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IRSC Biology Student-Researchers Present at the Florida Capitol

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In Photo: IRSC student Alexander Mahieu of Port St. Lucie presents his research on “Metagenomic Profile of the Old Vero Ice Age Site” at the inaugural FURA Undergraduate Research Posters at the Florida State Capitol Complex. Four high-achieving IRSC baccalaureate-level students participated in this opportunity to directly engage in the political process and elevate the visibility of undergraduate research happening across Florida and locally on the Treasure Coast.

Indian River State College (IRSC) Biology student-researchers traveled to Tallahassee to present their research at the inaugural “Undergraduate Research Posters at the Capitol” hosted by the Florida Undergraduate Research Association (FURA). Accompanied by Dr. Jim Agnew, Biological Sciences Master Instructor, four high-achieving IRSC baccalaureate-level students had the opportunity to directly engage in the political process and elevate the visibility of undergraduate research happening across Florida and at IRSC.
Undergraduate researchers from each university and college in Florida gathered in the Florida State Capitol Complex in downtown Tallahassee February on 9–10 to present their student research in poster format and interact with legislative members from their representative districts and throughout the state. Participants also met with other students from colleges and universities across the state in attendance to share their research projects.

The following IRSC student-researchers shared these presentations at the FURA event:
Crissy Massimino, Fort Pierce—“Molecular Evolution of Yellow Genes in Diaphorina citri Reveals Duplications and Losses”

Jared Herrick, Sebastian—“Compounds in Saw Palmetto Fronds Exhibit Antibiotic Activity Against Staphylococcus aureus”

Alexander Mahieu, Port St. Lucie—“Metagenomic Profile of the Old Vero Ice Age Site”

Zachary Roy, Palm City—“Variation in Cutaneous Sensitivity during Ultra-marathon Competitions”

“The opportunity to apply knowledge gained of the techniques and methods modeled in the classroom to probe cutting-edge research questions is where real learning happens,” shares Dr. Anthony Dribben, IRSC Assistant Dean of Mathematics & Natural Sciences. “These four students serve as great representatives of the quality research that IRSC Biology students are doing. I am proud of the amazing job they did presenting in Tallahassee.”

Students who pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at IRSC gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art laboratories working on equipment that includes a real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machine to analyze gene expression, evos fluorescence microscopes for cell imaging, bioinformatics software to analyze complete genome sequences, and spectrophotometers for kinetic analysis of enzyme activity in the bio chemistry course. Rigorous coursework readies students for careers in areas that include agriculture, human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, ecology and conservation, molecular and cellular biology, and biotechnology.

FURA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding of research and creative activity across all disciplines. FURA promotes the creation of new undergraduate research opportunities and unites like-minded faculty and administrators across the state to support this high-impact educational practice.

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In Photo: IRSC student Crissy Massimino of Fort Pierce presents her research on “Molecular Evolution of Yellow Genes in Diaphorina citri Reveals Duplications and Losses” at the inaugural FURA Undergraduate Research Posters at the Florida State Capitol Complex. Four high-achieving IRSC baccalaureate-level students participated in this opportunity to directly engage in the political process and elevate the visibility of undergraduate research happening across Florida and at IRSC.

Feb IRSC Jared-Herrick

In Photo: IRSC student Jared Herrick of Sebastian presents his research on “Compounds in Saw Palmetto Fronds Exhibit Antibiotic Activity Against Staphylococcus aureus” at the inaugural FURA Undergraduate Research Posters at the Florida State Capitol Complex. Four high-achieving IRSC baccalaureate-level students participated in this opportunity to directly engage in the political process and elevate the visibility of undergraduate research happening across Florida and locally on the Treasure Coast.

Feb IRSC Zachary-Roy

In Photo: IRSC student Zachary Roy of Palm City presents his research on “Variation in Cutaneous Sensitivity during Ultra-marathon Competitions” at the inaugural FURA Undergraduate Research Posters at the Florida State Capitol Complex. Four high-achieving IRSC baccalaureate-level students participated in this opportunity to directly engage in the political process and elevate the visibility of undergraduate research happening across Florida and locally on the Treasure Coast.

Students Shine During Elementary Track Meet

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The 35th Annual Russell Holloway Elementary Track Meet was held Saturday, February 8, 2020, at South Fork High School.

Teams of elementary student-athletes competed before a packed house of parents and community spectators in four individual events - 50- and 200-meter dashes, the long jump and softball throw- as well as 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

The District sends a huge round of applause to all of our elementary athletes, coaches and volunteers, with a special congratulations going out to this year's winners:

Cheryl Hubbard Sportsmanship Trophy- Port Salerno Elementary School

3rd Place Girls- Jensen Beach Elementary School
2nd Place Girls- Citrus Grove Elementary School
1st Place Girls- J.D. Parker Elementary School

3rd Place Boys- Citrus Grove Elementary School
2nd Place Boys- Felix A. Williams Elementary School
1st Place Boys- J.D. Parker Elementary School

Combined Overall
3rd Place- Pinewood Elementary School
2nd Place- Citrus Grove Elementary School
1st Place- J.D. Parker Elementary School (8th consecutive year!)

LEADERship Martin County Alumni Foundation for Youth, Inc.

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Stuart - Nearly three dozen students from “Operation 23”, the class name for students in this year’s Martin Youth LEADERship Program, participated in Arts & Culture Day on January 21. The day was coordinated by Jay Spicer, Director of the Martin County Fair, and his committee: Debbie Banta, Special Event Coordinator at the Elliott Museum, and Robin Hall, publisher of Out2MartinCounty. This was the fifth monthly session of the school year and it offered students a full day to sample some of the many artistic venues available on the Treasure Coast.

The day began at Pinspiration in Stuart, where students explored the “splatter room” in groups, and each had the opportunity to make their own creations. The creativity flew as fast as the paint as students strove to make their own artistic mark on the medium.

Operation 23 then traveled to the Geoffrey Smith Gallery where owner/artist/entrepreneur/conservationalist Geoffrey Smith gave students a tour. This included his studio, in which he explained his inspiration for certain pieces, how he creates them and how they are marketed. The group learned about the foundry process, and the global impact of Mr. Smith’s work.

The next stop was to Martin County’s Arts Council, where Jennifer Hearn hosted students for a tour of the current contemporary blown glass exhibit. Students also watched a brief video on how glass blowing is created, including an elimination style competition amongst some of the leading glass blowers in the worlds.

The final stop of the day was at the Barn Theatre, where President Francine Beckstead and Technical Director Bryan Childe were on hand to educate the group about the fifty year history of the Barn. Students got to go backstage and into the props area to see “how the magic happens”, particularly with the Barn’s current production of The Producers.

Rob Steele, President and CEO of the Elliott Museum, gave students some words of wisdom he gained during his forty five year career as an entrepreneur, artistic producer, teacher, restaurateur and more. At each stop, students were presented with opportunities to volunteer, apply for internships, apply for future scholarships, and more.

Martin Youth LEADERship for high school students is in its 23rd year and is an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply, and a maximum of 40 are selected to participate in this comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County. Upon completion, these young Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and more. Class members are given the opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on leadership enhancing activities. For more information on how you, your business or your high school aged students can become involved in Martin Youth LEADERship, please contact Jeanne Dunn at martinyouthleadership@gmail.com or call 772-486-4695. We are constantly seeking individuals and organizations which will help us inform, challenge and stimulate students to develop the qualities necessary to become the next generation of Treasure Coast leaders.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Receives Cambridge District of the Year Award

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St Lucie County–St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) has been awarded the Cambridge District of the Year Award in the medium district category for ranking the highest in both increasing access to the rigor of the Cambridge curriculum while simultaneously sustaining or improving student exam performance based on the most recent school year. The national Cambridge District of Distinction Awards are issued by Cambridge Assessment International Education. Cambridge programs and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject area experts, rooted in academic rigor and reflect the latest educational research.

SLPS has expanded access to Cambridge International exams by 154% since the 2016-17 academic year with a corresponding pass rate of 68% and has 56 students who have received recognition as Cambridge Scholars.

“This award is due to the collaborative efforts of all involved in the Cambridge program, especially, our students, teachers, administrators, and the support provided by the district personnel. We are excited for this recognition and look forward to seeing our AICE students continue to thrive and meet high expectations,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

About Cambridge District of Distinction Awards
Each year, Cambridge Assessment International awards one district in each of the following segments:

Large size districts - these are districts who make 5000+ entries in our November and June exam series in one school year.

Medium size districts - these are districts who make 2000+ entries in our November and June exam series in one school year.

Small size districts - these are districts who make less than 2000 entries but more than 500 entries in our November and June exam series in one school year.
The District of the Year Award is based on the following criteria:
Criteria 1 – Sustained high performance
Based on the last three years of data Cambridge looks at which districts continue to maintain or grow their high performing pass rates.
Criteria 2 – Performance compared to other schools
For the current school year, the total number of Cambridge Outstanding Learner Awards and Cambridge Scholar Awards a District has as a percentage of total entries is reviewed.
Criteria 3 – Access
Based on the last three years of data, the districts’ student participation in the Cambridge IGCSEs and Cambridge International AS & A Levels is reviewed.
Criteria 4 – Equity
Measure the districts' impact on economically disadvantaged students.

 

Teachers' Union Take On Tallahassee Rally

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Tallahassee, FL – “The Republican Party of Florida thanks Florida’s hardworking teachers for their steadfast commitment to the education of our children and the future leaders of tomorrow.

“Our teachers deserve a pay raise and we commend Governor Ron DeSantis’ budget proposal which addresses bonuses and increases the minimum salary for teachers. Last year, under the Governor’s leadership Florida made record investments in our state’s education system, including the highest ever per-pupil spending at $7,672 per student. This included an increase of over $242 per student – the largest increase since FY 2013-14. Additionally, K-12 saw the highest ever public-school funding with $21.8 billion in state and local funding.

“It is unfortunate that on the eve of the 2020 Legislative Session, Florida’s teachers’ union would stage a rally that encourages well-intentioned teachers to abandon their classrooms at the start of a school week leaving students and school administrators in flux.
“The Governor’s proposed 2020 budget recommendation includes a pay raise for more than 101,000 teachers in Florida by raising the minimum salary to $47,500. In fact, he is recommending nearly 1 billion dollars to increase minimum salaries and bonuses for teachers.
Gov. DeSantis is dedicated to making 2020 the Year of the Teacher and we look forward to all that he will accomplish with the Florida Legislature.

“According to the National Education Association, Florida ranks 26th in the nation for starting teacher pay at $37,636. With this investment of over $600 million, raising the minimum salary to $47,500 will rank Florida 2nd in the nation for starting teacher pay.
“The RPOF applauds Gov. DeSantis for his commitment to looking for bold options to alleviate the shortage of teachers while elevating the important role that they play in Florida. Recruiting and retaining teachers is one of the Governor’s top priorities which is why there is no room for petty partisan politics when the future of Florida’s youth is at stake.

“Teachers transcend party lines and we urge lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to embrace this thoughtful and forward-looking plan. It is long overdue, and now is the time to make it a reality.”

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Martin County School District Announces Enrollment Periods for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) and Head Start Programs

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The Martin County School District's Head Start and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten programs will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year in February.

Head Start

• Head Start helps prepare 3-4 year olds for kindergarten

• The program encourage parents as their child’s first and most important teacher

• Head Start helps with education, health, nutrition, social skills, and other services

• Breakfast and lunch are included

• Registration begins February 4, 2020

• School year begins August 11, 2020

To apply for the Head Start Program 2020-2021 school year, parents must bring the following documents to their registration appointment:

• Child’s Birth Certificate – Proof of Age, child must be 3 years old by September 1, 2020

• Proof of Residency - FPL Bill or Cable/Satellite Bill or MCSD proof of residency letter (form can be obtained at any of the four centers)

• Proof of ALL Household Income for 2019- Examples include: W-2, 1040, TANF, SSI, Wages, Alimony, Child Support

• Proof of Documented Disability (if applicable) - we encourage children with disabilities to apply.

VPK

The District's Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program (VPK) will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year on February 3, 2020. The program is available at select schools with limited enrollment.

VPK is an early learning program that provides developmentally appropriate instruction and activities to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond by building a solid foundation for school success. To be eligible, students must be four years of age on or before September 1 of the school year in which they attend VPK and must reside within an eligible home school zone.

The three hour VPK program is provided at no cost to parents and the full school day program is available for a monthly cost of $234.00* (*subject to change).

Parents will be able to apply for one of the 228 seats in the District’s 2020-2021 VPK Program during Open Enrollment. The Open Enrollment will take place in two phases beginning on February 3, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

For Bessey Creek, Citrus Grove, Crystal Lake, Felix A Williams, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach and Palm City elementary schools, the link below will be open for responses on Monday, February 3, 2020, at 8:00 am:
https://goo.gl/forms/EMIVS5T6a5KpVwUK2

For J.D. Parker Elementary School, Salerno Learning Center and Warfield Elementary School, the link below will be open for responses on Monday, February 10, 2020, at 8:00 am:
https://goo.gl/forms/LGgsOKy5AgS2h4lo2

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MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT OUTPERFORMS STATE

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Traditional High Shcools See Increase in Graduation rate During 2018-2019 School Year.
The Martin County School District (MCSD) earned a graduation rate of 87.4% during the 2018-2019 school year according to data released earlier today by the Florida Department of Education. The graduation rate for the three traditional, District-operated high schools increased to 93.6% during the same time period, a 2 percentage point increase over last year's rate and a 6.7 percentage point increase above the state's overall graduation rate of 86.9%.

Graduation rates in Martin County increased for many demographic subgroups, as the District continues its focus on educating all students for success. The graduation rate for students enrolled in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs rose 2 percentage points to 78.7% percent during the 2018-2019 school year, while the graduation rate for Hispanic students rose 2.5 percentage points to 75.6%. The graduation rate for students receiving free or reduced price meal benefits increased to 80%, while the rate for English Language Learners (ELL) increased nearly 8 percentage points to 61.1%.

"One of the greatest indicators of our success as a school district lies in the number of students walking across the graduation stage each year, knowing that they are fully prepared to begin the next chapter of their lives," Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord shared. "While we still have work to do in our quest to ensure that all Martin County students become high school graduates, I feel confident that we are headed in the right direction. Today's results - including the increases across many of our demographic subgroups - are a testament to the hard work and commitment of our students, faculty and staff."

Graduation rates are based on students who finish high school "on time," within four years of entering ninth grade. Graduation rates for each school are listed below.

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St Lucie County STEAM Festival Renaissance Charter School of St Lucie

19 Dec STEAM Fest

Saturday January 18, 2020
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Renaissance Charter School of St Lucie
300 NW Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL, 34986
Price: Free

St Lucie Public Schools Graduation Rate Ranks 1st on the Treasure Coast

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St. Lucie County - St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) earned a graduation rate of 90.4% while the six traditional high schools boasted a rate of 96.8% for the 2018-2019 school year. These rates all exceed the State average of 86.9% as SLPS continues to rank the highest on the Treasure Coast. Furthermore, SLPS ranks 5th in the State for districts with over 3,000 students in the graduation cohort.
This is the third consecutive year that the graduation rate for SLPS is above 90%. “This is a tremendous accomplishment and I commend our teachers, administrators and staff. All demographic groups continue to perform at high levels and our students are graduating from high school prepared to enroll in college as a result of their rigorous coursework or directly enter the workforce due to our strong career and technical programs,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.
Out of 67 Florida districts, SLPS ranks 6th for Economically Disadvantaged students, 7th for Exceptional Student Education students, 10th for White students, 11th for Hispanic students and 11th for English Language Learners. Supporting all students in their achievement of graduation goals is the mission of SLPS.

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Library Announces Date for 26th Annual BookMania!

Martin County - The Martin County Library System is preparing for its 26th annual BookMania! festival on March 28, 2020 at the Jensen Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 2875 NW Goldenrod Road in Jensen Beach.

Barnes & Noble booksellers will be in the school's Nutrition Center selling the authors' books as well as children's books for the school book drive. In addition to the Barnes & Noble café for snacks and coffee, lunch from the Martin County Sheriff's Office BBQ Grill Team will be available for cash-only. Prominent and emerging authors will participate in one of multiple panel discussions (Spy/Espionage, Mystery/Thriller, A Dog's Perspective, Larger Than Life, and Historical Fiction). Books can be found in our collection for checkout, and a series of special BookMania! book clubs is planned leading up to the event.

This prestigious literary event is free and open to the general public. Additionally, a ticketed sponsors' event, A Literary Affair, will be held on the evening prior to the festival. This popular program has achieved national recognition for its stellar authors, record attendance, and impressive book sales. Now in its 26th year, BookMania! remains a favorite destination for a wide and diverse audience. It is sponsored by The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc.

For more information (including a complete list of guest authors), visit www.library.martin.fl.us and search for "BookMania!", or call 772-288-5702.

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Presidential Search Committee Members Selected

Fort Pierce -The IRSC District Board of Trustees has finalized membership to its Presidential Search Committee. Committee members represent the diversity of the Indian River State College population and the College’s service district of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. Committee members will assist in developing posting materials, reviewing applications, and completing various other search processes, ultimately leading to the recommendation of a final pool of candidates to the Board of Trustees.

Presidential Search Committee membership:

IRSC Board of Trustees
• Vicki Davis, Search Committee Chairperson, Martin County
• Sandra Krischke, Search Committee Co-Chair, St. Lucie County
• Jose Conrado, Indian River County
• Susan Caron, St. Lucie County
• Mark Feurer, Indian River County
• Tony George, Martin County
• Christa Luna, Okeechobee County
• Brant Schirard, St. Lucie County
IRSC Foundation Board
• Mike Adams, St. Lucie County
• Susanne Clemons, Okeechobee County
Community Members
• Ted Astolfi, CEO/President, Economic Council of Martin County, Martin County
• Frank Irby, former CEO of Raulerson Hospital, Okeechobee County
• Larry Lee, Business Owner and former State Representative, St. Lucie County
• Laura Zorc, Chair, Indian River County School Board, Indian River County

IRSC Faculty
• Jennifer Capers, Ph.D., Professor, Biological Sciences
• Daphne Cooper, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
• Armon Copeland, D.N.P., Assistant Professor, Nursing
• Herbert Ricardo, Ph.D., Professor, School of Business
IRSC Administration Representative
• Adriene Jefferson, Equity Officer, Title IX Coordinator and Administrative Director of Northwest Center
IRSC Career Service/Staff Representative
• Cynthia Bruin, Director of Grants Development
IRSC Student Representative
• Jacqueline Zamora, IRSC Student and Peer Tutor

Additionally, the Board of Trustees appointed the following staff to support the Committee:
• Melissa Whigham, Assistant Dean of Human Resources
• Richard V. Neill Jr., College Attorney
• Suzanne Parsons, Secretary to the Board of Trustees

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For College Savings, 529 Plans Are Hard to Beat

Raising kids is hard enough, so why not make things easier for yourself when it comes to saving for college? Ideally, you want a savings vehicle that doesn't impose arbitrary income limits on eligibility; lets you contribute a little or a lot, depending on what else happens to be going on financially in your life at the moment; lets you set up automatic, recurring contributions from your checking account so you can put your savings effort on autopilot; and offers the potential to stay ahead of college inflation, which has been averaging 3% to 4% per year.1 Oh, and some tax benefits would be really nice, too, so all your available dollars can go to college and not Uncle Sam. Can you find all of these things in one college savings option? Yes, you can: in a 529 plan.

Benefits
529 college savings plans offer a unique combination of features that are hard to beat when it comes to saving for college, so it's no surprise why assets in these plans have grown steadily since their creation over 20 years ago.
Eligibility. People of all income levels can contribute to a 529 plan — there are no restrictions based on income (unlike Coverdell accounts, U.S. savings bonds, and Roth IRAs).

Ease of opening and managing account. It's relatively easy to open a 529 account, set up automatic monthly contributions, and manage your account online. For example, you can increase or decrease the amount and frequency of your contributions (e.g., monthly, quarterly), change the beneficiary, change your investment options, and track your investment returns and overall progress online with the click of a mouse.

Contributions. 529 plans have high lifetime contribution limits, generally $350,000 and up. (529 plans are offered by individual states, and the exact limit depends on the state.) Also, 529 plans offer a unique gifting feature that allows lump-sum gifts up to five times the annual gift tax exclusion — in 2020, this amount is up to $75,000 for individual gifts and up to $150,000 for joint gifts — with the potential to avoid gift tax if certain requirements are met. This can be a very useful estate planning tool for grandparents who want to help pay for their grandchildren's college education in a tax-efficient manner.
Tax benefits. The main benefit of 529 plans is the tax treatment of contributions. First, as you save money in a 529 college savings plan (hopefully every month!), any earnings are tax deferred, which means you don't pay taxes on the earnings each year as you would with a regular investment account. Then, at college time, any funds used to pay the beneficiary's qualified education expenses — including tuition, fees, room, board, books, and a computer — are completely tax-free at the federal level. This means every dollar is available for college. States generally follow this tax treatment, and many states also offer an income tax deduction for 529 plan contributions.

Drawbacks
But 529 plans have some potential drawbacks.
Tax implications for funds not used for qualified expenses. If you use 529 plans funds for any reason other than the beneficiary's qualified education expenses, earnings are subject to income tax (at your rate) and a 10% federal penalty tax.
Restricted ability to change investment options on existing contributions. When you open a 529 college savings plan account, you're limited to the investment options offered by the plan. Most plans offer a range of static and age-based portfolios (where the underlying investments automatically become more conservative as the beneficiary gets closer to college) with different levels of risk, fees, and management objectives. If you're unhappy with the market performance of the option(s) you've chosen, you can generally change the investment options for your future contributions at any time. But under federal law, you can change the options for your existing contributions only twice per year. This rule may restrict your ability to respond to changing market conditions, so you'll need to consider any investment changes carefully.

Getting started
529 college savings plans are offered by individual states (but managed by financial institutions selected by the state), and you can join any state's plan. To open an account, select a plan and complete an application, where you will name an account owner (typically a parent or grandparent) and beneficiary (there can be only one); choose your investment options; and set up automatic contributions if you choose. You are then ready to go. It's common to open an account with your own state's 529 plan, but there may be reasons to consider another state's plan; for example, the reputation of the financial institution managing the plan, the plan's investment options, historical investment performance, fees, customer service, website usability, and so on. You can research state plans at the College Savings Plans Network.

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Complete Your Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management in Less Than 18 Months at IRSC

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A Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Indian River State College (IRSC) builds the skills needed to create and lead teams and to be prepared for management positions in business, education, government, and non-profit industries. Finding time to earn this vital credential has become easier with the introduction of 8-week in-person and online modules by the IRSC School of Business.

Students who have already completed an Associate’s Degree can now earn their Bachelor’s Degree in less than 18 months taking just two 8-week classes at a time. Successful students can begin classes January 8, 2020 and graduate by Spring 2021. The 18-month program allows working adults to complete the degree quickly and on the same night each week—or take courses completely online. Enrollment is happening now.

“Organizational management is an ideal degree for those ready to advance into leadership positions in their careers.” shares Dr. Prashanth Pilly, Assistant Dean of the Business Technology Division. “As population growth increases in technology-based businesses, and sophisticated job requirements fuel the demand for highly skilled managers—this degree meets the need for employers who desire to grow or who need to fill managerial roles.”

Graduates of the IRSC Organizational Management programs are prepared for jobs where they plan and direct daily tasks, establish short and long-term goals, oversee financial activities and manage teams—whether it be for an entire organization or for a specific department or store.

The 8-week modules are as follows:

Spring A, 2020
BUL 3130-1V-002 Legal & Social Aspects and GEB 3035-1V-002 Effective Career Management

Spring B, 2020
MAN 3240-1V-003 Organizational Behavior and MAN 3303-1V-004 Management Concepts

Summer A, 2020
FIN 3400 Financial Management and MAN 4301 Human Resource Management

Summer B 2020
GEB 3213 Business Writing and MAR 3023 Marketing Management

Fall A, 2020
MAN 4504 Operations Management and MAN 4162 Customer Relations

Fall B, 2020
GEB 4930 Selected Topics – Management and MAN 4442 International Business

Spring A 2021
MAR 4613 Marketing Research

Spring A 2021
GEB 4891 Strategic Planning

Spring A and B 2021
MAN 4900 Capstone Project or GEB 4970 Senior Management Project

IRSC Bachelor’s Degree programs are offered in response to workforce demand and include the Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) and the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (B.A.S.). You must hold an Associate Degree to enroll in a Bachelor’s Degree program at IRSC.

For more information, contact Alicia Neiman at 772-462-7154 or aneiman@irsc.edu.

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Grant to Expand Apprenticeship Programs

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Indian River State College (IRSC) will expand apprenticeship opportunities by 59% with funds awarded through the Florida Department of Education Pathways to Career Opportunities grant program. The $10 million grant program was established as part of Workforce Education legislation passed in early 2019. The initiative promotes career readiness and workforce opportunities for students and working adults, ensuring alignment between Florida’s education and workforce needs. The College will receive grants totaling $298,948.

“Since becoming a comprehensive college in 1970, Indian River State College has offered skill- and career-training programs to meet the ever-changing workforce needs of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties,” states IRSC President, Dr. Edwin Massey. “The new funds will help IRSC expand the regional workforce pipeline through apprenticeship programs designed to meet growing demand for welding fabricators, culinary operations managers, pharmacy technicians and electricians.”

The grants will allow IRSC to increase capacity of two of its state registered programs—Electrician Apprenticeship and Culinary Operations Management Apprenticeship—and develop new apprenticeship programs for Pharmacy Technicians and Welding Fabricators. These registered apprenticeship programs enable participating employers to provide on-the-job training to meet industry standards, creating highly qualified employees. Certifications earned through registered apprenticeship programs are recognized nationwide.

Programs are scheduled to begin in 2020.

To enroll at IRSC, or learn more about these programs, visit www.irsc.edu.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded Pathways to Career Opportunities Pre-apprenticeship Programs Grant

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St. Lucie - St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was just awarded $408,310 from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) for the Pathways to Career Opportunities Pre-apprenticeship Programs Grant. This grant award follows other recently obtained grants. This time, the grant award will fund pre-apprenticeship programs in Building Construction Technologies and Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing. These programs were designed to aid in our continuous effort to fill the skills gap in our local community.

The Building Construction Technologies Program, already established at Port St. Lucie High School, will be enhanced through this grant. The grant will fund a pre-apprenticeship opportunity for students to include: Learning Lab Work Stations, industry standard tools, field trips, Learning Lab Safety equipment and recognized certification exam fees for students.

The Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program at Treasure Coast High School, will be augmented by the pre-apprenticeship component which will include laptops for students with ACU Autodesk LearnKey software, manufacturing materials and supplies, and training in the areas of mechanical drive system, electro-pneumatic systems and robotic pick and placement systems.

Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE), Aliesha Seitz stated, “We are thrilled to receive these dollars from FLDOE. These funds will amplify both the Building Construction Technologies Program and the Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program by providing pre-apprenticeship opportunities.”

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SFHS Teacher Wins $100,000 Prize From Harbor Freight Tools!

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A Career & Technical Education teacher at South Fork High School received the surprise of a lifetime this morning, having been named one of three national winners of Harbor Freight's "Tools for Schools" Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Ms. Wendy Schepman, who teaches Landscape Operations and Turfgrass Management at South Fork, was surprised at the beginning of the school day with a $100,000 prize - $70,000 to support the school's Career & Technical Education programming and $30,000 for her personal use.

Harbor Freight's Prize for Teaching Excellence was started in 2017 to recognize extraordinary public high school skilled trades teachers and programs with a proven track record of dedication and performance.

Ms. Schepman's lessons cover a broad curriculum - she teaches general agriculture and horticulture principles before moving on to design, installation, maintenance and mechanics. Her work comes to life thanks to a unique learning environment - rather than a shop with four walls, her classroom spans 75 acres and includes a three-hole golf course, a workshop, an equipment barn, a nursery and an orchard. In a county with more than 160 golf courses, Ms. Schepman ensures her students develop the skills necessary to find career opportunities close to home. Students can earn up to 18 dual-enrollment college credits through their participation in the Landscape Operations program.

“My students often tell me that my class is the only reason they came [to school] that day,” Ms. Schepman shares. “If I make my class interesting enough that they never want to miss a day, they will subsequently end up going to more of their other classes such as English or math, which are needed to graduate.”

Schepman, who grew up on her family’s small farm and was the only woman in her college’s turfgrass science major, took over for her own former trades teacher at South Fork when he retired. Her lifetime of experience in and near Stuart has helped her develop close industry and alumni networks to benefit her students.

“This is why I love teaching agriculture,” she says. “I can incorporate all of my favorite things into one class and still be outside all day.”

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Clark Advanced Learning Center Earns School of Excellence Designation

In Photo: The Clark Advanced Learning Center been designated a School of Excellence by the Florida Department of Education. This is the third consecutive year the school has earned this prestigious recognition from the state. Due to its unique location in a college setting, Clark students take full advantage of the resources of a college campus and many earn tuition-free college credits through dual enrollment at IRSC.

Stuart -The Clark Advanced Learning Center, a charter high school serving Martin County, has again been designated a School of Excellence by the Florida Department of Education. This is the third consecutive year the school has earned this prestigious recognition from the state. To achieve this honor a school must excel on Florida’s grading system for at least two of the last three school years.

Located at the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College (IRSC) in Stuart, the Clark Advanced Learning Center is organized in partnership with the Martin County School District—an “A” rated district ranked 12th out of the 67 school districts in Florida.

“We are so proud of our students and our team of educators at the Clark for all they do to make our School of Excellence designation possible for the third year in-a-row,” shares Debra Kohuth, Executive Director and Principal, Clark Advanced Learning Center. “The partnership that IRSC and the Clark Advanced Learning Center has with our parents, the school district, and community of Martin County makes this type of achievement a reality.”

Additionally, the Clark Advanced Learning Center has received an A ranking for 11 years in a row from the Florida Department of Education, and the agency ranks the Clark among the top ten high schools in Florida.

Due to its unique location in a college setting, Clark students take full advantage of the resources of a college campus and many earn tuition-free college credits through dual enrollment at IRSC. Availing themselves of academic and technology programs that meet the requirements for a high school diploma while having opportunities to enhance studies with college classes and internships, students attend Clark free of charge for coursework and books. Graduates are ready to complete their advanced degrees at IRSC or transfer to a university.

For more information, visit www.clarkadvancedlearningcenter.org or call 772-419-5750.

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2019–20 Fielden Institute Distinguished Lecture Series Examines Topics Ranging from Economic Outlook to Technology

Impact 100 Network, Project LIFT

With the amazing insight of Impact the Palm Beaches Impact 100 Network, Project LIFT has blasted off....After being awarded the 100k Impact award in 2017 we are excited to report that their growth continues to sky rocket. This past year Project LIFT in Belle Glade was able to increase their overall enrollment to seventy five, start the Pathway academy of innovation while adding two new vocations to their offerings. We are particularly proud of the recent graduations of the Pathway Academy of Innovation high school diploma and apprentice program. Three teens who had dropped out of high school entered the Pathway Academy of Innovation with only 5 credits of 24 needed to graduate High School. We are very proud to say that with a lot of hard work and within six months they had completed their High School Diploma requirements through Project LIFT's Nationally Accredited Program.
This year Project LIFT expects to increase enrollment to over 100 students annually focused on Mental Health Therapy, drug abuse counseling, vocational skills training and mentoring. Project LIFT credits a big part of its success to the visionary insight of the Initial Funding from the Women of Impact the Palm Beaches!

Project LIFT’s Pathway Academy of Innovation is a ground-breaking solution designed to address the needs of high-risk teens, who have dropped out of high school, attain their high school diploma while also focusing on vocational training, mental health and substance abuse issues to prepare them for the 21st Century workforce! With this unique approach we integrate the individual’s desired career pathway with high school curriculum while adding social-emotional support services. By offering a blend of on-line and on-site experiential learning, Project LIFT propels teens to graduation in less time and more efficiently than it would take them in a traditional classroom setting.

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Martin County Ranked Among Florida's Best School Districts by Niche

Niche, an online platform dedicated to providing data on America's best schools, colleges and universities, has included the Martin County School District on its 2020 list of the Best School Districts in Florida. Ranking at number six, the District is the only school district on the Treasure Coast or in the South Florida region to be listed in the top 10.

"I was thrilled to learn that Niche has once again included the Martin County School District on its list of top school districts in the state," Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord shared. "Niche takes a lot of data into consideration when compiling these rankings and recognizing outstanding school districts, and I am pleased to see that our position reflects the hard work our teachers, staff and administrators put in each day to ensure we are educating all students for success."

The 2020 Best School Districts rankings are based on an analysis of academic and student life data obtained from the United States Department of Education, Civil Rights Data Collection and the National Center for Education Statistics.

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