Voluntary Pre-kindergarten registration is currently available at select Pinellas County Schools.
There’s still time for families to register their child for Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) at select Pinellas County Schools for the 2014-15 school year. Families with a child who is 4-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2014, will need to make sure they have their VPK voucher before registering for VPK at a PCS school.
To apply for a VPK Voucher, call the Early Learning Coalition at 400-4411 or visit www.elcpinellas.net to submit an online application.
LARGO - The Pinellas Education Foundation recently announced that Cathy Collins, president and CEO of Clinical Consulting Solutions, has been appointed chairman of the Pinellas Education Foundation for a two-year term as of July 1, 2014.
Clinical Consulting Solutions is a full service clinical trials consulting company, which provides operational and financial support to research centers nationally. An entrepreneur, Collins previously was CEO of Meridien Research, which she co-founded in 2000. Meridien Research conducts a wide variety of clinical trials and has five centers in Tampa Bay. She was also CEO of Insearch, which she co-founded in 2008. Insearch provides business development services to clinical trial centers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. She sold both companies in December 2012.
Prior to Meridien Research and Insearch, she served as the vice president of operations for Clinical Studies LTD with 53 research centers. She developed six research centers in Florida for CSL including a Phase I unit in Fort Lauderdale. She also served as vice president of operations for Protocare Trials with 32 research centers. Protocare was a venture backed site acquisition model that was purchased by Radiant Research. Collins has worked in the clinical research industry since 1991.
CLEARWATER - The Rays Baseball Foundation awarded the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County Inc. with a $5,000 Community Fund Grant. The grant supports toe coalition’s School Readiness childcare scholarship program.
The coalition is one of 20 local nonprofit organizations to receive a grant, totaling $100,000 from the Rays Baseball Foundation Community Grant Fund Program.
“The Rays Baseball Foundation supports many deserving nonprofit organizations throughout the Tampa Bay area, and we are honored to be selected as a grant recipient once again,” said Lindsay Carson, Early Learning Coalition CEO.
CLEARWATER - The Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County recently announced it was expanding funding to provide more children the opportunity to attend Summer Bridge.
Summer Bridge is a highly-successful academic summer program offered by Pinellas County Schools to prevent and address summer learning loss.
According to a press release from JWB, this decision was a collaborative response between JWB and Pinellas County Schools to recent demands for expanded wrap-around services at Summer Bridge elementary school sites to meet working parents’ needs.
SEMINOLE - Budding creators and innovators can now share ideas, create robots, learn or sharpen programming skills and build objects using 3-D printers at St. Petersburg College’s new Innovation Lab. The space, located in the Seminole Community Library, provides a modern, technologically advanced version of your dad’s garage, so to speak.
The grand opening was June 3.
These creative learning environments, often called makerspaces, are growing in popularity, said Information Services Librarian Chad Mairn, who received a $3,500 Innovation Grant from the St. Petersburg College Foundation to start the lab.
ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg College president Bill Law, who completed his fourth year as college president earlier this month, received a contract extension through June 30, 2017 and an exemplary performance review from the SPC Board of Trustees.
Board Chair Deveron Gibbons praised Law’s leadership, expertise and creativity and his commitment to the college’s mission of promoting student success and enriching local communities through education, career development and self-discovery. Board members reviewed Law on leadership, diversity of initiatives, planning, budgeting and external relations.
“One of the principal charges given to Dr. Law at the start of his tenure was to refocus our efforts on the core mission of this institution,” said Gibbons. “Dr. Law has performed this portion of his responsibilities at the highest level of leadership. (SPC’s) College Experience project has significantly improved the classroom success of our students across the board.”
LARGO - Informational open houses are planned for students interested in enrolling in Pinellas County Schools and St. Petersburg College’s newest collaborative - the Elite Educator Program.
The four-year teacher training course seeks to attract high school graduates who have accelerated academically, can obtain an elementary education degree within four years and commit to working in Pinellas County Schools after graduation.
SEMINOLE - St. Petersburg College will receive $2.5 million this year from the state to complete its Bay Pines Learning Center, a hands-on science learning complex adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway in Pinellas County.
The funding was included in Florida’s $77 billion budget, which the Florida Legislature passed May 2 and Gov. Rick Scott signed earlier this month.
The Learning Center will provide undergraduate research opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for students, professional development for faculty and teachers, and an engaging outlet for the community to interact with and participate in science.