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Thursday, October 28, 2021 — Polk State College and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort celebrated the latest extension of their partnership with an open house on Wednesday at the LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat, where the public learned more about the opportunity to achieve employment with the resort and prepaid scholarships to the College as part of the new Building Higher Prepaid Scholarship Program.

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LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s initial investment of $30,000 to the Polk State College Foundation has launched the Building Higher Prepaid Scholarship Program for LEGOLAND® Florida Resort employees.

“Polk State College is proud to build on its longstanding partnership with LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, which continues to provide internship and employment opportunities for hundreds of Polk State students and alumni,” Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti said. “This new initiative is a testament to our success as partners in creating a powerful workforce pipeline that is propelling the economic development of Polk County forward through academic and career-building opportunities.”

Building Higher pre-paid scholarships will ensure that eligible LEGOLAND® Florida Resort employees have no out-of-pocket tuition costs by covering tuition balances at Polk State upfront that are not already covered by other forms of financial aid. The scholarships will cover all degree and non-degree programs, and provide financial support for employees who meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of four full days of work availability per week
  • Minimum of 60 days of employment service
  • Maximum of five classes/15 credit hours per semester
  • Maintain a minimum grade of C in each class

“At LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, our employees, known as Model Citizens, are the heart of the guest experience. Through our benefit programs and development opportunities, we strive to ensure that our Model Citizens have the opportunity for personal and professional growth,” said Rex Jackson, Managing Director of LEGOLAND® Resorts – North America. “Our special relationship with Polk State College provides our Model Citizens with access to a high-quality education, right here in Polk County. I have valued the partnership that LEGOLAND® Florida Resort has had with Polk State College through the years and I’m excited to see the next chapter unfold through our new Building Higher prepaid scholarship program, which will provide new opportunities and career growth for our Model Citizens.”

Individuals who are interested in employment with LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and this prepaid scholarship opportunity can contact for more information.

About Polk State College

Located in Winter Haven, Florida, and established in 1964, Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving more than 14,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts, and Associate in Science degrees, as well as 9,000 individuals in a wide range of certificate and workforce training programs. The College also operates three charter high schools.

Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; and a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.

About LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is the ultimate vacation destination for families with kids. Located 45 minutes from Orlando and Tampa, the Resort features an interactive, 150-acre Theme Park with more than 50 rides, live shows and themed attractions inspired by popular LEGO® brands and characters, a seasonably heated Water Park, that is open year-round, with more than a dozen family water slides, and three uniquely themed on-site accommodations. Located 130 kid-steps away from the Theme Park’s front gate, LEGOLAND® Hotel and the new LEGOLAND® Pirate Island Hotel bring the Theme Park fun into the hotel with nightly entertainment, resort pools, and guest rooms with separate adult and child sleeping areas, and in-room treasure hunts. Just across the street, LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat features beach-themed bungalows in village-style layout centered around outdoor play areas and unforgettable Florida lake views.

2021 marks the Theme Park’s 10th birthday and a year of celebrations for LEGOLAND including a full lineup of events, new openings, and an all-new show, Brickbeard’s Watersports Stunt Show, that features gravity-defying stunts including wakeboarding, barefoot skiing, and an all-new flyboard act above the legendary Lake Eloise. More information is available at

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