Category Archives: Community Info & Events


College & Career Committee Needs Your Help to Support Polk Students

[Editor’s note: Those of us who were able to attend or hear our Polk County Mayors Roundtable this morning know the amount of discussion that centered around supporting students in our education system. This Web site was shared on my Facebook wall, and I wanted to pass it along to all of you.  Share, give if you can, invest in our future workforce.]


The College and Career Committee was created in an effort to preserve the positions of College and Career Specialists in Polk County High Schools. Following the severe budget cuts at the beginning of this year, the Academic Boosters Club of George Jenkins High School became concerned when it was announced that all College and Career positions would be eliminated. Realizing that this would have a detrimental effect on the student population the Academic Booster Club decided to join forces with high schools across Polk County in an effort to save this program.

Polk County College and Career specialists work tirelessly to guide our students in their choices beyond high school. We have come to realize what an important role they have to play in the form of professional guidance to our public high schools students. We hope that you too will choose to join us in supporting this program that that is so vital to the future of our students.

The College and Career specialists in our high schools have the unique ability to show these students how to pursue career goals, and ultimately make a positive contribution to our society.

Mission Statement

  • To promote academic achievement and excellence.
  • To assist school administration in creating an atmosphere where academic achievement and success is the central mission for all students.

CCC Belief

The academic achievement and success of our students is the responsibility of many people. We believe the College and Career Programs in our public high schools are a necessary element in the formula for student success and continued economic recovery. They provide the students with the guidance and direction needed in selecting a college and career path. This guidance is key to a student’s future as well as to our current economic recovery. A highly skilled workforce means lower unemployment, increased tax revenue and strong economic competitiveness.

Your Invitation

We invite you to invest in the professional guidance that our College and Career Programs provide in our public high schools, which is a necessary element in the formula for student success and continued economic recovery. The necessary funds are an average of $60,000 per school per year.


PolkWorks & Polk County Education Foundation Reward Young Leaders

On Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. Polk Works Young Leaders will hold the Annual Celebration of Achievement Event at Polk State College – Lakeland Campus, LTB Auditorium.

Over 100 Polk County youth will be honored at this year’s event.  Polk Works Young Leaders partnered with the Polk County Education Foundation to identify eligible Polk County students participating in the Young Leaders program whose academic record was above average and wanted to pursue post-secondary education upon graduation.  Six participants were selected to receive pre-paid college scholarships.

Polk Works Young Leaders will continue working to identify outstanding students who have a desire to continue their education.The Young Leaders Program is open to youth ages 16 to 21 who are in need of employment, training and educational assistance. Income guidelines apply. For more information on this program and other youth training programs offered by Polk Works Young Leaders, please call 863-508-1100, ext 3320.


Polk County Amateur Golf Championships August 6-7

More than 100 of the top men’s amateur golf players will tee it up for the Championship Title in one of Polk County’s most prestigious golf events. This year, players, sponsors and spectators will gather at the beautiful Lake Region Yacht & Country Club in Winter Haven for the 35th annual event.

All proceeds from the Polk County Amateur Championship directly benefit the Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc., Girls Inc., Winter Haven and The First Tee of Lakeland.

As a part of the Championship event, the planning committee is proud to carry on the newest tradition with the 5th Annual Polk County Amateur Team Championship. Participation of local clubs is encouraged! Contact your golf pro for more information.

To learn more about the Championship, and how you can support the associated charities, contact planning committee member Drew Gillan @ (863) 288-2215. To find out about eligibility requirements for player entries, contact the Lake Region Pro Shop @ (863) 324-4579.


Flying Tigers to Host Annual July 4th Celebration at Joker Marchant Stadium

The Lakeland Flying Tigers will host the 4th of July celebration at Joker Marchant Stadium on Monday, July 4.  Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for the best seat locations and to avoid lines.  Tickets for July 4th are available by calling the Flying Tigers at (863) 686-8075.  Box seats are $7 and reserved seats are $6 and seniors 55 and over and children 14 and under receive a $1.00 discount.  Parking is FREE.

The Flying Tigers will take on the Dunedin Blue Jays in a Florida State League north-division match-up.  Game time is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and the gates to Marchant Stadium will open at 4:00 p.m.   During the game the Flying Tigers will have holiday picnic themed games, contests, music and fun.  The team will be wearing special patriotic red, white and blue jerseys. There will also be live music following the game.

The dueling fireworks spectacular will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.  There will be two amazing fireworks displays skyrocketing at the same time choreographed to patriotic music.  The shows are sponsored by The City of Lakeland, Lakeland Electric, The Ledger and Hall Communications and will be displayed by Bell’s Fireworks Display Company.

The Flying Tigers are a Class A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.  For more information please visit the Flying Tigers online at


Great Things Happen in Polk Schools… Just Look at the Hall of Fame!

Last Friday, the Polk County School District was proud to induct four former students into it’s Hall of Fame. Now 99 strong, the Hall of Fame began in 1985. This year, the Chamber proudly nominated Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina. Senator Hagan is a 1971 graduate of Lakeland High School and the sister of 2010 Board Chair Joe L. Ruthven.

In addition to Senator Hagan, inductees included Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields, Polk County Education Administrator Ed Jeffries and retired crime investigator, Edgar Pickett, Jr.

Read more about these folks in The Ledger.