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Polk State College to host Community Connections in Northeast Polk County


August 29, 2018 — Polk State College will host Community Connections events in Northeast Polk County on Sept. 12 and 13 to bring advising, registration, and financial aid services to neighborhoods in Haines City and Davenport.
“These events are perfect for prospective students and their families to learn about what Polk State has to offer,” Dean of Student Services Larry Pakowski said. “They will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with staff members who will assist them in exploring the pathways available to them at the College to achieve their educational and career goals.”
Upcoming Community Connections events will take place at the following:
Lake Eva Community Room
555 Ledwith Ave., Haines City
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy
1775 Sand Mine Road, Davenport
Thursday, Sept. 13, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Polk State recently announced the expansion of services in Northeast Polk County at Ridge Community High School, where the College will increase its afternoon, evening, and weekend courses for adults seeking Associate in Arts degrees.
For fall 2018, the site will offer nine classes in the afternoons and evenings, including literature, composition, math, psychology, and world religions courses. These 12-week courses begin Sept. 17. Prospective students may submit an online application to the College at Currently enrolled students may register through their PASSPORT accounts.
College administrators are working to determine additional courses to offer at Ridge Community High in spring 2019 and future semesters based on the needs of students.
Paired with Polk State’s online course offerings, the availability of classes at Ridge
Community High will allow residents of Northeast Polk to complete Associate in Arts
degrees without ever leaving their community.
For more information about Community Connections events, please contact Stephanie Benton at or 863.837.5940.
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.


Polk State College Manufacturing Boot Camp


BARTOW, FL: Polk State College will be offering a manufacturing boot camp at the Clear Springs campus in Bartow, Florida, starting September 10th and running until October 12th. It will include the following certifications/credentials:

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council – Certified Production Technician (MSSC-CPT)

Occupational Safety and  Health Administration (OSHA 10)

The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) – Mechanical Components 1

This course is at no cost to our students!

If you have never attended an orientation before, please bring your driver’s license, birth certificate, and social security card. You will also be expected to take a 50 question math and reading assessment which is required by our grant for admission to the class.

We will be offering two orientations to choose from.

9/4           8:30 am – 12:30 pm

9/5           1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

These will be held at the Clear Springs campus  Call me (see address and contact information in my signature below)  or Shela (297-1010 ext. 4680) and let us know which orientation you’d like to attend.


Countywide College Career Fair in September

career fair





POLK COUNTY, FL – On behalf of all the colleges and universities in Polk county, you are invited to the first annual Countywide College Career Fair, which will host students from all Polk county institutions of higher education! The event will be on Friday, September 28th from 9am-1pm at the Polk State College Lakeland campus. Below you’ll find the link to register through Handshake. You will need to set up a free account with Handshake (if you don’t have one already), but after that the registration process should be simple.

Please be advised that first priority will be given to companies who have opportunities in Polk county. If there is still space at the event after those employers have registered, then companies with opportunities outside the county will be able to attend as well. 

If you are having issues with Handshake, please contact Kristen Fowler at

If you have any questions about the fair itself, please feel free to reach out to Devyn Montalvo (info below). Thank you for your continued interest in our students.

Devyn Montalvo, MSW

Director of Career Services & Community Outreach

Webber International University

Ph  (863) 638-2964

Fax (863) 638-2823