Florida Technical College’s Juntos For Education Back To School Event: Backpacks, Child Id Cards, And More Than $245,000 in Scholarships To Help Working Parents Complete Their High School Education

Florida Technical College will award 177 scholarships to help families thrive by empowering parents through education.

  • Juntos for Education Back-to-School Event will be held on Saturday, July 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Florida Technical College Kissimmee campus.
  • Access to Thrive in Education Scholarship, a program launched by Florida Technical College (FTC) offers a free high school completion program – provided through Penn Foster High School – for parents hoping for a second chance to earn their diploma.
  • Child Identification Cards featuring a child’s photo, fingerprints, contact information, and other pertinent data needed by the police in case of an emergency will be provided by New York Life insurance and the Kissimmee Police Department.
  • Kissimmee Mayor Olga Gonzalez, and Kissimmee Commissioners’ Peggy Choudhry and Olga Castaño will join forces with FTC to distribute 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies.

    ORLANDO, FL July 28, 2022 — Guided by their deep commitment to advance opportunity, prosperity, and growth in our region, Florida Technical College (FTC), United Way of Central Florida, the Kissimmee Police Department, New York Life Insurance, The Salvation Army, Orlando Magic, Kissimmee Mayor Olga Gonzalez, and Kissimmee Commissioners Peggy Choudhry and Olga Castaño join forces to host “Juntos for Education Back to School Event”.

On Saturday, July 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. FTC will open the doors of its Kissimmee campus to distribute 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to local students. Backpacks are limited to one per child and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. In addition to the backpack giveaway, parents will have the opportunity to have an ID card made for their child using the EZ Child ID System, the nation’s most comprehensive digital fingerprinting child identification system. The IDs were created with help from the National CHIP foundation and law enforcement officials to ensure that the digital fingerprints meet industry standards by capturing all vital information required by the Amber Alert system. ID cards feature a child’s photo, fingerprints, contact information, and other pertinent data needed by the police in case of an emergency.

“This year marks a milestone for FTC as we celebrate our eleventh back-to-school event,” said Dr. James Michael Burkett, president of Florida Technical College. “Every year the event grows to adapt to the changing needs of our community. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is our belief that education has the power to transform lives. It is no secret that parents are the primary influence in children’s lives. Research shows that parents’ education level has a significant impact on their children’s success. The “Access to Thrive in Education Scholarship” expands our educational impact by providing the opportunity some parents need to build a better future for themselves and for their family.”

The event also provides an opportunity for working parents wanting to complete their high school education to apply for the Access to Thrive in Education Scholarship. The grant is designed to empower parents desiring to create better opportunities for their families and themselves by advancing their education. A total of 177 scholarships for Penn Foster High School, a nationally and regionally accredited online program, will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The funding covers the program’s tuition and fees, e-books, graduation document, and transcript. To apply students must have completed the eighth grade and apply by October 20th.*

Juntos for Education Back to School Event will be held simultaneously at FTC campuses in Kissimmee, Orlando, DeLand, Lakeland, Tampa, South Miami, and Pembroke Pines. Children and families will also enjoy a variety of activations during the event including photos with Orlando Magic’s Stuff the Magic Dragon, music, and raffles.

About FTC: Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields, NUC University (NUC) is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) www.msche.org. NUC’s NUC University – IBC Technical Division (NUC-IBC), NUC University – Florida Technical College (NUC-FTC), and The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (The DAVE School) are included in this accreditation. NUC’s accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on 2019 was to reaffirm accreditation. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). NUC – FTC offers diploma, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs in a range of professions, including Healthcare, Construction Trades, Hospitality, Beauty, Information Technology, and Business. NUC – FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Kissimmee, Lakeland, DeLand, Pembroke Pines, Cutler Bay, and Tampa. Program availability varies by campus. *The scholarship is not subject to enrollment or any activity related to enrollment at Florida Technical College