PSC hosting open house events

Polk State College is hosting two open house events where prospective students will have the opportunity to learn about academic programs, complete their applications, and receive assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Open house at the Winter Haven Campus, 999 Ave. H NE, is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. April 19 in the Student Center, WST 126 and 127.

Open house at the Lakeland Campus, 3425 Winter Lake Road, is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. April 26 in the Lakeland Technology Building, LTB 1100.

Attendees will tour the campuses, meet with staff and faculty members, and learn about student clubs and activities. Open enrollment for Summer 2018 is underway. Classes start May 9. Open enrollment for Fall 2018 will begin June 4 with classes starting Aug. 20.

Currently enrolled students may register through PASSPORT. They should also check PASSPORT for possible holds on their accounts that may prevent them from registering. Prospective new students must submit an online application to Polk State. Information on how to complete orientation and register for classes is included in the College’s admission letter and online at the Admission Steps.

Students may complete orientation online through Admission & Aid, where they can also take their “personal snapshot” — an academic advising tool that allows students to assess their abilities in math, reading and writing, as well as responsibilities outside the classroom, such as work and families. Students are also encouraged to begin the financial aid process as early as possible. The first step is to complete the FAFSA. Assistance completing the FAFSA is available through the Office of Student Financial Services. Throughout the registration and financial aid process, students should regularly check PASSPORT and their college email accounts for important registration and financial aid information.

Warner University gives back to community

“Warner Cares Day” is a community outreach event that Warner University holds annually, reaching  city and nonprofit organizations in the community, completing whatever work is needed. On April 4, volunteers aided the city, worked at schools, the airport and other public areas beautifying, painting and cleaning. Nonprofit organizations such as the Lake Wales Care Center, Lake Aurora Christian Camp and the Hunger Education and Resource Training missionary village were also reached. The students and faculty completed approximately 1,200 hours of volunteer work. Speaking to a group of 357 students along with faculty and staff from Warner University, Lake Wales mayor Eugene Fultz thanked them all for serving the community of Lake Wales.

Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Nazarene University women's soccer coach Kelsey Fenix and Jennifer Ludemann, assistant coach, traveled to Medellin, Colombia, March 2-9, with 12 members, including Diana Corzine of Plant City, of the women's soccer team over the 2018 spring break. The team worked alongside COSDECOL, a nonprofit that shares the gospel through sports ministry. Corzine is a graduate of Plant City Senior School.

About-Face Awards

On April 11, the 24th annual About-Face Awards recognized nearly 50 middle and high school student honorees who have made positive changes and noticeable improvements in their academic careers. Polk County Public Schools hosted the event at the Bartow Civic Center to encourage students who have made an “about-face” in their schools by improving their grade point average, attendance, or attitude. Dr. Angela Falconetti, president of Polk State College, was the keynote speaker. Other guests included Tampa Electric Co. Regional Manager Nick Plott and Polk Education Foundation Executive Director Susan Copeland. Rachel Pleasant, senior director of communications for Polk County Public Schools, was the emcee. The About-Face Awards have been sponsored by Tampa Electric Co. for 24 years.

This year’s honorees included: Tyler Justice, Auburndale High; Christopher McAulay, Bartow High; Kadafi Barber, Bartow Middle; Sanaa Maxwell, Berkley Accelerated Middle; Danielle Peterson, Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy; Lamar Sanders, Compass Middle Charter; John Willis, Crystal Lake Middle; Von’Trell Dozier, Daniel Jenkins Academy of Technology; Kortnee Johnson, Davenport Community Campus; Isabella Ayala, Davenport School of the Arts; Bodhi Luker, Denison Middle; Autumn Flatt, Donald E. Woods Opportunity Center; Jacob Villegas, Dundee Ridge Middle Academy; Stacia Williams, East Area Adult School; James Pullo, Fort Meade Middle-Senior (middle school division); Jaywan Bush, Fort Meade Middle-Senior (high school division); Nicholas Santana, Gause Academy (middle school division); Victoria O’Steen, Gause Academy (high school division); Nicole Latessa, George Jenkins High; Evans Hilaire, Haines City High; Nehemiah Charles, Haines City International Baccalaureate; Daniel Johnson Jr., Jere L. Stambaugh Middle; Nick Simon, Jewett Middle Academy; Demetria Jordan, Jewett School of the Arts; Desiree Guerard, Kathleen High; Javien Sterling, Kathleen Middle; Sierra Flowers, Lake Alfred Polytech Academy; Morgan Gilbert, Lake Gibson High; Mateo Breiner, Lake Gibson Middle; Jamil Gonzalez, Lake Marion Creek Middle; Katelynn Smock, Lake Region High; Sean Munoz, Lakeland Highlands Middle; Harold Daniels, Lakeland High; Jabez McNair, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy; Megan Teski, McKeel Academy of Technology; Richard Faulk, McLaughlin Middle School & Fine Arts Academy; O’Kevian Fluker, Mulberry High; Terrell Pinkney, Mulberry Middle; Deasia Nombre, Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Charter High; Sofia Oropeza, Ridge Technical College; Cheyenne Lands, Rochelle School of the Arts; Dathan Richardson, Roosevelt Academy; Dontavesya Dixon, Rosabelle W. Blake Academy; Mike Escobar, Sleepy Hill Middle; Fabian Balado, Southwest Middle; Ronni Moseley, Summerlin Academy; Bianca Contreras, Tenoroc High; Wendy Andablo, Traviss Technical College; Jorry Donald, Union Academy; Kaitlin Bailey, West Area Adult; Destiny Rodriguez, Westwood Middle; Aliyah Olmo-Saez, Winter Haven High.

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