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October 15, 2010
North Florida Community College ranked among nation’s “Top 50 Community Colleges”
North Florida Community College (NFCC), the smallest college in the Florida College System, has been named as one of America’s best community colleges in the Washington Monthly magazine’s 2010 College Rankings edition.

October 15, 2010
Students Recognized For Promoting Bus Safety
Three Florida students were recognized by the Florida Departments of Education, Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and Transportation for going above and beyond to promote the importance of school bus safety.

October 15, 2010
Polk County Schools Awarded Federal Grant to Enhance Magnet Programs
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $11.3 million grant to Polk County Schools to enhance magnet school programs.

October 15, 2010
Brevard County School Gets Grant to Keep Kids Moving
MILA Elementary School in Brevard County is the only Florida recipient and one of only 60 nationwide for a $2,000 grant from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education to inspire students to be more active and adopt healthy choices.

October 15, 2010
Miami-Dade College Receives Multiple Awards for Service and Faculty Excellence
The prestigious Washington Center recognized Miami-Dade College (MDC) in two areas on Oct. 4, 2010, the only institution in the country to receive two awards and one of only six institutions to be honored.

October 15, 2010
Pensacola State College Awarded Grant to Provide Access for Needy Students
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Pensacola State College an $8.5 million grant to improve postsecondary access for needy students over the next five years.

October 15, 2010
Tallahassee Community College Opens Advanced Manufacturing Training Center
The Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (AMTC) at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) is now open and offering a full schedule of courses.

September 20, 2010
Broward County Students Compete in Solar Car Challenge
After working eight to 12 hours a day during the summer of 2010 on their student-built solar car, a group of dedicated students at South Plantation High School in Broward County placed second in the nation in the classic division of the 2010 Hunt-Winston Solar Car Challenge in July 2010.

August 02, 2010
Florida History Fair Team Excels at National Competition
After months of intensive research and success at district and state level competitions, 56 students from 14 counties represented Florida at the National History Day competition in June 2010 in College Park, Md.

July 28, 2010
Award Recognizes Excellence in Technology Education
The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) – the National Science Foundation Center for excellence in high-tech manufacturing at Hillsborough Community College in Brandon – will receive the 2010 HI-TECH Innovative Program Award at the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference on July 28, 2010 in Orlando.

July 28, 2010
Valencia To Offer New Security Program
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has contracted with Valencia Community College to participate in a training program for Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) employed with TSA.

July 28, 2010
Polk State College Gets Grant for Job Training Programs
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $2.9 million Community-Based Job Training Grant to Polk State College to implement their Engineering Technology and Advanced Manufacturing (ETAM) initiative.

July 19, 2010
Collaborative Curriculum Challenge Grants for Gifted Announced
Four Florida School district programs have been selected as part of the 2010-11 Collaborative Curriculum Challenge Grants for Gifted.

July 02, 2010
Florida Teacher Receives National Civics Award
Jackie Viana, a Social Studies educator and department chair at Hialeah Gardens Middle School in Miami-Dade County, has been named a winner of the 2010 American Civic Education Teacher Award.

July 02, 2010
Okaloosa Educator Inducted Into National Teachers Hall of Fame
Linda P. Evanchyk, an English and Journalism teacher at Choctawhatchee High School and a reading teacher at Feeder Elementary School in Okaloosa County, was one of five educators in the nation to be named as a member of the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

June 08, 2010
Outstanding School Volunteers Recognized
The 2010 School Volunteers have been named by the Florida Department of Education in recognition of their outstanding dedication and commitment to quality education in Florida.

May 20, 2010
Four Florida Students Selected as 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars
Four outstanding Florida high school students have been named 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars in recognition of their academic achievement, service, leadership and creativity.

May 20, 2010
Pensacola Junior College Professor Wins National Award
Wayne Wooten, an astronomy professor at Pensacola Junior College (PJC), has won the Astronomical League Award, the highest award in amateur astronomy given to an individual who has made worthwhile contributions in astronomy at the national or international level.

May 11, 2010
Hillsborough County Student Wins National Essay Contest
David Walden, a student at Durant High School in Plant City, was the only winner from Florida and among 10 nationwide winners in the 12th Annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) Risk Management Strategies Writing Contest.

May 11, 2010
Lee County School’s JROTC Scores in National Competition
South Fort Myers High School’s JROTC Marksmanship team placed eighth in the nation at the U.S. Army National Junior Air Rifle Championships earlier this month in Fort Benning, Ga.

May 7, 2010
Brevard Student Earns Third Highest Score on Cambridge Examination
Kaley Sansing, a senior at Rockledge High School in Brevard County, has earned a prestigious honor from the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in recognition of her outstanding performance in the June 2009 examination session.

May 7, 2010
Orange County School To Compete In National Rocketry Competition
Howard Middle School in Orange County will send a team of 10 students and their teachers to compete in the Team America Rocketry Challenge national finals on May 15, 2010, in The Plains, Va.

May 4, 2010
Lake-Sumter Community College Students To Attend Aerospace Scholars Program
Students Jenni Larmore, Unika Cole and Ben Hair from Lake-Sumter Community College are three of 60 students from across the nation to be part of the National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on May 20 – 22, 2010.

May 4, 2010
Miami-Dade College Student Named to Prestigious Scholar’s List
Eva B. Sevilla, a civil engineering Honors College student at the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus, has been named as one of 80 college students nationwide to be named as a 2010 Udall Scholar.

April 26, 2010
Chipola Brain Bowlers Win Third State Title
The Brain Bowl Team from Chipola College claimed its third straight state title in the Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) State Tournament last month at Brevard Community College.

April 26, 2010
Polk County Student Overcomes Disability To Win National Award
Lyudmilla Fuentes, an eighth grade student at Rochelle School of the Arts in Polk County, is one of 27 students in the nation to win a 2010 “Yes I Can” award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

March 26, 2010
Florida Teachers Selected for National Academy
Twenty Florida teachers have been selected to attend the 2010 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers’ Academy, a one-week, all-expense-paid intensive professional development program for third through fifth grade teachers.

March 19, 2010
Polk County Students Win Business Awards
Five students enrolled in the business technology program at Travis Career Center in Polk County won awards at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Conference in Orlando.

March 19, 2010
Orange County School Featured on National Television
Ocoee Middle School in Orange County received national attention from The Oprah Show after the school’s video “Gotta Keep Reading” was featured on the March 5 program.

March 8, 2010
Hillsborough County Bus Driver Wins Literacy Award
Timothy Driggers, a school bus driver with Hillsborough County Schools, was honored with the Celebrate Literacy Award for implementing a literacy program on his school bus.

March 8, 2010
Lee County School Receives National Honor
Dunbar High School in Lee County has been named a Magnet School of Distinction for the third time in the past four years.

March 8, 2010
Polk County Students Receive Presidential Award
Four students from Lakeland High School in Polk County were named recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award at the Florida Learn and Serve Conference last month in Orlando.

March 8, 2010
Orange County School Named a Florida School of Character
The Golden Rule Foundation has recognized Lancaster Elementary School in Orange County as a 2010 Florida School of Character.

March 8, 2010
Edison State College Student Honored for Heroic Service
The Lee County Board of County Commissioners recently recognized James Leavor, a student in the Evening Nursing Program at Edison State College, for Meritorious, Exemplary and Heroic Service.

March 8, 2010
Pensacola Junior College Marketing Team Wins National Awards
The marketing team at Pensacola Junior College has won nine awards in the nation’s largest educational advertising awards competition.

March 3, 2010
Future Educators of America Conference Promotes Education Careers
More than 400 Florida high school and college students recently attended the Florida Future Educators Conference in Orlando to learn about education as a career and to compete in competitions.

February 8, 2010
Celebrate Literacy, Florida! Public Service Announcement Winners
This year’s Celebrate Literacy, Florida! public service announcement (PSA) contest winners were in Tallahassee Jan. 25 to receive their awards from literacy-partner Walt Disney World.

February 8, 2010
Miami-Dade Professor is Florida’s Professor of the Year
Miami-Dade College Professor Sandra Shultz has been named the 2009 U.S. Professor of the Year for the state of Florida by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

February 8, 2010
Gulf Coast Community College Responds to Job Training Needs
In response to increased demands from state and local employers, Gulf Coast Community College’s Technology Division developed a new certificate program and is expanding an existing Associate in Applied Science degree program.

February 8, 2010
Hillsborough Community College Offers Biotechnology Course
Hillsborough Community College, in partnership with the Center for Excellence for Bimolecular Identification and Targeted Therapeutics at the University of South Florida and the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center, is offering the first course in its Associate of Science in Biotechnology degree program.

February 8, 2010
Brevard Teacher Wins National Recognition
Linda Cornman, an Adapted Itinerant Physical Education Teacher with Brevard County Schools, has won the Every Body Can! Adapted Physical Education Activity Video Contest sponsored by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

February 8, 2010
Lee County School Gets Grant
Bonita Springs Middle School in Lee County was recently awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant totaling $4,565.

February 8, 2010
Florida Student Places First in National Competition
Charlton Cheng, a senior at Ferguson High School in Miami-Dade County, recently placed first in the engineering division of the National Agriscience Fair sponsored by the National Future Farmers of America Organization.

January 26, 2010
Pensacola Junior College Coach Inducted Into National Hall of Fame
Bill Hamilton, Pensacola Junior College (PJC) Athletic Director and longtime PJC baseball coach, was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Hall of Fame on Jan. 7, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.

January 26, 2010
Florida State College at Jacksonville Garners Grant for Job Trainin
The Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) recently received a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor to train people for “green jobs.”

January 26, 2010
Santa Fe College Entrepreneur Incubator Graduates First Two Companies
The Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED) at Santa Fe College recently graduated its first two companies as part of its Entrepreneur Incubator initiative.

January 26, 2010
Three Students Win State Contest
Three Florida students have been named winners of the 2010 Florida State Radon Poster Contest sponsored by the Florida Department of Health.

January 08, 2010
Lee County Librarian One of Top Ten in Nation
Dana Thomas, librarian at Cypress Lake Middle School in Lee County, has been named one of the 2009 I Love My Librarian Award winners, recognizing her as one of America’s Top 10 Librarians.

January 08, 2010
Nassau County Schools Earn StormReady® Supporter Designation
The National Weather Service in Jacksonville recently recognized Nassau County Public Schools as the first StormReady® Supporter School District in the country.

January 08, 2010
Innovative Partnership Brings Laser Photonics Academy to Orange County School
Florida’s first high school Laser Photonics Academy was recently unveiled at Wekiva High School.

January 08, 2010
Two Polk Educators Recognized by Professional Organizatio
Polk County educators Chad Garcia of Lakeland High School and Diane Bondurant of Tenoroc High School were recently honored by the Florida Council of Teachers of English (FCTE).

January 08, 2010
Grant to Benefit Brevard Engineering Program
The PiraTech Engineering Program at Palm Bay High School in Brevard County will benefit from a $25,000 grant from AT&T to the Brevard Schools Foundation.

January 08, 2010
Lake City Community College Honored with First Place Award
The National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) recently recognized the mathematics department at Lake City Community College with a first place award in the Curriculum and Program Innovation category of the 2009 Exemplary Initiative Competition.

January 08, 2010
Seminole State College Student Wins International Scholarship
Seminole State College recently announced Brava Reyes as its first recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Reyes, a film and media student, will spend the 2010 spring term attending the International College of Seville in Seville, Spain, through a program sponsored by Broward College and the College Consortium for International Studies.

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