Polk State College is proud to be one of 15 schools across the nation to receive a $100,000 grant from All Within My Hands as part of the Metallica Scholars Initiative. The initiative is providing direct support to Polk State’s Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Machining Program. This includes scholarships for unemployed and underemployed individuals to complete the four-month program’s short-term training courses as well as funds for students to take exams for six National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifications.


Polk County Public Schools are committed to safely reopening.  Every school has been issued washable masks so they can offer every staff member and student up to five masks, with an additional 155,000 masks on order. They’ve purchased 10,000 reusable face shields, more than 280 desk shields, and more than 1 million disposable gloves.  They’re installing more than 9,000 hand soap dispensers on campuses and hand sanitizing dispensers throughout all of the common areas of campuses, including cafeterias, media centers and gymnasiums.


State Farm Winter Haven associates held a Virtual Back to School Drive to support teachers and students at Winter Haven’s John Snively Elementary School and Denison Middle School.  They gave donations worth over $2,800 that will help up to 262 students and 50 teachers.  State Farm agents across Florida also donated over $20,000 in school supplies to different schools and non-profits across the state.


Winter Haven City Commission passed Ordinance O-20-32 extending the masks/face covering requirement inside the City limits consistent with CDC guidelines.  This Emergency Ordinance expires September 15 unless rescinded and/or extended. The Emergency Ordinance will be enforced in the area inside the incorporated limit of Winter Haven with a fine of $150 for those that don’t comply.


Lake Region High School’s new Water Academy is the first of its kind in the school district.  Students accepted to the Water Academy will learn about hydrology, geological principles of water resources, wetlands management, stormwater systems, environmental water resources, equipment and facilities maintenance, and scientific and research concepts through face-to-face and virtual activities.  Fifty Juniors and Seniors from the district could apply.  


The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College will reopen to the public on Sept. 8th.  They are requiring all visitors and staff to wear masks and have their temperatures taken at the entrance.  They will be constantly cleaning the facility and following strict social distancing guidelines.  Walk-ins are allowed, however advanced registration online is preferred.  Admission to the museum is always free.  Members are able to visit on the Member-Exclusive days, two weeks prior to the general public.


A live missile was found near Lakeland Linder International Airport on Aug. 14th.  It was taken into custody by an explosives team from MacDill Air Force Base.  The southeast side of the airport and Polk State College Airside were evacuated. The Military Times reported that the missile was live, but not armed. The French S-530 guided missile used in air-to-air combat was found near the offices of defense contractor Draken International.


Polk State College entered Phase II of its Return to Campus Plan on August 17 with some functions returning to the Winter Haven and Lakeland campuses and most operations continuing to take place remotely.  The Winter Haven Administration (WAD) Building and Lakeland Technology Building (LTB) are open to students and visitors to access services including advising, registration, and financial aid. The College encourages students to only come to campus if necessary.

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