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Seminole State, SCPS unite to support education

Seminole State College and Seminole County Public Schools are partnering to create a positive learning environment and help shape the educational future of Seminole County.

Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee and SCPS Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin collaborated on a My Word column, published Oct. 27 in the Orlando Sentinel’s Opinion section.

The column discusses this month’s workshop in which Seminole State’s Board of Trustees and the SCPS School Board went over various ways for the two educational entities to work together for the benefit of the community.

Here are a few examples of how Seminole State and SCPS are working together:

  • Partnering on the planned Altamonte Springs Campus expansion. Seminole State has asked SCPS to be an anchor partner to identify and help create programs for an “education city.”
  • Developing  a college readiness program that has decreased the need for math remediation from 70 percent to 30 percent.
  • Admitting SCPS high-achieving graduates directly into Seminole State’s Honors Institute.
  • Offering scholarship opportunities to at-risk, first-generation college students who are part of the SCPS Transition Program.
  • Developing a shared cost approach to dual enrollment that increased the number of courses this year, resulting in a 38 percent enrollment increase over last year’s Fall Term.
  • Procuring a $900,000 award from the National Science Foundation dedicated to helping high school students to pursue STEM careers.

“Truly, a distinctive spirit of collaboration and cooperation permeates education at all levels in Seminole County – a genuine strength for this region which bodes well for the continuation of educational excellence for decades to come,” Griffin and McGee wrote in the column.

To learn more about Seminole State’s partnership with the SCPS, read the full article on the Orlando Sentinel’s website.

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