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Kathleen Plinske, president of Valencia’s Osceola and Lake Nona campuses. 
spoke at Wednesday’s “State of Education.”

Education leaders focus on student career training

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Every graduating high school senior in Osceola County will receive an acceptance letter from Valencia College later this spring, whether they applied or not. It’s a new outreach effort by Valencia to attract students who may not otherwise know their options after high school. Osceola County’s 78 percent high school graduation rate is higher than the state average, but the district is below average when

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  • Osceola student chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Valerie Caro-Beltrán, a student at Osceola County School for the Arts, has been selected for the 2015 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will perform as a first soprano at Carnegie Hall in February with the Honors Choir. Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across North America and select schools internationally. Valerie, a junior, auditioned

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  • Community Vision nursing program provides education, inspires hope

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm

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A valedictorian  of the Community Vision nursing program, Erin Cody, 24, works on her laptop in her family’s Poinciana home.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Erin Cody got hooked up with Emily Moreland in July by happenstance. Cody was pursuing educational opportunities  – a way to get ahead, better herself.  And Moreland, who works for Community Vision, was the woman who could help. The nonprofit was recruiting for its new nursing and home health aid program. “I put my number out there,” said Moreland, who heads Community Vision’s Project OPEN,

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  • ‘Blackfish’ debate inspires PHS newspaper’s Sea World tour

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The student journalists at Poinciana High School got a vivid and positive lesson recently about how far their viewpoint can be recognized. Student staff members of the Poinciana Point, the school newspaper, were invited last week to participate in a special back stage VIP tour of SeaWorld after the theme park recognized the newspaper for its editorials in November on both sides of the controversial

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  • Ortronicon returns this weekend to the Orlando Science Center

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 10:11 am

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor One of Central Florida’s favorite science events, Otronicon, returns to the Orlando Science Center starting tomorrow and continuing through Jan. 19. This is the 10th consecutive year the center has been joined by multiple industry partners to host the interactive technology event and the role technology plays in how we live, learn, work and play. This year’s partners include

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  • Kenton’s Kowboy Classics issues challenge to school students

    Posted on January 9, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Recently, Kenton’s Kow­boy Classics challenged 700 students of the Osceola County School for the Arts to bring to life the legacy and spirit of the Florida cracker cowboy through the visual arts. The challenge, in the form of a power point presentation, traces the steps of the early Spanish explorers who brought the original Andalusian cattle to America, to the later cowhunters, pioneers and Seminole Indians of their day, to

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  • Record number of Osceola students named to all-state band, orchestra

    Posted on January 2, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    This year, a record 49 students representing 24 music programs in the Osceola County School District have been selected into an all-state music group. The Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) will be holding the 2015 FMEA Professional Development Clinic-Conference from January 14-17 at the Tampa Convention Center. The 49 students selected is a record high for Osceola County, according to a School District press release. Accompanying the conference, selected students

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