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Celebrating the new Largo High School
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Largo High School Principal Bradley Finkbiner cuts the ribbon as Pinellas County School Board members and other officials look on Aug. 18 during a ceremony celebrating the opening of the renovated high school.
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CLEARWATER - Making a difference in the world of education does not end for those in the school system after retirement. The Florida Retired Educators Association serves as a support system and group for those formerly in the school system.

“You don’t have to be a Florida retired teacher,” said Director of District 6 Jane Lee.

Guidance councilors, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, friends of teachers and teachers themselves, even if they are not from Florida, are welcome to join the group.
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St. Petersburg College is one of only eight colleges recently awarded the title of “Outstanding College” for achieving an 85 percent completion rate on workforce training network Global Corporate College’s Standards of Good Practice Report Card.

SPC is one of the leading colleges in the Global Corporate College network. The announcement was made in July at the Global Corporate College Conference in Arizona.

In 2015, the college entered into an agreement to join GCC, a higher education network that helps corporations train their workforce to meet today’s needs. It currently is the largest human capital development network in the world. SPC is one of 44 colleges within this network committed to helping employers realize the full potential of their workforce. This unique collaboration provides the college with unprecedented access to highly qualified subject matter experts and innovative curriculum in a wide array of training areas.
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LARGO - As many as 200 young entrepreneurs from Gibbs and Lakewood high schools will have an opportunity to learn how to make their business and technology ideas come to life through a $25,000 AT&T contribution to the Pinellas Education Foundation’s Next Generation Entrepreneurs and Next Generation Tech programs this coming school year.

The $25,000 investment by AT&T will allow the Pinellas Education Foundation to offer workshops to the students from Gibbs and Lakewood highs that will give them the knowledge and business tools to take their ideas and turn them into real-world products and services. The foundation created the Next Generation Entrepreneurs and Next Generation Tech programs, part of the Ford Next Generation Learning Program, to introduce high school juniors and seniors to the real world of business and product and service development, software design, and what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

The AT&T-funded workshops will involve intensive experiences in creating a business model, mentoring by business professionals, marketing products and services, and developing business plans. Those plans are ultimately submitted to a panel of expert judges as students compete for tens of thousands of dollars to fully develop their products and services.
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Ken Peluso, a Pinellas County school board member since 2014, has achieved certification as a Florida School Boards Association Certified Board Member.

Only 31 percent of all school board members in the state hold this distinction. The certification requires extensive training in areas of school finance, policy governance, personnel and bargaining issues, curriculum and instruction, state and federal legislative and administrative processes, school law, planning overview, communication and public relations, community and family involvement, current trends and issues and multicultural/diversity.
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St. Petersburg College’s Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement recently announced its fall 2016 event series entitled “The Art of Politics: The Art of the Possible.”

This series is tied together by the diverse threads of civic thought and expression often represented through art, be it politically motivated or meaningful civic dialogue. CCLCE is committed to providing a variety of opportunities to build civic pathways between SPC and the community.

The fall series includes the following events:
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Wednesday, August 17
PINELLAS COUNTY - Twenty-one college students from Pinellas County will soon be receiving $500 checks to assist with their college expenses.

On Aug. 5, after completing a six-week series of interviews, the board of directors of the College Fund of Pinellas County Inc. selected 21 Pinellas County residents to receive $1,000 per year grants to help with their college expenses. Board member Dr. Shirley Lorenzo of St. Petersburg has been calling the new grant recipients to notify them of their good fortune, and $500 checks for the fall 2016 semester will soon be mailed out by assistant treasurer Sherry Rankine of Clearwater. A second $500 check for the spring 2017 semester will be distributed to the students at a December holiday party after their fall semester grades are reviewed.

Thirty-six students whose applications met the college fund’s grade point average and financial need requirements were interviewed and scored on their academic and financial preparations and their attitude about the college they were attending and the degree they were seeking. The 21 students with the highest interview scores were then selected to receive grants.
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MADEIRA BEACH - English for adult students of other languages is offered by Pinellas County Schools at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, in the portable located at 591 Tom Stuart Causeway.

Cost is $30 a semester.

Classes, offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, provide opportunities to learn and practice English with a teacher, with computers and with other learners.
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Thursday, August 11
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After school bells stop ringing through the hallways of Pinellas County high schools this week, they’re replaced by the chirps of coaches’ whistles into the evening.

High school football teams are gearing up for the 2016 season and now’s the time to begin ironing out final wrinkles. Fall classics kick off Aug. 19, and North Pinellas programs will be in action all around the tri-county area.

Countryside

There was a bittersweet-ness about 2015.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College will release its 2016 fall term catalog on Monday, Aug. 15.

The list includes 150 non-credit classes and activities designed for people ages 50-plus. Classes are open to all adult learners across Pinellas County.
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St. Petersburg College is one of only eight colleges recently awarded the title of Outstanding College for achieving an 85 percent completion rate on workforce-training network Global Corporate College’s Standards of Good Practice Report Card.

SPC is one of the leading colleges in the Global Corporate College network. The announcement was made in July at the Global Corporate College Conference in Arizona.

In 2015, the college entered into an agreement to join GCC, a higher education network that helps corporations train their workforce to meet today’s needs. It currently is the largest human capital development network in the world.
 ... Read More 
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