Santa Fe College Honored For Supporting Public Education

Florida’s public schools rely heavily on parents to provide supplies and help with fundraisers. It turns out businesses also have crucial roles to play in providing resources for schools.

The 2012 Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards ceremony honored more than 70 Florida businesses and organizations last week in Tampa for their support of education.

“Their pledge to student academic success through business partnerships embodies the fundamental relationship between education and the workforce,” said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. “As students prepare for post-secondary education and careers, the skills they learn today through these partnerships will ensure they are ready to compete for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Some of the honorees:

  • Santa Fe College in Alachua County — The college supports students through programming, facility use and shared resources. It hosts the regional science fair, career days, and planetarium and zoo tours. 120 students each year are invited to attend a six-week, after-school program at the zoo that focuses on literacy, ecology and animal science.

Read the full NPR article by Gina Jordan