakeland for 16 for-profit businesses to partner with them in purchasing one commercial-grade picnic table each to outfit the Dream Center’s Community Cafe pavilion. This pavilion provides more than 200 youth and adult guests with a place to enjoy a meal, weekly.

The Dream Center is excited to announce that fellow Chamber member, David Boles of Office Furniture Depot, has stepped up as the first investor – even providing use of his company’s loading dock to receive the tables of all other donors. The Dream Center would like to thank David for his commitment to making the City of Lakeland a better place for all to enjoy!

If your company would like to make a donation, please contact Connections Coordinator, Whittney Borem, at wborem@dreamcenterlakeland.org.


New VP of Advancement Ready for Success at Florida Poly

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When Kathleen “Kathy” Bowman became chief development officer of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, the school’s development team was bringing in an average of $4 million per year over a five-year period.

When she left the position of five years last month to become Florida Polytechnic University’s new vice president of advancement, the average was over $22 million per year.

“We ensured best practice and procedures were in place and built a team that could work together supporting students to lead our next generation,” said Bowman, who arrived at Florida Poly on Sept. 6.

She brings her signature energy, focus, and determination to Florida Poly as she begins working to build a high-performing advancement team to help the University reach its strategic growth goals.

“Here at Florida Poly, It’s a clean slate. You’ve got a brand-new University with a great location, with the right vision and mission in this high-tech corridor,” Bowman said. “We have three graduating classes, so there’s not a lot of alumni able to give back a lot of support as they are just starting their careers. What we do have is our community support, and that includes the entire state as well as potential support from private foundations, corporate foundations, and grants, so support is not just in Polk County.”

“We need to continue developing relationships with those who have supported us in the past, forge new and deep partnerships with others and continue sharing stories of our students, alumni and university’s success to date,” Bowman said.

Bowman’s passion for fundraising began many years ago while she focused on a career in finance.

“My entire life I had been a fundraiser serving local non-profits, churches and other organizations in various volunteer positions. I loved the idea of raising money and creating opportunities for these nonprofit organizations,” she said.

Bowman even founded the nonprofit organization Clinton County Ministry of Hope to provide food and other resources for families in need. It grew and eventually had more than 400 volunteers.

“Someone told me ‘Your heart is in fundraising’,” Bowman said.

And it was.

She transitioned from her position as business development officer and branch officer at The Farmers Bank to associate director of development for planned giving at Purdue University.

As Bowman settles in the Lakeland area with her husband, Mike Bowman, and their 75-pound golden doodle, Chessie, the family is eager to be close to relatives nearby. Bowman’s mother, sister, and two of her three sons all live in Florida

However, she is even more excited about building new relationships at Florida Poly.

“I want the University community to know I have an open-door policy,” Bowman said. “I want to get to know as many people as I can as quickly as I can.

“My job is to make the University look good, securing support and investment alongside our advancement team. If we do that, the goals we set will become a reality.”

About Florida Polytechnic University: Florida Polytechnic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is a member of the State University System of Florida. It is the only state university dedicated exclusively to STEM. The University is a powerful economic engine within the state of Florida, blending applied research with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. The campus is located in Lakeland, Florida along the I-4 High Tech Corridor. Connect with Florida Poly.