Florida Southern College Announces Martin as New President

June 19, 2024 News, Talent Pipeline

Jeremy Martin has been selected as the 18th President of Florida Southern College. He will succeed Anne Kerr, who is retiring after 20 years in the position.  Martin will start work at Florida Southern on August 1. Originally from Virginia, he was vice president for strategy and innovation at the College of William & Mary. […]

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New Architecture Program Announced at Florida Southern College

May 30, 2024 News, Talent Pipeline

Thanks to an anonymous donor, Florida Southern College is establishing Polk County’s first School of Architecture. It will offer a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2025, then add a master’s program in 2028.  “The college recognizes that this new architectural program is a natural fit for our campus. It features the largest single-site collection of […]

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Polk State College Respiratory Therapist Program

September 26, 2023 Talent Pipeline, Uncategorized

With demand for Respiratory Therapists growing, Polk State College is being recognized for excellence in its respiratory therapy program, which graduates students who often stay in Polk County to work.  Respiratory therapists may be the unsung heroes in healthcare facilities, working with doctors and nurses to provide oxygen and breathing treatments, intubate patients, manage ventilators, […]

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Florida Southern College Lands on the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” List

September 21, 2023 News, Talent Pipeline

Florida Southern College has landed on The Princeton Review’s 2024 guide of The Best 389 Colleges, selected for its engaged learning environment, beautiful campus, the expertise its professors possess, its theater program and career services.   “I am always happy when the college is recognized nationally for the excellence that is a hallmark of our living-learning […]

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Florida Poly Welcomes International Students to Further the Global Presence in Polk

August 25, 2023 News, Talent Pipeline

As the 2023-2024 academic year begins, Florida Polytechnic University once again plays a role globally, welcoming six international students and researchers and sending one of its students to Canada.  Such exchanges are critical to Polk County’s place in a growing global marketplace.  “Florida Poly is a powerful economic engine within the state of Florida. By […]

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New Aviation Academy Opens at Winter Haven High School

May 3, 2023 News, Talent Pipeline

The Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) at Lakeland Linder International Airport has been so important to talent development that it’s being replicated in Winter Haven.   Essentially an expansion of the CFAA that’s part of Kathleen High in Lakeland, the newest academy will be an option on the east side of the county for students interested […]

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Five Local Colleges Help Prepare Students for Careers in the Business Sector

February 13, 2023 News, Talent Pipeline

Polk County’s institutions of higher education contribute to business services here, training the next generation of workers and preparing them to be successful in their careers.  Five of those institutions offer extensive business classes and various degrees, all of which contribute to the economic engine of Polk County.  “Jannetides helps economic development in Polk County […]

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Five Polk Colleges Prepare Students for Health Sciences Careers

November 22, 2022 News, Talent Pipeline

As Polk County remains a hotbed for growth in the medical and health sciences fields, our local institutions of higher education continue to adapt their current programs and add new ones to ensure a strong and talented health sciences workforce to support the industry.  Lakeland Regional Health is building new facilities in North and South […]

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Florida Poly Opens New Building, Adding Labs and Research Space

August 30, 2022 News, Talent Pipeline

The $47 million cutting-edge Applied Research Center (ARC) on Florida Polytechnic University’s campus has opened, providing the only state college devoted to STEM degrees more academic and research space as it plays an increasingly critical role as an engine for economic development. “This striking new building will significantly expand our research capabilities and advance our […]

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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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