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Chase Cleveland receives Okaloosa County Sunshine State Scholar title

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Chase Cleveland and faculty

Chase Cleveland and faculty

How would it feel to be a Sunshine State Scholar? It would be a gratifying experience and a huge acomplishment for most. Especially so since all it requires to be one is an interest in one of the STEM subjects, a 3.9 GPA or higher, and enrollment in a Florida college. This is exactly what Fort Walton Beach High School student Chase Cleveland did to become an Okaloosa County Sunshine State Scholar.

Having the goal of becoming a chemical engineer in mind, Cleveland was able to maitain a 4.64 GPA while being a three-time varsity athlete in cheer, football and wrestling. He also scored a 31 out of 36 on his ACT. He credits his family and household for the progress he’s made thus far.

“My mom has always wanted me to be successful. She pushes me.”

Cleveland’s mother, Tavia Marez, was most persistent with him in his academics. She has a background in genetics and a doctorate in education.

“It’s always been a huge part. It’s everything. It’s the way to better your life. This is only the beginning.”

 

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December 30, 2015 |

Entrepreneurial initiative Pathways to Innovation reaches Florida

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Students pursuing engineering and living in Florida should check out the University-Florida State University College of Engineering since it has been deemed worthy to join the Pathways to Innovation entrepreneurial initiative recently. Implementing entrepreneurship is the factor that will be focused on as the program will place that and innovation into undergraduate education.

College of Engineering Interim Dean Bruce Locke believes this will transform the college so that its lab work can be launched into the corporate world.

“This activity will greatly help in our efforts to become an entrepreneurial college and to build upon the projects of our faculty. The faculty in the College of Engineering is very strongly interested in commercialization of the technology developed in their labs.”

The National Science Foundation-funded National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation are running the initiative and Stanford University and VentureWell direct it. Team Leader of Pathways Michael Devine describes it as a precise way to push entrepreneurship into the school’s curriculum so that the academics could improve for students who pursue this career.

 

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“We want to introduce entrepreneurial engineering concepts earlier and throughout the curriculum. Also, the program meshes perfectly with FSU’s entrepreneurial university initiative and similar efforts at FAMU. We plan to work with other partners at FSU and FAMU so that this is not just an engineering program.”

Essentially, teams of faculty and administrators will meet with leaders from Stanford and VentureWell to discuss what plans and ideas they have to work together and renovate the undergraduate engineering presence in the college.

 

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December 30, 2015 |

$50k donated to FSU by Terrence A. Gross

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Florida State University College of Law has received an immensely generous donation amounting at $50,000 from local attorney Terence A. Gross. This was done to support a diversity scholarship fund that will help push marginalized law school students in the right direction in regards to the legal profession.

The Terence A. Gross Diversity Enhancement Scholarship was created after a total $100,000 was donated by Gross.

He confirms that he graduated from FSU College of Law back in 1979 and is forever grateful for attending. Gross credits the school for being the sole reason of of his success now and is helping enrolled students who want to study something related.

 

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Terrence A. Gross

“I was fortunate enough that my parents were able to pay for my education. Not everyone is that fortunate, so I wanted to try and help those who maybe otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend.”

The school has largely benefited from the donation and law school Dean Don Weidner appreciates how the students will be supported through this.

“I’m very touched by Terry’s generosity and his commitment to the cause of a diverse student body. I think the gift is important in itself because it sets an example for other successful alumni to give back to the college.”

Gross will have a conference room named after him at the college, which will be set as the Terence A. Gross Faculty Conference Room.

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December 30, 2015 |

Post-secondary education in prison drastically reduces criminal relapse

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Hope for the future.

Miraculously, recidivism rates for released convicts are dropping in the midst of the new efforts to provide education for inmates currently in prisons across the states. Privately-funded associate degrees and such are now available for them and the results are astonishing – there is a 43% less chance of returning to prison for inmates who participate in correctional education courses than those who do not.

This evidence reveals quite a positive compromise to introduce the betterment of today’s criminals who are released from prison. Eddie Parnel is one such example who fit the role of the common criminal – he was imprisoned three times for drug and burglary related crimes – and surprisingly, because of an inmate’s informing knowledge, he was able to achieve an Associate of Arts degree. Parnel was never incarcerated again. He claims the opportunity to study while doing his time changed his life in a way he never knew could happen.

“It saved my life. It allowed me to be somebody different. “The Associate of Arts degree lets you be anybody you want. I said I want to be a scientist, and now I get the opportunity to be a scientist. You see changes in the way people think. Maybe you had that literature class and talked about something that changed the way you look at things. Maybe you had an anthropology class that really sparked something in your knowledge about different cultures.”

 

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Hope for the future.

These programs are made possible because of the partnership between the Washington Department of Corrections, the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, and a bundle of non-profit organizations.

The solution for reduction of relapse seems to lie in this grand endeavor of reforming convicts, and the SBCTC recognizes that. In fact, they are now working on certain plans to remove a ban on state funding that allows inmates to pursue higher education.

 

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December 29, 2015 |

Nagoya College signs with Seminole State College of Florida to help Japanese students in English and culture

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Japanese students attending Nagoya College in Toyoake, Japan now have the opportunity to study at Seminole State College of Florida after the successful decision of having 17 women enter the country and learn English. The state college, after signing a memorandum of understanding with Nagoya, was able to teach these students in the Fall Term with flying colors.

They were also able to know more about American culture by moving in with host families in Sanford, Lake Mary and Oviedo. Associate Dean of English Language Studies Bill Elshoff sees the bigger picture with the agreement and gives his opinion on how special the opportunity is.

“This is a really great opportunity for these students to learn English and experience another culture. Their English has really improved thanks to our instruction and their experiences with the host families and around the community.”

 

Nagoya College

Nagoya College

During the students’ stay,they went out to explore what Florida had to offer in landmarks and extraordinary locations. To name a few, they visited Blue Springs State Park, the Kennedy Space Center, and visited Orlando via the SunRail. The women enjoyed their unique time in the Sunshine State and expressed so with satisfaction.

“We had a great time in Florida and at Seminole State. We will never forget it,” said Sarina Shimizu.

More students in Japan are bound to follow in these footsteps as a result of the triumph in education with the first 17. Professors who had visited occasionally from Nagoya College to follow up on their progress were very impressed and plan to send double the students for the next Fall Term.

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December 29, 2015 |

Why STEM is important for Florida schools

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As the world continues to grow technologically, the number of most young people studying any field related thereof is not increasing as fast. Given how this is happening, the idea of exposing grade schools to computer science might just be the answer to increase more attention and participation in these types of careers.

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The non-profit organization Code.org released a study showing an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and the jobs that are available out there. The data implies that studying such subjects can guarantee a stable, foreseeable future.

The following facts support why Florida should include STEM in its schools:

According to Code, there are 25,462 open computing jobs in Florida with an average salary of $76,719, which is considerably higher than the state’s average of $41, 820. With technology advancing everyday, that number of open jobs will gradually raise as the years pass, so students can find what’s right for them in the future.

The strategy of implementing STEM programs in grade school seems to be an important plan considering how it could improve the chances of college enrollment in these subjects. This action is being taken because of the lack of AP exams taken in computer science. Higher education leaders hope more job positions will be filled by giving students an early option to learn and practice more STEM by the time college comes around.

 

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December 29, 2015 |

Northwest Florida State College recognized by the CGIA for its extraordinary welding program

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In the panhandle of the Sunshine State, Northwest Florida State College is basking in the glory of the success of its welding program. The Center Gulf Industrial Alliance has commended the school specifically for this as it has shown to give high quality training from experienced professionals.

CGIA is endorsing workforce development programs throughtout the Central Guld region throught its program review process. The endorsement is based on how the industrial training prepares students for the practice and expertise that will prove to be beneficial in the future.

 

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For any of the training programs to be endorsed by CGIA, a review is done by the organization’s staff and a survey that finds exactly how a training provider’s industry confidence and ability affects workforce needs.

Many industrial businesses residing in Northwest Florida and beyond are in accordance with the efforts made by CGIA.

NFSC welding instructor Scottie Smith gave his words of enthusiasm and opinion on the recommendation.

“We are excited to get this endorsement from CGIA, which is proof that the welding program at Northwest Florida State College is doing it right and following industry standards.”

“Our involvement with CGIA will help make more companies aware of our welding program and college and help increase the employment opportunities for the graduates of our welding program.”

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December 28, 2015 |

Foosaner Art and Florida Tech promote art for locals

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A great art opportunity will be available for anyone wanting to express their creativity in the near future. The Florida Institute of Technology will be opening art classes for residents soon.

 

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Foosaner Art Musuem

The classes will be held at the Renee Foosaner Education Center in Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. It will run from Jan. 26 to April 2 and the school is currently accepting registration.

Workshops including clay, coloring, glass-fusing, drawing and painting is to be provided to students starting this winter.

More information regarding schedules and registration is on the Foosaner Art Museum website.

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December 28, 2015 |

Another rankings list: Florida public colleges reviewed by Kiplinger

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After looking at 300 schools across the country, Kiplinger has placed all of these in a least-to-best-value list that was created based on academic quality measures that include graduation rate, freshman retention, and incoming student test scores.

The rest of the ranking was affected by student debt, cost, and financial aid. In general, the colleges in the list are presented to show their overall value in education.

The Florida colleges included in the ranking aren’t so far down below, as shown in Kiplinger’s list.

At No. 117, New College of Florida in Sarasota was placed for “best value” and is currently No. 14 in Florida. The University of South Florida in Tampa was ranked at a decent No. 128 and is Florida’s 45th best school.

 

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December 21, 2015 |

Arizona citizens are working to help the community in different ways

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Banks in Arizona have been giving a hand to the local education communities throughout the state as an effort to improve higher education. Specifically, they provided support in the college scholarship fund and other methods of humble work. Other acts of charity and support are also taking place around the state.

Tortilla Fish has opened its second Valley location on Friday in Phoenix. The restaurant is celebrating its new growth by giving two free tacos and a beverage to anyone who goes to eat from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Alliance Bank of Arizona has donated $100,000 for scholarship funds to nonprofit College Success Arizona. This generous donation will directly help 20 students in Arizona over a two-year period that will start this upcoming spring season.spring.

A West Valley police department will have a toy drive event and currently needs toys and wrapping paper. The department’s officers are on the search for these items and are also encouraging the locals to join in on the cause to help out kids from less fortunate families living in the community.

 

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December 21, 2015 |
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