Category Archives: Announcements


Southeastern University Receives Accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools

LAKELAND, Fla. – The School of Divinity at Southeastern University recently obtained accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) for its graduate programs.

“The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) accreditation has been the highest standard of accreditation for seminaries and graduate theological and ministerial education for over one hundred years and requires a rigorous approval process that demonstrates accredited schools provide and maintain the highest standards of academic excellence for their students,” said Dr. Alan Ehler, dean of the Barnett College of Ministry and Theology.

The association is a membership organization of more than 270 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in theological disciplines. 

“ATS normally requires newly accredited schools to have the next evaluation visit in five years, but they demonstrated their recognition of the excellence of SEU’s School of Divinity by not requiring our next review for the maximum of seven years,” said Ehler. “This is a great credit to the School of Divinity chair, Dr. Melissa Archer, and the entire faculty.”


Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida’s American Flags Fly High!

May 26, 2020, Winter Haven – Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida now has lighted flagpoles installed at all of its 8 locations.  We firmly believe during this time of uncertainty during the COVID-19 crisis that showing our unity within our communities is a top priority. Flying our American flag honors our military veterans, those still actively serving, and celebrates our wonderful country all at the same time.

The simple gesture of flying the American flag at our locations is to show our patients and neighbors that despite any pandemic or other unforeseeable event, we are still united as one. We invite our patients to visit our locations to see our flags and while you are there to take advantage of our Vision Valet Service. This service allows for patients with eyewear needs to be helped curbside while practicing social distancing.

We are proud that all our flag poles were up and installed in time for Memorial Day in order to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us to fly our flag. With Flag Day just around the corner, we wanted to share the news of our newest additions to all of our locations.  At Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida we will always be proud to fly “Old Glory” and all that she stands for!

“We are excited about the flagpole additions to all of our locations and hope that our patients will appreciate our continued desire to show unity within our communities,” said Brian Ehrlich, CEO of Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida.


Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida, P.A. is a multispecialty eye clinic that has provided outstanding eye care for over 50 years. Our five ophthalmologists and 12 optometrists provide services at eight locations ranging from ophthalmology, optometry, glaucoma, Lasik, laser surgery, treatment of cataracts, eyelid lifts, a full range of eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, sunglasses, frame repair, and optical accessories. Eye Specialists’ mission is to provide the highest quality and most technologically advanced eye care with compassion and integrity. Visit us online at


SPCA Florida Hiring at Campus of Kindness

Lakeland FL – SPCA Florida is committed to enriching the lives of people and pets in our community through a Network of Hope.  SPCA Florida has been helping animals and their families for over 40 years and are committed to serving the community through education, outreach, and support services.

At SPCA Florida, our strength is our staff.  And, caring for animals is more than just a job, it’s our passion.

SPCA Florida is looking to add to their team of dedicated, innovative, and compassionate people who work tirelessly to care for every animal.  Our Campus of Kindness is growing to meet the demands of the community and the animals we serve. Employment opportunities include Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, Adoption and Animal Care personnel and Canine team members.

SPCA Florida offers nationally competitive wages, benefits, a 403(b) plan, paid time off, and six (6) paid holidays. Starting pay is based on experience and education. If you are looking for a rewarding career in animal welfare, we want you!

SPCA Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug-Free Work Place.

Positions available at www.spcaflorida/employment

We work together to make a difference in the lives of animals.


About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland, serving all of Polk County and the surrounding communities. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 4,300 homeless animals entering our doors each year.


Open to the public, our Reva McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.


Simplistically, every $100 donated to SPCA Florida, or essentially the cost of an average adoption, equates to $3,000 worth of positive economic impact throughout Polk County, Central Florida, and the state.  Additionally, we are proud of the fact that 92% of every dollar goes to program resources and helping homeless animals.


CareerSource Polk Urgently Seeks Additional Worksites for its Summer Youth Employment Program

As COVID-19 progressed, companies have had to withdraw internship
opportunities intended for Polk County’s young workforce.
BARTOW, Fla., June 2, 2020 – CareerSource Polk is seeking employers to enroll as worksites for its Young Leaders Program. The internship-based initiative provides businesses with qualified interns for up to 10 weeks during the summer while CareerSource Polk covers their wages. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, companies that typically bring on multiple interns have had to reduce the number of positions available to participants, resulting in a shortage of work opportunities.
The Young Leaders Program, which serves ages 16-24, plays a critical role in developing and equipping a young workforce. In addition to resume building and career planning services, participants also gain hands-on experience through specialized training opportunities. Many participants achieve full-time employment with the companies where they have interned.
“The Young Leaders Program is a win-win for both the employers and the interns. Interns gain hands-on experience, while companies are able to groom their workforce,” says Eshia Smith, the Young Leaders Program Manager at CareerSource Polk. “We strive to offer a wide range of work experiences. Whether you are a public, private, or not-for-profit organization, we are eager to partner with you.” The Summer Youth Employment Program begins on June 1, 2020 and new worksites will continually be brought on to ensure that all qualified applicants are assigned to a company. The program concludes on August 7, 2020.
To become a Young Leaders Worksite, contact Eshia Smith at 863-508-1100 x 3320 or visit our website:

About CareerSource Polk
CareerSource Polk is a private, non-profit administrator of workforce funds. Its mission is to be the innovative leader to ensure and sustain a quality workforce for today and the future. For more information, visit CareerSource Polk is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.


CareerSource Polk Awarded $2 Million Grant Through United Way of Central Florida and Polk County to Provide Economic Relief for Polk County Residents

Polk County Unites grant allows qualified applicants to receive financial assistance of $2,000 per household.

BARTOW, Fla., June 1, 2020 – CareerSource Polk announces that it is one of several organizations selected by United Way of Central Florida to assist in the distribution of the Polk County Unites grant. The financial assistance is designated for individuals who were furloughed, laid off, or who have lost wages due to COVID-19. Grant funds
are provided through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and awarded to CareerSource Polk through United Way of Central Florida and Polk County.
In April, Polk County’s unemployment rate reached 13.4% , leaving many residents struggling to pay monthly bills.
With the Polk County Unites grant, applicants can apply for a one-time disbursement of $2,000 per household.
The financial assistance can be used for a wide range of needs including:
? Housing
? Utilities
? Food
? Child/ Dependent Care
? Adult Care
? Transportation
? Prescriptions or Medical Supplies not covered
by Medicaid
? COVID-19 testing (if required by an employer)
? Other Emergency Needs
Eligible individuals must be Polk County residents who can demonstrate lost income or employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting documentation is also required. “We are truly thankful for the opportunity to partner with United Way of Central Florida and Polk County,” says Stacy Campbell-Domineck, CareerSource Polk’s CEO. “We have continued to provide uninterrupted services to
our customers throughout COVID-19 and every day our staff receives calls from individuals who are not sure how they are going to make ends meet. By providing them with direct financial assistance, we are helping to ease that burden.”
Financial assistance will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis for eligible applicants.
To apply online, visit:
Individuals who do not have computer access are encouraged to call 863-508-1600 x 1113 for assistance.

About CareerSource Polk
CareerSource Polk is a private, non-profit administrator of workforce funds. Its mission is to be the innovative
leader to ensure and sustain a quality workforce for today and the future. For more information, visit CareerSource Polk is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services
are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be
reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.