Thrive Business & Professional Magazine Summer Issue - Page 18

But the learning is not limited to just on our campuses. Each increase in dual enrollment, taking college courses from Daytona year we have groups of students from both of our high schools State College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University or Bethune- take part in Career Exploration tours inside local businesses. Cookman University while they’re taking high school classes. In There, they learn hospitals employ more than just doctors and some cases, these students get their AA degree before they get nurses. A company which builds boats also needs plumbers and their high school diploma. electricians. We’ve also placed our students inside businesses in our “Intern For A Day” program, where they learn the value of soft Flagler Schools is also doing its part to be an economic driver in skills. Companies such as Office Divvy are now teaming up with us our county. We are the largest employer in Flagler County, putting to place interns in businesses all across Flagler County. nearly 2,500 people to work in 200 types of jobs. We are teachers, administrators, office staff, nurses, accountants, bus drivers, All of these programs could not be possible without the support mechanics and much more. That accounts for more than $85 of our businesses. Our Flagler Education Foundation has also million in salaries and benefits. been instrumental in supporting these programs, contributing nearly $44,000 to our Classroom to Careers programs across the But we are also Flagler County. Last year we counted over 43,000 district. The Home Builders Association of Flagler County has given hours volunteered by community members inside our schools. $30,000 to help with the Construction Tech program at Matanzas We also counted more than 65,000 hours volunteered by our high High School. The United Way Women’s Initiative and Florida school students. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find partnerships Hospital Flagler each have contributed $5,000 to our schools. This between our schools and our community because it just makes is what helps transform education here in Flagler County. good sense (and dollars and cents) for all of us! What we are doing is creating a talent pipeline, showing our students the opportunities available right here in their home area. We’re challenging our students in and out of the classroom. Since 2012, we’ve seen a 52% increase in students taking Advanced FOR MORE INFORMATION Placement courses! There has been a 42% increase in students Visit or call 386-437-7500. taking the AP exams, which give them college credit for taking advanced courses in high school. There has also been a 40% 16 © 2017 | Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and its licensors.