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College Graduates are Ready to Enter Polk County Workforce

May 25, 2022 News, Talent Pipeline

Local, state and national companies look forward to this time of year. Students are graduating from college and are ready to enter the workforce. In Polk County, seven institutions of higher education contribute to the talent pipeline. Those colleges and universities award about 6,000 degrees and certificates to graduates annually. This includes about 1,000 students […]

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Growing Supply Chain Industry is Supported by Local Talent Pipeline

May 9, 2022 News, Talent Pipeline

Three local institutions of higher education are preparing students to enter the fast-growing field of logistics and supply chain management, a critical industry in Polk County.  Polk State College President Angela Garcia Falconetti said the percentage of Polk County’s workforce involved in the logistics and supply chain field is:   Transportation & Warehousing – 10% Production […]

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Southeastern Adds New Leadership and Programs

May 5, 2022 News, Talent Pipeline

Southeastern University started the 2021-22 academic year with new leadership in almost all its top-level positions. Now, those leaders are looking forward to the next year with a refreshed vision for several colleges and new degree programs. Dr. Jeffrey Paul, dean of Southeastern’s Jannetides College of Business, Communication and Leadership, said this school year was […]

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Polk Schools Prepare Students for Jobs in the Agriculture Industry

March 21, 2022 News, Talent Pipeline

As we approach National Agriculture Day on March 22, it’s important to recognize the educational institutions that help fuel the industry’s workforce. Polk County Public Schools and higher education institutions prepare students to work or pursue advanced degrees in this expanding field. According to the Polk County Farm Bureau, 33% of jobs in the county […]

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ICYMI: Higher Education Spotlight

February 11, 2022 News, Talent Pipeline

Central Florida is home to a deep and diverse talent pipeline, from world-class colleges and universities to specialized training centers, Polk County is dedicated to workforce preparedness. To start off 2022, the CFDC highlighted our seven institutions of higher learning to learn more about their plans for the new year and beyond. Read more below. […]

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Webber International is Growing and Building

February 4, 2022 News, Talent Pipeline

Working toward growth, Webber International University will embark on several construction projects this year. “We built a Learning Commons last year, which houses computer labs, tutoring offices, library, writing lab and the students’ favorite — a Starbucks.  Moving the library let us repurpose that space for occupational therapy assisting, nursing and sports performance and fitness […]

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Keiser University Aims to Help the Community, Grow and Expand

February 2, 2022 News, Talent Pipeline

Melody Rider, president of Keiser University’s Lakeland campus, said she’s very excited about 2022 after the Year of Pivot (2020) and the Year of Transition (2021).  The Year of Pivot saw faculty and staff working from home, students learning remotely and many safety challenges on campus – all adding a lot of stress, she said. […]

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Warner University Plans a Year of Strategizing for the Future

February 2, 2022 News, Talent Pipeline

Coming off a year of fundraising, Warner University President David Hoag is preparing for a year of planning in 2022, charting a path for the next five to 10 years at the southeast Polk County university in Lake Wales.  “We just went through a capital campaign and raised over $25 million,” said Hoag, who has […]

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Construction, New Programs Usher in 2022 at Florida Southern

February 1, 2022 News, Talent Pipeline

The outlook for Florida Southern College (FSC) for 2022 is optimistic as the Lakeland school continues to tackle construction, add programs and engage students, said President Anne Kerr. “Our trajectory continues with robust enrollment of truly outstanding students, many of whom have world-class talent,” said Kerr, FSC’s president of 15 years. “Our professors are as […]

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Polk County Schools Seeking Input on Survey

November 17, 2021 News, Talent Pipeline

If you want to help shape future graduates of the county’s public school system, now is the time to take a quick online survey to provide your input. The deadline is Nov. 30. Polk County Public Schools is developing a strategic plan to ensure all graduates are ready to enter college or the workforce. As […]

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