December 7, 2023


Learning differently

In high school, Jade Ridley was bullied for having a learning disability, for exhibiting signs of depression and anxiety, and for being different. “Growing up, a lot of people didn't understand me,” she says. “I got called a lot of names. People told me I wasn't going to make it in life, that I was stupid. I was even told to kill myself. It was hard because I didn't have kids in high school who had the same issues as me.” Read more »
Published on 10/11/2023

Florida's Future

We asked 13 experts in their respective fields to look into their crystal balls. Here are their thoughts on the decade ahead. Read more »
Published on 7/18/2023

Fast Forward

Only 44.7% of working-age adults in Florida hold an associate's degree or higher. While Asian and white Floridians earn degrees at a rate higher than the state average, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native and Black residents have the lowest rates. There is a double-digit percentage point gap separating white and Black Floridians. Read more »
Published on 6/21/2023

Educational upgrade: MBA programs in Florida

The esports industry — video games with multiple players that have spectators virtually or in person — had a market value of more than $1.3 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach $3.8 billion by 2027, according to Marketwatch. Read more »
Published on 3/15/2023

It takes a community

Maynard Evans High School wasn't always a troubled school. When it first opened in the 1950s in Pine Hills — then a bedroom community of Orlando for workers at Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) — it was considered one of the best in Orange County. But by the mid-2000s, crime and poverty had risen in Pine Hills, and Evans was a shell of its former self. The school building was riddled with peeling paint, creeping mildew and other signs of decay. It had some of the worst dropout, suspension and graduation rates in Central Florida. Read more »
Published on 3/1/2023

The Florida Aquarium Sets Attendance Record

Nearly 925,000 guests visited the Aquarium in 2022 Read more »
Published on 1/10/2023

Delivering for Florida

As you know from my past columns, education is an important topic to me. My parents instilled in me at a very young age the value of a good education. They emphasized that education is the key that unlocks so many doors. Both of my parents were the first in their families to get college degrees. My siblings and I heeded their advice, though we took different paths. My sister earned her master's degree, my older brother and I graduated from a four-year university, one of my younger brothers received an associate's degree and another pursued a technical degree. It didn't matter which route we took, we all understood the importance of a post-secondary education. Read more »
Published on 1/1/2023

Bfore.Ai Releases the First Ever Cybersecurity Book for Children Just Before Christmas for Free

“The King, The Knight & The Snowball” was downloaded over 100 times within the first hour of being available. Read more »
Published on 12/23/2022

David Denor at the 2022 Florida Southern College Winter Commencement

David Denor, the publisher of Florida Trend Magazine, was the keynote speaker during Florida Southern's Winter graduation. Read more »
Published on 12/22/2022

Florida Ranked #1 in Nation for Parent Involvement in Education

The Center for Education Reform adds another nation-leading accolade to Florida's world-class education system Read more »
Published on 12/12/2022

New 4-H Scholarship Honors Hal Porter of Citrus County

The Hal Porter 4-H Scholarship Endowment will provide educational scholarships to graduating 4-H seniors and alumni Read more »
Published on 12/6/2022

Florida Celebrates Computer Science Education Week

Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. encourages schools to dedicate one hour during the week to engage in coding activities aligned with Florida's B.E.S.T. Standards for Mathematics Read more »
Published on 12/5/2022

FSCJ Funeral Services Program receives national accreditation to offer online classes

Florida State College at Jacksonville's Funeral Services program was named an ABFSE-approved distance learning (online) program. Read more »
Published on 12/5/2022

University of Miami partners with Chile to establish first official nurse practitioner program

Nurse practitioner was a foreign role in Chile — until a plea for help from the Chilean government. A rising number of cancer cases in that country sparked a collaboration between the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Read more »
Published on 11/30/2022

UNF's Brooks College of Health boosts hands-on training with new simulation center

Nursing students at the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health have a new simulation center for hands-on training. Read more »
Published on 11/16/2022

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach

Kelly Dowling, a higher education veteran with a successful fundraising track record, joins Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as Senior Vice President for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement. Read more »
Published on 11/14/2022

Accelerated nursing programs in Florida help get new nurses into practice faster

While nursing wasn't her first career, Proebe Ybanez always felt a pull toward the profession. As a teenager growing up in the Philippines, she recalls feeling helpless as she watched her great-aunt suffer a massive seizure. Read more »
Published on 11/14/2022

Kirkland Ranch Academy of Innovation opens in Pasco County

Built on what used to be a Pasco County cow pasture, the $70-million Kirkland Ranch Academy of Innovation opened this school year, ushering in a new era of what used to be called a technical high school. Kirkland's curriculum still features all the traditional trades, such as automotive maintenance and welding, but it also includes classes in cybersecurity, computer science, biomedical sciences, digital media, engineering and robotics. Read more »
Published on 9/30/2022

Gannon Dedicates New Floor of Academic Building at Ruskin Campus

Gannon University has formally dedicated the third floor of its academic building on its Ruskin campus. Read more »
Published on 9/9/2022

Florida universities, students at forefront of new era of space exploration

As NASA pursues its next moonshot, the agency is also partnering with academia to help address technology gaps. Read more »
Published on 8/24/2022

Smartphones push consumers to prefer unique, tailored products

Personalized wine lists. Tailored clothing options. Unique experiences just for you. Read more »
Published on 8/24/2022

UF researchers develop tool to predict complications during surgery

Every year, approximately 15 million Americans undergo some sort of surgery, and nearly one-third develop a complication. Each adverse event can add up to $11,000 in health care costs and exact a physical and emotional toll on the patient. But a promising AI tool being developed by researchers at the University of Florida could help doctors better forecast how patients will do before they even go under the knife. Read more »
Published on 8/23/2022

How Florida researchers are using UF's supercomputer

High-impact research is in full swing on UF's HiPerGator ?— one of the smartest machines in the world... Read more »
Published on 7/25/2022

Student athletes across Florida are cashing in

From football players to gymnasts, athletes across Florida are cashing in. Read more »
Published on 6/30/2022

Florida's outgoing higher education leaders

Who’s Leaving Kent Fuchs / UF The University of Florida recently set up a 15-member search committee to find a replacement for Kent Fuchs, who announced in January that this... Read more »
Published on 6/23/2022

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Fifty-two endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles are rehabbing at four facilities in Florida following a flight on a private plane from the New England Aquarium in Massachusetts.


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