Road To Success 2012 : Page 2

2 ROAD TO SUCCESS ◆ Sunday, November 11, 2012 ◆ AN ADVERTISING PRODUCT OF LEDGER MEDIA GROUP Polk State College Polk State College: Changing Lives for 50 Years For nearly 50 years, Polk State College has provided Polk County with open access to quality, a ordable, life-improving higher education — a mission that will never change, even as the College grows and evolves to better meet its community’s needs. “Truly everything at Polk State College is done with our students at heart. Their success — both within the walls of our classrooms and years after they cross the commencement stage — is the basis for everything we do,” said Polk State College President Eileen Holden. In the ve decades since it was established at the Bartow Air Base, Polk State College has grown to include campuses and centers in Lakeland, Winter Haven and Lake Wales, with another location — the Polk State Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center —under construction in Bartow. The College o ers a range of degrees, including the Associate in Arts, designed to lead to further study at a university, and the Associate in Science, which leads directly to careers in elds such as Business, Criminal Justice or Nursing. Its a ordability, convenience, and targeted degree options — as well as its small class sizes, burgeoning student life, and intercollegiate athletics — has made Polk State College the higher-education option of choice for generations of Polk County students. “Polk State will never waver from its mission of providing a ordable, quality Students, from left, Raven Gainous, Delyah Brown and Janay Melvin show their Polk State pride at Eagle Jam, a recent school pride event on Polk State’s Lakeland campus. Polk State o ers numerous student life and cultural opportunities, as well as intercollegiate athletics. education to anyone who seeks it — no matter how many degrees we add or how large we grow. This College has touched whole families, a ording mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, with opportunities they may never have had otherwise. Serving the people of Polk County is just what we do because…We are Polk,” Holden said. Recent data show students in both the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs fair exceptionally well after graduating from Polk: Our AA students earn higher grade-point averages than students from any other state or community college in their rst two years at a state university. Meanwhile, our AS degree earners, as well as those who complete workforce certi cates, secure employment at a higher rate than students from any other state or community college. While the College has proven itself as a state-leading provider of associate’s degrees, in recent years it has also added a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The bachelor’s degrees were developed through partnerships with the area business community, ensuring the College continues to ful ll its mission of solving local workforce needs and equipping its students with in-demand education and skills. “The bachelor’s degrees are a prime example of our commitment to student success,” Holden said. The College heard the call of area industries for a more highly educated workforce, and it responded. In doing so, we position our students for degrees that will get them the jobs that will change the trajectory of their whole lives,” Holden said. The College has grown and evolved since its founding all while maintaining its status as Polk County’s most a ordable higher-education option, allowing nearly 90 percent of its students to graduate free of student-loan debt. Students in Polk State’s Health Sciences programs regularly outperform their peers in the state and nation on required licensing exams. Here, student Dorian Sheppard, a student in the College’s Respiratory Care program, practices giving patient treatments. The Respiratory Care program has had a 100-percent success rate in students getting jobs after they graduate since its rst class graduated in 2008. Polk State o ers convenient locations throughout Polk County, including Lakeland, Winter Haven and Lake Wales, with another location now under construction in Bartow. The College o ers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, and is the county’s most a ordable higher-education option.

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Polk State College: Changing Lives for 50 Years<br /> <br /> For nearly 50 years, Polk State College has provided Polk County with open access to quality, affordable, life-improving higher education — a mission that will never change, even as the College grows and evolves to better meet its community’s needs.<br /> <br /> “Truly everything at Polk State College is done with our students at heart. Their success — both within the walls of our classrooms and years after they cross the commencement stage — is the basis for everything we do,” said Polk State College President Eileen Holden. <br /> <br /> In the five decades since it was established at the Bartow Air Base, Polk State College has grown to include campuses and centers in Lakeland, Winter Haven and Lake Wales, with another location — the Polk State Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center —under construction in Bartow. <br /> <br /> The College offers a range of degrees, including the Associate in Arts, designed to lead to further study at a university, and the Associate in Science, which leads directly to careers in fields such as Business, Criminal Justice or Nursing.<br /> <br /> Recent data show students in both the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs fair exceptionally well after graduating from Polk: Our AA students earn higher grade-point averages than students from any other state or community college in their first two years at a state university. Meanwhile, our AS degree earners, as well as those who complete workforce certificates, secure employment at a higher rate than students from any other state or community college. <br /> <br /> While the College has proven itself as a state-leading provider of associate’s degrees, in recent years it has also added a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. <br /> <br /> The bachelor’s degrees were developed through partnerships with the area business community, ensuring the College continues to fulfill its mission of solving local workforce needs and equipping its students with indemand education and skills. <br /> <br /> “The bachelor’s degrees are a prime example of our commitment to student success,” Holden said. The College heard the call of area industries for a more highly educated workforce, and it responded. In doing so, we position our students for degrees that will get them the jobs that will change the trajectory of their whole lives,” Holden said. <br /> <br /> The College has grown and evolved since its founding all while maintaining its status as Polk County’s most affordable higher education option, allowing nearly 90 percent of its students to graduate free of student-loan debt.<br /> <br /> Its affordability, convenience, and targeted degree options — as well as its small class sizes, burgeoning student life, and intercollegiate athletics — has made Polk State College the higher-education option of choice for generations of Polk County students. <br /> <br /> “Polk State will never waver from its mission of providing affordable, quality education to anyone who seeks it — no matter how many degrees we add or how large we grow. This College has touched whole families, affording mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, with opportunities they may never have had otherwise. Serving the people of Polk County is just what we do because…We are Polk,” Holden said.

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