Category Archives: Education

Celebration of Winter Haven 2013-2014

This past Tuesday the Chamber held the 2014 Annual Meeting and the theme was It’s a New Dawn… It’s a New Day… It’s a New Life… And We’re Feeling Good! And after taking a look back at everything that has happened … Continue reading

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State of Our Schools – A Cautiously Positive but Realistic Outlook

Tuesday night, I attended one of many informational sessions Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy is hosting around the county as the school year begins. This event was open to the public and held at Elbert Elementary with approximately 50 people in attendance. … Continue reading

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Florida Poly Names University President

Florida Polytechnic University‘s admissions campaign slogan is BE THE NEXT and today they gave Dr. Randy Avent an end to that statement – BE THE NEXT University President. Florida Polytechnic University’s Presidential Search Committee has selected Dr. Randy K. Avent, an … Continue reading

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The need for STEM

At this morning’s Focus on Education breakfast hosted by the chamber’s education committee, the overarching message was “Paying it Forward.” From students to principals to members of our business community, we all have talents to share that can support and … Continue reading

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Put a Little PEP in Your Step – Monday, March 3

The Public Education Partnership Invites YOU …

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Polk State Makes First-ever M-List

The Manufacturing Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think-tank affiliated with the National Association of Manufacturers, has published its first M-List. The list comprises community colleges, technical schools, high schools, four-year colleges and universities that are considered “manufacturer-endorsed.” Institutions named to the … Continue reading

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School Board Announces Finalists Meet & Greet

Polk County School Board Invites Public to Attend Meet and Greets Scheduled for Final Three Superintendent Candidates BARTOW, FL (May 2, 2013) Starting next week, the Polk County School Board will host several “Meet and Greets” that will provide members … Continue reading

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You’re Invited to Celebrate with Florida Polytechnic

  You can read more about current Florida Poly plans here. Directions to Innovation, Science and Technology Building: From I-4 East or West: Take Exit 41 from I-4 to the Polk Parkway, southbound. Take Exit 23 on the Parkway to … Continue reading

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Polk State: Half $ Billion Annual Impact

Polk State College boosts the economy of Polk County by nearly half a billion dollars each year, a study released Monday has found. Idaho-based Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl., (EMSI), conducted the study, as part of a broader examination of the … Continue reading

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Chain of Lakes Forum for Leadership: May 10 at Polk State

The Winter Haven Chamber Foundation is proud to partner with Polk State College in presenting the inaugural Chain of Lakes Forum for Leadership. The day-long forum will feature Bill Graham – an engaging keynote speaker and valuable training lecturer. He challenges … Continue reading

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