Polk State College is a public state college with campuses in Winter Haven, Lakeland, and Lake Wales. Founded in 1964, the college serves more than 20,000 students with Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees as well as a wide range of certificate programs and workforce training options. Polk State also operates three charter high schools within the county.

"This year’s focus will be on economic recovery. I think we would be remiss as a county to not focus on how to continue to help move our region forward, despite the challenges. That means making sure we continue to support our education development, the pipeline of talent but also do our best to coordinate with the county to help small businesses prosper and be part of the recruitment of large businesses to the area.” - Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti, Polk State College

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