After twenty years in education, as a teacher, school counselor and Director of Accelerated Pathways at Florida SouthWestern State College, Dr. Amanda Sterk found her passion helping students and families navigate the high school to college process in order to reach their college and career goals.
In this issue: 3 Steps to a Great College Application, R U Ready Webinars, 4 College Application Apps, Letters of Recommendations, Download: Teacher Recommendation Form, Jumping the Hurdle of College Tuition, College Application Types, The Importance of Nurturing a Growth Mindset, The Benefits of Thankfulness, Teens & The Importance of Job Shadowing, 4 Ways to Find a Job Shadow Experience
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. recently awarded the Southwest Florida Community Foundation a grant in the amount of $10,000 to aid the FutureMakers Coalition in replicating their healthcare system alignment work addressing local workforce gaps for the healthcare industry.
SAIL to 60 initiative sets the goal for at least 60 percent of working-age Florida adults to hold a high-value postsecondary degree, certificate or training experience by the year 2030.
There are many unsung heroes in Southwest Florida who work hard in the trenches to move the needle on the most critical issues facing the community. These individuals volunteer their time and give selflessly to ensure that work is being done to create a sustainable future for the next generation and beyond. FutureMaker Andy Getch is the epitome of such a hero. An engineer by trade, artist and musician by night Getch has been hailed as one of the most dedicated of all citizen volunteers within the Coalition. During the most recent scholarship cycle for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Andy held the record for most amount of scholarships reviewed by the entire panel of volunteers. A member of the FutureMakers Data Team, he works tirelessly to shine a light on the areas of the work that require the most attention by contributing to the Annual Outcomes Report and Business Survey. This is invaluable to the coalition’s efforts to target equity in attainment by defining priority populations in the five-county region. Getch grew up in the Lee County School System during a time when the area was still segregated, which has translated to a deep concern for closing the equity gaps that plague the community. Andy also volunteers his time to serve on the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s Sustainability Committee where he gathers transportation data to support the sustainable community design aspect the group’s work. Andy and his wife Debby are members of the Americana Community Music Association. They have incorporated their love of music to host a FutureMakers Coalition benefit concert where artists like Friction Farm, a modern folk duo who are outcome aligned with the Coalition, joined forces to increase literacy rates. Andy Getch continues to be a great example of FutureMakers working to dedicate their time to create impact.
In this issue: The Lost Skills of Teens Today, Educator Corner: The Books You Need, Parenting: Don’t let your Teen Sleep the Summer Away, Parenting: 5 Ways to Get Tour Teen Moving, Infographic: Meaning Behind LGBTQ Pride, Student Voice: If You Need a Reason to Study Abroad, Parenting: Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer, Student Voice: Outbursts: Dealing with Emotional Confrontations
Don’t wait until fall to get started on your college applications!!! Join Dr. Sterk for an informal gathering to talk about the college application process for Florida students and have some great coffee at Perk & Brew. Students will get expert tips on what colleges are looking for in applications, how to structure your college documents, and know what questions to ask when visiting colleges. This is a must attend for any family thinking about the college process!
Register at: unmaze.me/events
Back when we went to Pre-Kindergarten, we remember playing games, being taught to use scissors properly, staying in the lines while coloring pictures and even taking naps. Today, PreK students are rarely given the opportunity to engage in those basic activities due to the rigorous expectations that have been placed on Florida public school students. The goals for Florida public school students to meet and exceed are at an all-time high and without a solid educational foundation, our students will always be struggling to catch up.