Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2019 by Polk Newsroom

Students in the Establishing Leaders in Teacher Education (ELITE) Program received a firsthand look at their future college campus and the resources already available to them at Polk State College, although they are sophomores at Ridge Community High School.

Ten high schoolers visited the Lakeland Campus, where they met Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd and Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti, received their Polk State IDs, and toured the Education baccalaureate program’s Steelcase Education Active Learning Classroom.

“I never imagined that the college environment would be like this – welcoming, colorful, and fun,” said Emely Salcedo. Polk State and School District officials cheered as Salcedo became the first ELITE student to

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