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 By Jeremy Maready    Schools

Polk Announces Annual Student Art Contest

It's time to raid your art supply closet – the 19th Annual Water Conservation Art Contest is open for entries. The contest is open to all Polk County students from kindergarten th... — Updated 3/23/2022

 By Devyn Montalvo    Schools

Webber Students Dominate Future Business Leaders of America District Competition.

In an amazing display of business acumen, a group of Webber International University students recently swept virtually every top honor in District III Future Business Leaders of... — Updated 2/17/2022

 By Tom Paulson    Schools

Elections Supervisor Lori Edwards Offering Scholarships

Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards announced today that the Florida Supervisors of Elections (FSE) will award four $1,200 scholarships to Florida students in 2022.... — Updated 1/21/2022

 By Linda Guzman    Schools

Three Florida Polytechnic Scientists Ranked Among Globes' Top Two Percent

With innovative research in nanomedicine, energy systems, and rare earth element recovery, three Florida Polytechnic University professors have been listed among the top 2%... — Updated 12/7/2021


Federal Funds Allow Polk State to Forgive Student Debt

Polk State College announced that it is eliminating $1.2 million in student debt to alleviate financial burdens for students brought on by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Near... — Updated 12/3/2021

 By Tom Paulson    Schools

Polk State Lake Wales Enrollment Doubles to 1,200 Students

Polk State's Lake Wales campus, located entirely in the two-story JD Alexander Center on Central Avenue, has doubled its student population. Enrollment has grown from 600 to 1,200... — Updated 11/30/2021

 By Tom Paulson    Schools

Statewide Student Art Competition Offered to Fish Fans

Are you a student who knows fish? Got some art talent? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission would like to know about it. The FWC is inviting students in all grades... — Updated 11/8/2021

 By News Staff    Schools

Congressional Internships Offered to College Students, Recent Grads

College and University students and recent graduates wishing to gain valuable work experience working with a Congressional office are encouraged to apply for one of several... — Updated 11/7/2021

 By Tom Paulson    Schools

Legoland Florida Employees Eligible for Polk State Scholarships

Want to attend Polk State College but struggling to afford it since you don't have a good job? Go to work at Legoland Florida Resort and you can accomplish both goals at once. As... — Updated 10/29/2021

 By Robert Connors    Schools
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Approval Granted for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Webber

After a two-year process, Webber International University has been granted approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The University has begun accepting... — Updated 10/26/2021

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Polk State Spring Enrollment Opens

Enrollment for the Spring 2022 Semester at Polk State College will start on Monday, October 25, 2021, with priority registration for students who have completed at least 50 percent... — Updated 10/20/2021

 By Robert Connors    Schools

Charter Schools Search for Superintendent Described as "Transparent"

Finding a new superintendent for the Lake Wales Charter School System is a painstaking process, with huge focus on finding the ideal candidate, according to Bill Vogel. Vogel, 72,... — Updated 10/20/2021


Polk State College Names New Board Officers, Trustees

Polk State College’s District Board of Trustees elected Ashley Bell Barnett as Chair and Greg Littleton as Vice-Chair for the 2021-2022 Academic Year on Monday during the... — Updated 10/8/2021

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Florida Dept. of Education Finally Submits $2.3B Federal Funds Request

The Florida Department of Education has finally submitted a plan outlining how federal relief funds will be used to help schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan is... — Updated 10/8/2021


Polk County Schools "Portrait of a Graduate" Survey Now Open

Students and parents involved in the Polk County Public Schools may wish to offer comments to the School System about the future direction of Polk Public Schools. According to... — Updated 10/4/2021

 By Robert Connors    Schools

Lake Wales High School Marks Annual Homecoming

The small-town spirit shone through in Lake Wales Thursday as a thousand spectators gathered to watch the annual Homecoming Parade organized by the students of Lake Wales High... — Updated 10/2/2021

 By News Staff    Schools

Florida Still Missing Out on Billions for Public Schools; What's the Holdup?

Editor's Note: Florida public schools seem to be purposefully forgotten by state leaders, leaving teachers scrambling to work miracles with scarcely a loaf or fish in sight. This... — Updated 9/24/2021


New Surgeon General shakes up school COVID protocols and leaves Constitutional questions unanswered

In a dramatic turnabout involving Florida’s new surgeon general, the state Department of Health has created a new COVID-19 related emergency rule that allows parents to keep kids... — Updated 9/24/2021


Getting The Better Of Bullying

(NAPSI)-For many students, learning and school excitement can be stifled by caution and worry about bullying-but it can be alleviated. The Problem Children who are bullied or who... — Updated 9/12/2021

 By Lydia Guzman    Schools

Florida Poly Computer Engineering Program in Top 25 for Affordability

Florida Polytechnic University has been ranked as No. 25 in the United States among the 100 most affordable computer engineering programs by University HQ, an independent... — Updated 8/29/2021

 By Lydia Guzman    Schools

Florida Poly Fall Enrollment Continues Growth Trend

The fall 2021 class of incoming students is the largest in Florida Polytechnic University's history with more than 625 new students joining the University from an applicant pool of... — Updated 8/29/2021


Polk State to Return Most Services, Classes Back on Campus Aug. 2

Polk State College will be moving to Phase III of its Return to Campus Plan on Monday, August 2, 2021, with the majority of services returning to campus and more face-to-face class... — Updated 7/23/2021


Polk County Schools Offer Two Options for Fall: In-Person or Virtual Classes

Polk County Public Schools is finalizing plans for the 2021-22 school year and will offer two learning options for students. The first option will be traditional campus learning... — Updated 7/23/2021


Florida Poly Again Spurns National Trends With New Application Surge

Defying national trends in higher education, Florida Polytechnic University is enjoying a significant increase in the number of students applying to and committing to attend the Uni... — Updated 6/9/2021


Polk County Schools Ends Mask Requirement for Students and Staff

Polk County Public Schools is no longer requiring students and staff to wear face coverings. During its June 8 meeting, the Polk County School Board voted unanimously to lift a... — Updated 6/9/2021


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