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Talent Pipeline

Teaching Students About the Global Marketplace is Critical in Today’s World

As the world moves beyond boundaries and becomes more and more global, educating our students to do business internationally is a key component in college classes. Educating Spanish-speaking residents is just as important. That’s why Teresa Martinez, executive editor of Viva Polk magazine and member of the Polk State College District Board of Trustees, asked […]

Two Polk Colleges Partner to Benefit Students and Local Companies

Two local colleges are teaming up to provide students with degrees that will allow them to enter STEM-related fields with high-level business acumen. Florida Polytechnic University students will have a chance to continue their education for one year at Florida Southern College to earn a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). The public-private partnership will save […]

Programs Offer Help for Businesses & Those Looking for New Opportunities

CareerSource Polk is offering a wide range of programs to help adults gain skills that make them more marketable in today’s workplace and to assist businesses re-train and retain employees.  Chrissanne Long, CEO of Maximize Digital Media, recently learned of the programs, which she said every small business owner should consider. “We have had great […]

Two High Schools Lead the Way as Polk Graduation Rate Increases

With a focus squarely on high school seniors, Polk County Public Schools increased its graduation rate to a record high of 86.5%, up from 81.2% in 2019. There were many achievements to celebrate along with the overall increase: The graduation rate has increased almost 15% over the last five years. The rate at the county’s […]

University & College Presidents Return to On-Campus Learning and Move Ahead with Projects

Nothing proved the adaptability of Polk County’s higher education institutions quite like 2020. When the coronavirus pandemic moved schools all over the country to close their doors in March, colleges quickly transitioned to online classes and many other changes. As 2021 begins, the presidents of six education institutions in Polk County already have plans in […]

Industry Innovation Expected through Florida Poly’s New Health Systems Engineering Program

Health systems engineering is the wave of the future — one that will help increase access to medical care, introduce efficiencies and improve patient care — and Florida Polytechnic University is once again on the cutting edge. The university is starting a new undergraduate concentration in health systems engineering (HSE), combining the STEM discipline Florida […]

New Pipeline Program Prepares Florida Poly Students for High-Tech Careers in the Navy

Florida Polytechnic University is breaking new ground, preparing students to enter the U.S. Navy in fields that put their STEM degrees to good use — all surrounding nuclear propulsion. “Motivated students coming out of high school not only need to be made aware of these career programs but need to be mentored, trained and engaged […]

CareerSource Polk Will Host Virtual Job Fair Nov. 19

CareerSource Polk is hosting a Veterans & Community Virtual Job Fair from 9 am to noon on Thursday, November 19 to connect job seekers with more than 25 companies that are eager to hire Polk County residents. CareerSource Polk, which oversees the state and federal funds dedicated to preparing and upgrading a skilled workforce, has […]

Enroll Your Students Now for Career Academies, Specialized Schools

Students entering grades 6 through 10 in the 2021 – 2022 school year have the opportunity to begin thinking about their future now, especially if they want to attend a specialized school or career academy. Open enrollment for both runs from Nov. 10 through Jan. 12. Thirty of the county’s career academies have been recognized […]

Florida Poly Continues to be Recognized, Add New Programs

Florida Polytechnic University, the state’s only public university dedicated to STEM, is on a roll, ranking high in the state in one of WalletHub’s lists, working with the military to solve problems and gaining accreditation for its police work. The state’s newest university, Florida Poly offers degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields, leading […]