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University of Florida to offer online business degree to Walmart workers for $1 a day

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University of Florida to offer online business degree to Walmart workers for $1 a day

| 5/31/2018

University of Florida to offer online business degree to Walmart workers for $1 a day

The mega retailer, which employs more Americans than any other company, announced Wednesday it is teaming up with several colleges to offer subsidized degrees to employees all over the country. Included in the list of universities is the University of Florida Online, which will offer Business and Supply Chain Management degrees through the program. See the news release from UF, here. Also read more at the Tampa Bay Times, the AP, Bloomberg News and the New York Times.

Florida teachers union grades lawmakers on education issues

The Florida Education Association, a consistent critic of Florida Republican education policy, has joined the growing list of organizations issuing lawmaker grades as a way to influence the political debate ahead of elections. More from the Tampa Bay Times and Spectrum News.

The price of education: Which Florida schools charge the highest in-state tuition?

Florida residents pay the highest in-state tuition at L3 Commercial Training Solutions Airline Academy, Aviator College of Aeronautical Science and Technology and Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of federal data. [Source: Florida Business Daily]

50 years ago, Miami-Dade County played key role in nation's first statewide teacher strike

In 1968 — 50 years ago — Florida was home to the first statewide teacher strike in U.S. history. The three-week walkout led state leaders to guarantee workers’ collective bargaining rights in state law and the constitution — making Florida a leader in the South. [Source: WLRN]

Florida prepares suspicious activity reporting app for schools

After the Parkland school shooting, state and local leaders began making plans to enhance school security. The latest effort is a suspicious activity reporting application, to be launched by the Florida Department of Education and Attorney General's Office. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› St. Thomas University names new president
Two major leadership changes were announced at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens: David A. Armstrong was appointed president and Provost and Chief Academic Officer Irma Becerra will depart to become president of Marymount University in Virginia.

› Increased scholarships aim to boost college access in Pinellas County
A handful of new scholarship opportunities and initiatives will aim to boost local access to higher education in Pinellas County, state representatives and higher education officials announced last week. The goal is to help local students make it all the way through college and graduate school.

› UF taps proven leader as its first chief diversity officer
The University of Florida has named Antonio Farias, currently vice president for equity and inclusion/Title IX officer at Wesleyan University, as its first chief diversity officer and senior advisor to the president. Farias will assume the new post effective July 9. His annual salary will be $280,000.

› Families that start saving for college this summer can get extra money
Florida families who start saving for college this summer can get a little extra money in their accounts. Through June 30, any family that opens a Florida 529 Savings Plan will receive $25, courtesy of the Florida Prepaid College Board.

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