Jordan Bolds, a sophomore at Northside Christian School, plays the saxophone as a member of the Northside Christian marching band during halftime of the Oct. 14 football game between Northside and Indian Rocks Christian. Bolds also played during the game, which Northside won 47-0.
TAMPA - The University of South Florida System and seven regional Florida College System institutions recently celebrated the launch of FUSE, a new guaranteed admission program that creates a seamless and timely degree path for students to earn an associate degree before transferring to any of the USF System institutions for a bachelor’s degree.
The new program differs from existing Florida programs that guarantee admission to a State University System school, as FUSE offers guaranteed admission to the USF System institution and degree program of the student’s choosing. With more than 40 students in the initial cohort, Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College are piloting the program, while the College of Central Florida, Pasco-Hernando State College, Polk State College, South Florida State College and State College of Florida will join the program in the near future.
By syncing courses and creating graduation pathways for select degrees, the participating institutions have ensured students will take the classes needed to seamlessly attain associate and bachelor’s degrees. Students who apply and are enrolled in the FUSE program are placed on an established graduation pathway plan to ensure that courses taken apply to their associate degree and successfully transfer towards a USF System bachelor’s degree. With academic advising provided from both institutions at their regional college, FUSE students will be ensured of the appropriate degree path, meeting all requirements, earning their associate degree in a timely manner and guaranteed admission to the USF System.
CLEARWATER - Pinellas County Schools Parent University will be presented Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 to 11:30 a.m., at Countryside High School, 3000 FL-580, Clearwater.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the general session begins at 8:30 a.m.
The district’s Parent University offers free workshops that help parents and caregivers support the academic life of children in kindergarten through 12th grade. There are workshops for parents of elementary, middle and high school students. The PCS Parent University will offer information that will help students with math, reading, science, graduation requirements, college/career readiness, digital learning tools, STEM, and more.
LARGO - On Oct. 14, the Tampa Bay Technology Forum named the Pinellas Education Foundation’s Next Generation Tech program as the Student Program of the Year at its 13th annual TBTF Industry Achievement Awards.
The award recognizes a company or organization that developed an innovative and effective student training, apprenticeship, or internship program.
The Next Generation Tech program, developed by Robyn Mussler, CEO of Resolution Management Inc., in collaboration with the Pinellas Education Foundation, provides high school students with a real world environment for developing software while working with business community mentors from companies such as Nielsen, Tech Data, Raymond James, GTE Financial, Power Chord, Exhedra, Triad Media, All Team, and Achieva. The uniqueness of this program is its emphasis on the software development framework and the different types of skills needed to develop and deliver technology solutions, providing insight to all the different technology career opportunities. It is so much more than programming.
LARGO - Largo Public Library is offering qualified community members the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, a program run by the Florida State Library and Gale, part of Cengage Learning.
Career Online High School is designed to re-engage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce.
Four designated PPLC member libraries will screen and award scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs students with an academic coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of course material.
Three Pinellas County Schools teachers are recipients of the Governor’s Shine Award, which is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education.
Recipients include Lisa Turini, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Azalea Middle School; Patrick McMahon, a fifth-grade teacher at Bear Creek Elementary School; and Marlene Johnson, an English teacher at Gibbs High School. They were three of seven from around the state to receive the award.
SAFETY HARBOR - Safety Harbor Public Library is offering qualified community members the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, a program offered by the Florida State Library and Gale, part of Cengage Learning.
Career Online High School is designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce.
ST. PETERSBURG - October is National Bullying Awareness Month. To bring greater awareness about bullying prevention in schools, students from four high schools will star in the EMBRACE Anti-Bullying production.
The free performance will take place Thursday, Oct. 27, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Gibbs High School, 850 34th St. S., St. Petersburg.