Category Archives: Announcements


Polk State College Celebrates Successful 2019 Legislative Session

Winter Haven, June 21, 2019 — Polk State College is celebrating the preservation of funding for the Polk State JD Alexander Center, the College’s Lake Wales Campus, and the College’s success in securing recurring operational support during the 2019 Legislative Session.

Governor Ron DeSantis signed the 2019-2020 state budget Friday, which includes the $2.5 million-line item titled Polk State College Access to Academic and Workforce Programs used to staff and operate the Lake Wales Campus. The College was also victorious in securing $1.25 million in recurring operational funds to reduce the advisor-to-student ratio, support the Pathways Initiative, and enhance campus safety and security.

“We are incredibly grateful to Governor DeSantis, the Polk County Legislative Delegation, and members of the Polk County community for supporting our students,” Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti said. “Thanks to the advocacy of local businesses, chambers of commerce, economic development councils, community partners, and more, a Polk State education will remain in reach for all residents of Polk County.”

The preservation of $2.5 million to operate Polk State’s Lake Wales Campus allows the College to continue to serve approximately 1,100 students each year at the location. In a county where 38 percent of residents are transportation disadvantaged and at a campus where 44 percent of students receive federal need-based Pell Grants, preserving Polk State’s presence in rural southeast Polk County provides access to quality higher education and workforce education in a largely underserved region.

Polk State and the Polk County community will also benefit greatly from the $1.25 million budgeted for recurring operational support, which will expand initiatives proven to boost student retention and completion, including further reducing the advisor-to-student ratio and fostering faculty mentoring, internship, and experiential learning opportunities. In the fall, the College will implement the Pathways Initiative – a comprehensive strategy designed to help students navigate the most direct path from their first classes to graduation. Additionally, part of the recurring operational support will be used to increase the presence of armed deputies at all Polk State locations.

While the 2019 Legislative Session was largely successful for Polk State, the College did not receive Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds to address much-needed renovations to Building 4 on the Winter Haven Campus. Additionally, none of the state colleges received PECO funds for maintenance of facilities, leaving Polk State $716,000 short on funding to address minor repairs and maintenance for more than 2 million square feet of facility space.

“The College is looking carefully at all aspects of the budget in light of the issues related to PECO funding,” Falconetti said. “Our goal is to ensure that Polk State remains a safe, quality institution of learning for our community.”

She pointed to Polk State’s 96.9 percent job-placement and continuing-education rate, as well as the 70 percent of Polk State students who remain in Polk County after graduation.

“The College’s success is the success of Polk County and the state of Florida,” Falconetti said. “It is important that we continue to advocate in the best interest of our students which will, in turn, foster the economic development and positive growth of our community.”

“We are honored that our Governor, our legislators, and our community understand the critical role Polk State plays in building a bright future for the state of Florida,” she added. “Together, we will continue to transform lives one student at a time as we move ahead into another prosperous year for Polk State College.”

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.


SR Construction Services LLC Announcements



May 15th, 2019 – SR Construction Services LLC and Saltz Michelson Architects have been
announced by FoundCare as the selected construction consortium for their
important upcoming project located at 5867 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
The design build project consists of re-purposing an existing structure. Some of the details
are to completely remodel the entire 2nd level into much needed office space and converting
a portion of the 1st floor into patient care space for those in need of unmet healthcare.
FoundCare Inc. is a very prominent Palm Beach county non profit organization whose
mission to fulfill unmet healthcare and social service needs of individuals and families. We
here at SR Construction Services and Saltz Michelson Architects always enjoy working with
these vital non-profits who do so much good for the community.
SR Construction Services is also humbled to be announced as a nominated finalist (top 3) in
the 2019 Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Construction division – Best of Broward
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The Dream Center of Lakeland Seeking Business Partners

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The Dream Center of Lakeland is currently seeking 16 for-profit business partners, interested in purchasing a picnic table for the Dream Center of Lakeland Community Cafe Pavilion. These picnic tables will be used for weekly community block parties, Saturday morning children’s breakfasts, as well as a variety of other programs throughout the month – all for the at-risk citizens in our city. An investment of $700 will provide the Dream Center with one 8’ metal picnic table that will become a fixture in the pavilion and will be adorned with a small permanent plaque, signifying the name name of the donor company.

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For more information, please contact Connections Coordinator, Whittney Borem, at<> or 863.413.0088



SPCA Florida Mega Adoption Success

Lakeland, FL— SPCA Florida Mega Adoption Event on Saturday, June 8th at RP Funding Center in Lakeland, FL was a huge success.  Two Hundred Ninety-Four wonderful furry companions found their new forever homes – big dogs, small dogs, senior pets, adult cats, puppies and a whole lot of kittens.

With an adoption fee of just $20.00, many families were able to give a pet a new home and a new life.  All animals were spayed/neutered, microchipped, and up to date on vaccinations.

SPCA Florida partnered with Polk County Animal Control, local Veterinary Clinics, and Polk County Humane Society to bring Polk County’s homeless animals together for this event.

“We were thrilled at the outpour of support from our community,” said SPCA Florida Executive Director, Shelley Thayer. “Over 1,000 people turned out to find a forever friend and save a life”.

Sponsors who have made this event possible include Petco Foundation in partnership with BOBS From Skechers, Petfinder Foundation, and Lakeland Automall.


About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida exists to eliminate animal suffering and engage the entire community in the welfare and well-being of animals. SPCA Florida will help and heal 70,000 dogs and cats through its McClurg Animal Medical Center and provide direct care for 6,500 animals through its Adoption Center this year. Ani-Meals, which provides food and medical care for animals of homebound families, helps thousands more dogs and cats each year.