Category Archives: Member Announcements

22May/18

Polk State College partners with Complete Florida offering degree finishing assistance

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Polk State College is partnering with Complete Florida as one of their institutions in their program designed to help adults who have college credit, but no degree, to go back to school and finish. This program provides additional support services such as scholarships, advising, career advising, and mentorship to help potential students enter online degree programs across the state and complete their education.

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18May/18

Polk State’s collegiate high schools celebrate graduating classes of 2018

Winter Haven, May, 17, 2018 — Nearly 400 students are receiving their high school diplomas from Polk State College’s three collegiate high schools this month, although many already have their college degrees in hand.

Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School will graduate its 11th class Friday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the Polk State Winter Haven Health Center, 999 Ave. H, N.E.

Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School will graduate its 14th class Tuesday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Polk State Winter Haven Health Center.

And Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate High School will graduate its fifth class on Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m., also in the Polk State Winter Haven Health Center.

Polk State’s charter high schools allow students to simultaneously complete requirements for their high school diplomas while earning college credits. In many cases, students graduate with both their high school diplomas and Associate in Arts degrees.

The majority of students graduating from the collegiate high schools received their college degrees during Polk State’s 118th commencement ceremony May 3.

“We are extraordinarily proud of our high school graduates, who have demonstrated great dedication to their academics and an unwavering commitment to community service, among other great achievements,” President Angela Garcia Falconetti said.

“I am certain our graduates will continue to make us proud as they move on to higher levels of education and careers, which Polk State’s collegiate high schools have well prepared them for,” she exclaimed. “Congratulations to the classes of 2018!”

Here is a detailed look at the 2018 graduating classes:

Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School

 160 graduates.

 108 graduates received a Polk State Associate in Arts degree.

 99 graduates have a high school grade-point average (GPA) of 4.0 or greater.

 The average student earned 56 college credits.

 The class completed 38,095 community service hours.

 The class earned more than $2.8 million in scholarships.

 Graduates will continue their education at all State University System institutions, Stetson University, Colorado State University, University of Tennessee, Louisiana State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Miami, Polk State College, and more.

 Sujena and Rehana Koilpillai are co-valedictorians. Both have a 4.691 GPA.

 Gabrielle Figueroa is salutatorian with a 4.656 GPA.

Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School

 144 graduates.

 103 graduates received a Polk State Associate in Arts degree.

 86 graduates have a high school grade-point average (GPA) of 4.0 or greater.

 The average student earned 59.6 college credits.

 The class completed 25,830 community service hours.

 The class earned more than $2.7 million in scholarships.

 Graduates will continue their education at Dartmouth College, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, University of Florida, Florida State University, Louisiana State University, Colorado State University, Emory University, Polk State College, and more.

 Kaitlyn Kelley is valedictorian with a 4.739 GPA.

 Harrison Chen is salutatorian with a 4.728 GPA.

Polk State Lakeland Gateway to Collegiate High School

 83 graduates.

 12 graduates received a Polk State Associate in Arts degree.

 8 graduates have a high school grade-point average (GPA) of 4.0 or greater.

 The average student earned 37 college credits.

 The class completed 8,227 community service hours.

 The class earned approximately $650,000 in scholarships.

 Graduates will continue their education at University of Florida, University of South Florida, University of Central Florida, University of Miami, Johnson and Wales University, Flagler College, Saint Leo University, Nova Southeastern University, Lynn University, Valdosta State University, Clemson University, Polk State College, and more.

 Sydney Owens is valedictorian with a 4.621 GPA.

 Kelly Kanungo is salutatorian with a 4.277 GPA.

The collegiate high schools have had a successful year. Polk State Chain of Lakes and Polk State Lakeland Collegiate received A grades for the 2016-2017 school year and retained their designations as high-performing charter schools for the third consecutive year. They also ranked No. 1 out of 448 public high schools in Florida for their 100 percent four-year graduation rates.

And while Polk State Lakeland Gateway to Collegiate does not receive a school grade from the Florida Department of Education as per its charter, it does receive a school

improvement rating, which was “commendable” for 2016-2017. This is the highest rating achievable and Lakeland Gateway to Collegiate was the only school in Polk County to achieve this status.

Polk State Lakeland Gateway to Collegiate’s charter was recently renewed for five years by the Polk County School Board and Polk State Lakeland Collegiate recently earned reaccreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. All three of Polk State’s charter high schools hold NCA CASI accreditation through AdvancED.

For more information about Polk State’s collegiate high schools, visit www.polk.edu/charter-high-schools.

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.

 

16May/18

Polk County’s Official Visitor Information Center Will Host “Celebrate Summer” Day on Saturday, June 2 in Davenport

BOGO Ticket Specials: Buy one LEGOLAND® Florida Resort or Bok Tower Gardens ticket and get one free, for tickets purchased at the event.

Davenport, FL (May 15, 2018) – Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center will kick off the summer travel season by hosting “Celebrate Summer” Day on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Visitors and residents are invited to come and explore all that Central Florida has to offer in family fun and activities at this free, family-friendly event. There will be games, prize giveaways, bounce houses for kids, booths and displays by Safari Wilderness Ranch, Bok Tower Gardens and Mulberry Phosphate Museum, plus numerous craft and specialty vendors. Food will be available for purchase from local vendors.

Both LEGOLAND Florida Resort and Bok Tower Gardens will feature special “Buy One, Get One Free” offers on tickets purchased during the event. Attraction tickets sold at Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center are already discounted, making this “buy one, get one” special an especially attractive offer. Note: the “buy one, get one” special on tickets is limited to the first 150 tickets sold.

Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center, which sells discounted attraction tickets for many Central Florida attractions (including LEGOLAND Florida Resort), is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week and is located at 101 Adventure Court in Davenport (along U.S. Highway 27), a half-mile south of I-4 at Exit 55. For more information call (863) 420-2586.

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About Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing:

Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing (known nationally as Visit Central Florida), is the official destination marketing organization for Polk County, Florida, and specializes in helping visitors plan a fun-filled Central Florida vacation. www.VisitCentralFlorida.org

 

14May/18

Governor Reappoints Turner and Martinez to PSC District Board of Trustees

BOT-Mark G. Turner_preview BOT-TeresaMartinez_previewWinter Haven, May 14, 2018 — Governor Rick Scott has reappointed Mark Turner and Teresa Martinez to the Polk State College District Board of Trustees for terms through May 2021.

Turner has served on the Board since August 2011 and Martinez has served on the Board since August 2009. Turner is currently Board Chair, a position that Martinez has also held during her tenure.

“I am thrilled about Chair Turner and Trustee Martinez’s reappointments and the opportunity to continue working closely with them to provide access to quality education in Polk County,” President Angela Garcia Falconetti said.

The District Board of Trustees is made up of members who are vested with oversight of all College policies, including matters related to programs, building, finances, and personnel.

Florida’s governor appoints the members, who serve without compensation. All appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Turner, a Winter Haven native and lawyer, is past president of the Polk State College Foundation and the Greater Winter Haven Area Chamber of Commerce.

He has also held leadership roles with the Community Foundation of Greater Winter Haven, Girls Inc., Main Street Winter Haven, American Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity.

“Chair Turner’s reappointment is a testament to his unwavering commitment to Polk State and the greater community,” Falconetti said. “His leadership continues to propel our institution forward toward a bright future filled with opportunities for our students and the residents of Polk County.”

Martinez, a Polk State alumna and native of Cuba, is president and founder of the Institute of Spanish Communication Inc. She has served on the board of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, Imperial Symphony Orchestra, and the Hispanic Club of Lakeland. She is also a graduate of Leadership Lakeland and Leadership Polk.

Falconetti noted Martinez’s support of the College’s goal of becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution, which would make all Polk State students eligible for federal grants that assist first-generation and low-income Hispanic students. To become a Hispanic Serving Institution, a college’s enrollment must be at least 25 percent Hispanic. Polk State’s Hispanic student population grew from 19 percent to 21 percent last year.

“Trustee Martinez is an inspiration for all students, especially Hispanic students as a result of her numerous successes as an immigrant,” Falconetti said. “As we move our institution closer to the goal of becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution, Trustee Martinez’s representation on the Board is as important as ever.”

“I am sincerely thankful for Chair Turner and Trustee Martinez’s service and leadership,” she added. “Together with the fellow Board members, we will continue to exceed the goals for our institution, enhancing higher education opportunities across 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.

11May/18

Learning Resource Center of Polk County Presents 2018 Summer Program Lineup

POLK COUNTY, FLA. (May 10, 2018) – The Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. (LRC) unveils its lineup of 2018 summer enrichment programs for kindergarten through high school levels.

Rising and repeating kindergartners can gain the skills necessary for school at Camp READY! featuring multi-sensory learning experiences in an engaging format at ten locations throughout Polk County. Camps will take place for four weeks during June 4-July 27, 2018. Dates and times vary by site. The cost is $25 for the entire month.

Elementary students have multiple options with Camp Discovery at All Saints Academy in Winter Haven, PEP Super Summer Science Camp at the Public Education Partnership Center in Winter Haven and Super Summer Success at South McKeel Academy in Lakeland, all beginning on June 4, 2018. Program dates, times and prices vary by site.

Middle school students will become more effective learners through time-tested strategies with Study Habits of Successful Students at the Learning Resource Center in Lakeland on July 9-13, 2018 for $155.

High school students will gain effective study techniques, leadership skills and service opportunities with Get REAL taking place at the Learning Resource Center on July 9-13, 2018 for $175.

High School students may also benefit from LRC’s summer test preparation courses designed to help students achieve confidence while earning their best possible score. ACT Summer Prep takes place July 16-20, 2018. SAT Summer Prep begins July 23-27, 2018. GED Prep runs for four weeks per subject with Social Studies launching May 22, 2018, Science on June 26, 2018 and Language Arts on July 31, 2018. All will take place at the Learning Resource Center. The cost of each full ACT & SAT course is $575 and includes a book and a gift card to Starbucks or Chick-fil-A. GED Prep costs $25. Students must take a pretest prior to enrolling in GED Prep.

LRC offers a Sliding Fee Scale based on gross family income with the assistance of United Way. For questions or to enroll in any of the courses, please visit the Learning Resource Center online at LRCPolk.com or call 863-688-9477.

About Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc.

The Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. is a nonprofit, United Way educational provider. LRC has a 43-year history of offering high-quality academic programs to help students maximize their learning potential. For more information, please visit LRC online at LRCPolk.com or call 863-688.9477.