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Polk County Schools
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With an enrollment of nearly 93,000 students, the school district of Polk County is the eighth largest in Florida and the thirty-first largest in the United States. The district has 160 school sites including 66 elementary schools, 19 middle schools and 17 high schools. Also included are charter schools, career centers, adult schools, alternative schools and pre-kindergarten sites.
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What’s one way to create a $3 billion economic boom in Polk County?
Increase the post-secondary graduation rate by ONE PERCENT!
An initiative partnering Polk Vision and local colleges and universities, Graduate Polk, is aimed to increase college-completion rates in the Lakeland/Winter Haven area by December. The impact would give a much-needed boost to Polk County’s overall economic health. Currently, the county’s local attainment rate of 17 percent – those 25 years of age or older with a Bachelor’s degree or higher – falls well below the national average of 28.5 percent. Graduate Polk plans to increase the number of Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degrees earned by 600.
Polk Vision and local colleges are focusing on those who already have credit but never finished their degrees. Those interested should call (863) 298-6855. An assistant at the call center will ask individualS about their previous credits earned and interests, later directing them to the schools where they can complete their degrees in the fastest time possible. Local colleges have committed to help encourage those students as they finally are able to finish what they started.
Graduate Polk is also focusing on a $1 million-dollar prize, sponsored by CEOs for Cities, for the metro area with the largest growth in degree-completion rates. If Polk County wins, the funds will be put into an account at the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland to be used for education purposes in the area.
For more information, or to receive distribution materials, contact Polk Vision at
or call (863) 646-0439.