Up to 2,000 Families Retrieved Free Backpacks at One of Largest Back to School Events in South Florida

Florida Technical College, in partnership with Take Stock in Children, donated over 600 backpacks to families in need to kick-off a new school year amid a pandemic.

Orlando, Florida—On August 6th, 2020, Florida Technical College (FTC) successfully carried out its signature FTC Cares Back to School Event in an effort to continue to contribute to the success and advancement of the communities it has served for over 40 years. FTC’s Back to School Event donated 2,500 backpacks and over 25,000 school supplies to families in need across the state of Florida while its Cutler Bay and Pembroke Pines campuses, in association with Take Stock in Children, prepared and gave away over 600 backpacks in South Florida.

“We’ve been very fortunate to always receive the support of our community partners,” said Dr. James Michael Burkett, President of Florida Technical College. “As a result of their generosity, thousands of students are starting off the new year with the supplies they need. This is one of our proudest moments as members of our communities—not only can we ease the financial burdens for those families who are the most affected by the pandemic, but also show we will stand by them, even during the hardest of times.”

Held since 2011, the Back to School event has delivered free school supplies, medical check-ups, and haircuts to children in need. The Back to School Event is part of FTC Cares, an initiative launched by the college that aims to improve the quality of life of the communities it serves. Across the state, FTC has partnered with The Salvation Army, Project Life, NAACP Lakeland, and Volusia County Council Spring Hill Resource Center. Take Stock in Children was an exclusive partnership for the South Florida campuses of Cutler Bay and Pembroke Pines.

“Collaboration is the key to educational success. We are excited about the partnership with Florida Technical College to ensure our youth to go back to school with all of the necessary supplies,” said Gale Nelson, President and CEO of Big Brothers and Sisters of Miami.

For more information and to learn more about Florida Technical College events and offerings, please visit their South Florida campuses at https://www.ftccollege.edu/campus/ftc-pembroke-pines/ and https://www.ftccollege.edu/campus/ftc-cutler-bay/

 

 

 

About FTC

Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields, Florida Technical College is an academic unit of NUC University (NUC), which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. NUC’s Florida Technical College (FTC), and The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (The DAVE School) are included in this accreditation. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). FTC offers diploma, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs in a range of professions, including Healthcare, Construction Trades, Hospitality, Beauty, Information Technology, and Business. FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Kissimmee, Lakeland, DeLand, Pembroke Pines, Cutler Bay, and Tampa. Program availability varies by campus. For more information, please visit: https://www.ftccollege.edu/

 

About Take Stock In Children

Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. Take Stock in Children offers students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors, and hope for a better life. Their comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school, and include their transition into college. For more information, please visit: https://www.takestockinchildren.org/

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