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Polk Co. named Ford Next Generation Learning Community
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Polk Co. named Ford Next Generation Learning Community

Polk Co., FL-- Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) has named Polk County as a Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) Community ‐‐ one of only 17 communities in the nation.

According to the county, Polk's commitment to align community resources to support the growth of high school Polk Academies played a big role in the designation. High School Polk Academies are said to prepare students for college and a career by providing opportunities to:

  • Learn academics through the lens of a career, making it more relevant and engaging;
  • Work with professionals in the field who mentor them in their projects;
  • Develop problem‐solving, critical‐thinking, communication and teamwork skills through engaging in real‐world problems with their peers, business and post‐secondary representatives;
  • Explore possible career pathways so they can make more informed decisions about their future

The county hopes to make the academies available to every student at every high school over time. 

"Our founder Henry Ford built an entire industry from his relentless focus on innovation,” said Cheryl Carrier, director, Ford NGL at Ford Motor Company Fund. “Today communities are looking for innovative ways to leverage their resources to develop scalable and sustainable systems that provide students with the skills needed for success in a global economy. We are excited to expand our partnership with Polk County.”

To celebrate this designation, members of Polk County chambers of commerce will join together on one night for their “The Business Education Event” which will bring together the students of Polk Academies with the business leaders throughout the community. This event will be held on January 29, 2012 from 4:30 p.m.‐7:00 p.m. at LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven and is free to the community. To RSVP contact Julie Hudson at 863‐519‐8276 or julie.hudson@polk‐fl.net.

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