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October 20, 2018


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Names New Members to National Assessment Governing Board

Nardi Routten, a fourth-grade teacher at Chester A. Moore Elementary in Fort Pierce, Florida, has been selected to serve on the board. Read more »
Published on 10/4/2018

University of Florida Innovation Station in Sarasota continues to exceed goals

The University of Florida Innovation Station Sarasota County (UFIS) was established to assist the Sarasota region with economic development based on creating a STEM/Engineering talent pipeline for the area to grow its high-tech economy. Read more »
Published on 10/1/2018

FSU Successfully 'Raises the Torch' For the Future

Eight years ago, Florida State University embarked on the most ambitious fundraising effort in its history. Raise the Torch: The Campaign for Florida Statewas launched to attract $1 billion in philanthropic support to implement bold ideas that would continue to distinguish Florida State as a preeminent university and positively affect the future for students, faculty and alumni. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2018

Florida Is 2018's 5th Worst State for Teachers

With World Teachers' Day around the corner and teaching among the lowest-paid professions that require a bachelor's degree, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's Best & Worst States for Teachersas well as accompanying videos. Read more »
Published on 9/25/2018

Ron DeSantis platform on education in Florida

DeSantis: Boost Classroom Spending For Students and Teachers, Expand Choice, Vocational and Technical Education, and Hold the Line on College Tuition Read more »
Published on 9/20/2018

Andrew Gillum platform on education in Florida

Below is gubernatorial candidate Mayor Andrew Gillum's platform policy in regards to education in Florida: Read more »
Published on 9/20/2018

Most fire in Florida goes undetected, researchers say

A new study from Florida State University researchers indicates that common satellite imaging technologies have vastly underestimated the number of fires in Florida. Read more »
Published on 9/14/2018

University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft announces plans to step down, effective July 2019

Genshaft has led USF to unprecedented success during her historic tenure Read more »
Published on 9/10/2018

USF climbs to its highest ranking ever from U.S. News & World Report

The University of South Florida improved substantially in U.S. News and World Report's (USNWR) Best College rankings released Monday, positioning the university higher than it has ever been and continuing USF's trend of rapid ascension in recent years. Read more »
Published on 9/10/2018

FGCU announces agribusiness center, plans for minor

Florida Gulf Coast University's (FGCU) Lutgert College of Business is deepening its connection with agriculture through the creation of a new Center for Agribusiness and a proposed agribusiness minor. Read more »
Published on 9/7/2018

Miami business leaders step up to take the teaching challenge

The Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that develops innovative programs for public schools in Miami-Dade County, is challenging business leaders to test their savvy and skill and teach an hour in a local public school. Read more »
Published on 8/21/2018

Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Institute Graduates More Than 150 Apprentices

Florida's Associated Builders and Contractors Institute's 2018 graduation ceremony commemorated the 153 dedicated construction apprentices from Key West to Brevard County who completed their classroom education this year. Read more »
Published on 8/21/2018

Amendment 8 Struck From November Ballot

The League of Women Voters of Florida has released the following statement in response to the court's decision to strike Amendment 8 from the November ballot on Monday: Read more »
Published on 8/20/2018

Excellence in Higher Education Act heads to Gov. Scott

SB 4 Secures Permanent Expansion of Bright Futures Academic and Medallion Scholarships Read more »
Published on 8/6/2018

2018's States with the Best & Worst School Systems

With the Every Student Succeeds Act shaping state curriculums and students getting closer to the end of their summer breaks, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's States with the Best & Worst School Systems as well as accompanying videos. Read more »
Published on 8/2/2018

University of Florida smashes research awards record with $837.6 million in fiscal year 2018

The University of Florida received a record $837.6 million in research funding in fiscal year 2018, surpassing the previous record set in fiscal 2016 by $113.6 million, or nearly 16 percent. Read more »
Published on 7/31/2018

NSU Hosts White Coat Ceremony for First M.D. Class and 38th Entering D.O. Class

Florida-based Nova Southeastern University Becomes First University in the Nation to Train D.O. and M.D. Students on the Same Campus Read more »
Published on 7/31/2018

USF Officially Designated as 'Preeminent' by the Florida Board of Governors

Historic achievement places USF in the top category of Florida's universities and comes with millions of dollars in new funding that will benefit the Tampa Bay region's future Read more »
Published on 6/28/2018

University of South Florida joins University of Florida and Florida State University in 'preeminent' status

On Wednesday, the Florida Board of Governors' Strategic Planning Committee meeting in Orlando unanimously approved USF's status as a preeminent university. It's an achievement that was attained previously among the state's 13 public universities by only UF and FSU. Read more »
Published on 6/28/2018

More Florida Schools Earning High Marks

Florida Department of Education releases annual school grades Read more »
Published on 6/27/2018

New USF Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity is a First

First class of new students enrolling this fall will further position the university as a leader in cyber Read more »
Published on 6/19/2018

Florida Students Continue to Make Achievement Gains

Results show progress in closing the achievement gap and big gains in Science Read more »
Published on 6/14/2018

UWF to offer Florida's first online MLT to MLS program

Medical laboratory technicians with an associate degree can apply for a new online program at the University of West Florida to earn a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory sciences.

The Medical Laboratory Technician to Medical Laboratory Scientist, or MLT to MLS, program, will be offered through Complete Florida, a state-funded initiative that supports adults who return to college.

The program is the first of its kind in the state of Florida. Applications to the program will be accepted through June 15. Classes will begin Aug. 27.

To be eligible for the program, students must be admitted to UWF, submit letters of recommendation and participate in a phone interview. Applicants are required to have an associate of science degree in medical laboratory technology that includes the prerequisites of the MLS program and fulfillment of general education coursework or military training and an associate of arts degree that includes the prerequisites of the MLS program and fulfillment of general education coursework. In addition, they must also have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and certification as an MLT by the American Society of Clinical Pathology or be a graduate of a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science accredited MLT program and certified by a national board exam.

Katie Cavnar, the incoming chair of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences at UWF, said earning a degree to become a medical laboratory scientist has a variety of benefits.

“In the hospital, both medical laboratory scientists and medical laboratory technicians do similar work, but the MLS learn more theory,” she said. “MLTs also have to work supervised, whereas an MLS does not. Going on to get your MLS is beneficial for a couple of reasons, including an increase in pay, and an increase in responsibility, which may allow for promotion in the laboratory.”

The online program will be similar to the traditional MLS classes offered at UWF, but geared more toward students who have already worked in a lab.

As the only online MLT to MLS program in the state, Cavnar said this will meet workforce needs in Northwest Florida and beyond.

“We can hopefully serve this area,” Cavnar said. “Laboratories are generally understaffed so there’s a need for people in our profession. Many people in the laboratory field are starting to retire all at once and labs are losing expertise. We thought it be a good idea to launch an MLT to MLS program here where the tuition is affordable.”

This story is from UWF News.

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Published on 6/14/2018

UF Online partners with Discover Financial Services to fund employees seeking select bachelor's degrees

Discover's nearly 16,500 U.S.-based employees may seek admission to the University of Florida Online bachelor's degree in business administration and if they are admitted, the company will cover tuition, and required fees, books and supplies for eligible employees. Read more »
Published on 6/14/2018

USF Ranks 5th In New Patents Among U.S. Public Universities

The inventive prowess of University of South Florida faculty, researchers and students was on display once again in 2017, as the school placed fifth in the country - and 12th worldwide - among public univerisities in producing new U.S. utility patents. Read more »
Published on 6/7/2018

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