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Edison State College hosts Open House today

July 27, 2011
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Edison State College invites you to an Open House today, Wednesday, July 27. The Open House will feature presentations about how to apply to the College, the Career Services available to all Edison State students, and information on federal funding currently available for eligible students through Southwest Florida Works.

The Open House will be held Wednesday, July 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in AA177 at Edison State College, 8099 College Parkway in Fort Myers. (AA177 is easily accessed from parking lot 2.)

The first half of the event will feature presentations about numerous opportunities for students at Edison State College Participants will be given details regarding the steps to admissions. Career Services will present information on Career Assessment Tests available to all students and Southwest Florida Works will discuss new funding and programs available to students this fall. Southwest Florida Works has $4 million to spend locally to assist students this fall semester. A portion of the funding will be spent on student education and a portion will be used for workforce development for students enrolled in targeted demand occupations. Southwest Florida Works will work with students to determine if they qualify for the need-based program and ultimately to secure short-term work experience for eligible students within their chosen field.

“While studying for a degree in a demand-occupation field, select students will be able to be employed in that field and gain valuable skills and experience. That's an exciting link we're able to provide for the first time!” explained Beth Barger, Career Development Representative for Southwest Florida Works. “The job market is so tight right now that graduating students with career-specific experience are greatly benefited when they seek full-time employment.”

“A Career Assessment Test is available to all Edison State students through Career Services to ensure that every student is playing to their strengths,” explained Dr. Kevin Kennedy, Career Services Coordinator at Edison State. “Students that are eligible for the Workforce program through Southwest Florida Works will take the test to help them identify a compatible career path so that they can succeed academically, increase their marketability upon graduation, and greatly benefit employers in our area.”

Staff will be available after the presentations to speak with students individually and answer questions regarding the application process and eligibility for the Southwest Florida Works funding. Edison State College is currently accepting applications for fall semester.



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