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Wednesday, September 28, 2022 — Polk State College’s campuses and centers will remain closed through Friday due to Hurricane Ian. This includes collegiate high schools, dual enrollment, and online classes. The College’s Emergency Management Team will continue to meet daily to determine if closures need to be modified or extended. Updates will be provided on and through local and social media.

As of the 11 a.m. Wednesday advisory, Ian is approximately 45 miles west-northwest of Naples and about 50 miles south-southwest of Punta Gorda. Maximum sustained winds are at 155 mph and the storm is moving north-northeast at approximately 9 mph.

Polk State urges everyone to sign up for AlertPolk and monitor messaging from Polk County Emergency Management, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and the National Hurricane Center.

Students, faculty, and staff should also ensure contact information in Passport is up to date to receive emergency alerts from Polk State. Students should check under “My Details” and employees should check under “Personal” and “Change Contact Info.” Numbers entered in the “Cellular Number” field in the “Personal Information” section will be used for emergency voice and text messages. Information” section will be used for emergency voice and text messages.

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.

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