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December 12, 2003
What a Difference a Year Makes!
Adrian Wilson is a fourth grade student at Richmond Heights Elementary in Orlando, and he is passionate about reading....continued>>

December 10, 2003
Vocational Electronics Program Equips Student for Success in Corporate America
Jose Garcia graduated in the top 10 percent of his class at Hialeah Senior High School in 1980 in the Industrial Electronics Vocational program, under the leadership of Mr. Phil Goodman....continued>>

December 8, 2003
Making the Most Is Her Mantra
After spending two years as a water born missionary to residents of one of the poorest nations in the world, Anna Schinella was determined to take advantage of opportunities they did not have....continued>>

December 5, 2003
Student Wins D.C. Trip
"Si, se puede," wrote senior Isidro Madrid. It means, "Yes, it can be done."...continued>>

December 3, 2003
Old School, New Direction
As daylight breaks through the towering oak trees in Bonita Springs, 354 students are making their way towards an unassuming 82-year-old schoolhouse....continued>>

December 1, 2003
Mayor of Tampa Unveils Youth Corps Initiative
In a perfect example of how city government can partner with local schools, City of Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio unveiled the city's new Youth Corp initiative with hopes of helping teens find focus and direction....continued>>

November 28, 2003
Sergio Reads: Hispanic Heritage Essay Winner
Sergio J. Galindo-Hamsho, 11, is the winner of the Elementary Division of Governor Jeb Bush's Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest....continued>>

November 26, 2003
Out-of-Field Teachers Bring Career Experiences Into the Classroom
Lincoln Elementary in Palm Beach County has a talented cadre of teachers who are ensuring student success....continued>>

November 24, 2003
Florida High School Diploma Will Improve Job Opportunities for Adult Education Student
James W. Bentley was young, wild, and not a bit interested in school. At 17, he became an 11th grade dropout....continued>>

November 21, 2003
Florida Youth ChalleNGe Academy
In June 2003, a total of 88% of the graduating class of the Florida Youth ChalleNGe Academy received a high school diploma or a GED. The Florida Youth ChalleNGe Academy is a volunteer program for at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 18....continued>>

November 19, 2003
Families Gather to Celebrate Reading
It was still two days before Halloween, but as the sun set over the rural city of Homestead, students in full costume descended upon Air Base Elementary School. There was plenty of candy to go around, but tonight's gathering was all about reading....continued>>

November 17, 2003
Putnam READS!
To some students reading becomes just another obligation. It's just one more thing to do for homework, but not for Khalia Garrison!...continued>>

November 14, 2003
Determination Plus Hard Work Equals Success in the Governor's Office
Carolyn King is currently attending Tallahassee Community College (TCC) while working as an Administrative Assistant in Governor Bush's External Affairs Office....continued>>

November 12, 2003
Language Is No Barrier for Oakshire Elementary
Robert Avossa, principal of Oakshire Elementary School, knows that his teachers and staff face tremendous challenges every day....continued>>

November 10, 2003
Let Freedom Ring: A Veterans Day Celebration
Students at Rowlett Magnet Elementary School got the opportunity to show their appreciation to the veterans of Manatee County on Nov. 6....continued>>

November 7, 2003
Junior College Grad Is Mathematician on a Global Scale
As North Florida Community College (NFCC) gears up to celebrate its 45th anniversary, November 22, the college has been gathering information about its many outstanding alumni....continued>>

November 5, 2003
Student Maintains Academic Excellence in Spite of Life's Demands
For nursing student Sarena Gadson, Central Florida Community College (CFCC) offered everything she wanted when she began looking for a college. It was close to home, the classes were small, and instructors and fellow students were able to get to know each other....continued>>

November 3, 2003
Port Salerno Students Double Reading Goal
Last year, Assistant Principal Larry Green of Port Salerno Elementary spent an entire day on the roof of the school reading to students. He challenged them to read 3,000 books in five weeks, but they more than doubled that goal, reading 7,347 books....continued>>

October 31, 2003
SCC Leadership Challenge Team Featured on Florida Leader Magazine Cover
For the first time in college history, the Seminole Community College (SCC) Leadership Challenge Team was featured on the cover of a statewide education magazine, Florida Leader....continued>>

October 29, 2003
City of Coral Gables Meets Academic Challenges with Project SUCCEED
In the quiet suburban city of Coral Gables, an epic battle against failure is well underway. In classrooms that become more diverse with each passing year, prospective teachers are being prepared to meet the challenges of being a Florida educator in the 21st century....continued>>

October 27, 2003
Gamble to Take Welding Courses Pays off Big
When Mike Yanes was told about a new welding program being offered at his workplace, he thought he might give it a try....continued>>

October 24, 2003
FSU Professor a Bright Spot on Neuroscience Horizon
Fighting disease may one day be easier by altering the flow of electrical signals through the brain. That's where Debra Ann Fadool comes in....continued>>

October 22, 2003
Community Support Contributes to Idyllwilde Elementary Student Success
When Idyllwilde Elementary in Seminole County was named a "D" school in 1999, Principal David B. Scott assembled a group of team leaders from each grade level to develop a plan of action to increase school-wide student achievement. Since then, they have not wavered from that plan....continued>>

October 20, 2003
FCCJ Professor Shares Special Bond With Students
Roberta Thomas's resumé is a glowing example of success and determination for anyone who feels somehow not "good enough" to be a success because they have dropped out of high school, or because they "only have a GED" as opposed to a regular high-school diploma....continued>>

October 17, 2003
Family Receives Support and HOPE From Edison Community College
Gold Love will be able to see the promise of a great education for her children thanks to Edison Community College President Dr. Kenneth Walker....continued>>

October 15, 2003
UCF Teaching Academy to Benefit K-20 Education
Educators at the University of Central Florida set out six years ago to create an academy where teachers could learn proven and promising practices in teaching, learning and leadership....continued>>

October 13, 2003
Wall Street Journal Names New College of Florida as a Top "Feeder School"
Which colleges send the most students to elite grad schools like Yale Med or Wharton? That's the question asked and answered by the Wall Street Journal in a Weekend Journal cover story in its September 26 edition....continued>>

October 10, 2003
FAMU College of Law Student Awarded for Volunteer Efforts
Jorge C. Quintana has just begun his legal education at the Florida A&M University College of Law, but he has already served the Central Florida community as a volunteer. His work with non-profit organizations and the people they serve was recognized October 6 by Governor Jeb Bush's office....continued>>

October 8, 2003
Northwood Elementary School Improves from a "C" to an "A"
Northwood Elementary School improved its grade this year from a C to an A. Education Commissioner Jim Horne, joined by several members of the State Legislature, visited Northwood Elementary to recognize the school's improvement and to present a check for $50,880....continued>>

October 6, 2003
USF Starts New Construction at Health Sciences Center
The University of South Florida in Tampa has launched an ambitious building project to change the face of the Health Sciences Center and transform how its graduates care for patients....continued>>

October 3, 2003
Suwannee Middle FFA Chapter at 2003 State Convention
The Suwannee Middle School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter recently received the National Chapter Award and will be recognized at the November 2003 FFA National Convention in Louisville, KY....continued>>

October 1, 2003
Never Too Late to Become a GED Tutor
When Betty Hastens decided she wanted her high school diploma, she was already 85 years old. According to Paul Parker, Director of Washington-Holmes Technical Center, Betty's daughter tried to talk her out of it, but she was determined....continued>>

September 29, 2003
Straight 'A' Student Finds Way to Improve
As a sixth grader at Hudson Middle School in Pasco County, Mandy Nagy was excited about entering into to her new school. In her first two years at Hudson, Mandy excelled as a straight "A" student with perfect attendance while enrolled in advanced math and band....continued>>

September 26, 2003
Governor Jeb Bush and FAU Launch Center of Excellence
Florida Atlantic University welcomed Governor Jeb Bush as he and FAU President Frank T. Brogan formally launched the Center of Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology at FAU's SeaTech campus on September 23....continued>>

September 24, 2003
The Milagro Center Helps Delray Beach Students Learn and Grow
The Milagro Center serves low-income and at-risk students in kindergarten through fifth grade in Delray Beach. The program has three components: academic enrichment; youth leadership; and cultural arts education....continued>>

September 22, 2003
Independence Means Many Things to Military Man
At least one member of the military has learned that serving your country does not have to conflict with fulfilling personal goals. United States Coast Guard Seaman Jeremy Frizzell is earning an Associate in Arts degree this spring thanks to the Independent Studies program at the Miami-Dade Community College (M-DCC) Kendall Campus....continued>>

September 19, 2003
Young Middle Magnet Program Encourages Students to Excel
The Connect-A-Kid Program at Young Middle Magnet School in Hillsborough County is contributing to great results on the FCAT through learning gains. Dr. J.C. Barnes, coordinator, says the program's focus is to establish and maintain a positive connection between the students, parents, teachers and school community....continued>>

September 17, 2003
IRCC Combats Teacher Shortage
Indian River Community College has been awarded Federal and State grants totaling $863,000 for new programs that recruit and educate teachers and fast-track adults with Bachelor's degrees into local classrooms....continued>>

September 15, 2003
FSU Project Portrays Plight of Political Prisoners in Cuba
While the world was focused on the war in Iraq last spring, the Castro regime moved quickly to detain, convict and imprison 75 political dissidents in Cuba in one of the most severe crackdowns on that country's struggling democracy movement in decades....continued>>

September 12, 2003
Duval Elementary Rises to the Standards in One Year
Principal Leanetta McNealy was determined her school would succeed and with her determination and fire Charles W. Duval Elementary in Gainesville surpassed even her imagination....continued>>

September 11, 2003
University of Florida to Share in $45 Million Grant to Fight Bioterrorism, New Diseases
The University of Florida, together with a consortium of five other Southeastern universities, will share a five-year, $45 million federal grant to combat bioterrorism threats such as smallpox and emerging diseases such as SARS....continued>>

September 10, 2003
Hillcrest Elementary Prepares for "A" Great Year
Last year, Hillcrest Elementary increased its school grade from a D to a B. Principal Beverly Lynne credits this achievement to "increased staff development for teachers, more active participation involving parents, and a school-wide focus making reading the priority....continued>>

September 9, 2003
Dedicated Teachers at Miami Edison Senior Make a Difference
Ms. Nancy Cardenales describes herself as a "visual" teacher. Her classroom is elegantly adorned with history posters and visual aids that make being in her class a pleasant experience....continued>>

September 8, 2003
First Aid Silver Medalist
Tonja Edwards is a survivor and a winner. Not only is she a 2002 graduate of the Cosmetology program, she is also the 2002 National Silver Medalist in CPR/First Aid (Skills USA-VICA)....continued>>

September 5, 2003
Pine Grove Elementary Takes No Excuses
In 2002, Dr. Janice Cover became the principal of Palm Beach County's Pine Grove Elementary School. Pine Grove was formerly a fine arts magnet school, but when Dr. Cover came aboard she created a plan to focus the curriculum on reading and writing instead....continued>>

September 4, 2003
Polk Community College Student Wins Fourth Place in National Essay Contest
Charles Howell of Lakeland always dreamed of working alongside his father as an accountant. But to do so, he had to overcome several serious challenges...continued>>

September 3, 2003
Ocoee Middle School is First to Try E-Learning Curriculum
On Friday, August 22, Education Commissioner Jim Horne visited OMS to congratulate the school for earning this first-ever pilot program ...continued>>

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