Jacksonville Goes To College
by William Jackson, M.Edu
ImpactJAX Education Initiative
MyJax Chamber of Commerce
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working with students to encourage
higher education enrollment and graduation.
“The strength of the United States is not the
gold at Fort Knox or the weapons of mass
destruction that we have, but the sum total
of the education of our people.” Claiborne Pell
The importance of a college education can be
seen in the increased demands of employers in
education, commerce, finance, law, science,
engineering and other disciplines. Careers require
more than a secondary education; higher education
is needed for professional development and
professional advancement. Higher educational
degrees provide more job stability and access to
diverse employment options.
Advances in technology, the need for critical thinking
skills, problem solving ability, management of data
and understanding statistical references are required
skills; creating the ability to be productive and
competitive in an expanding global economy.
No longer will students compete against their fellow
classmates for employment or college entrance, they
will be competing against youth from other cities,
states and countries.
High school students have the availability of Advanced
Placement Courses, STEM, access to college classes during
their Junior and Senior years even before graduating from
secondary education (Dual Enrollment), Virtual Education.
The access to grants, scholarships, fellowships and other
financial resources is very competitive for obtaining financial
aid to attend higher education.
Competing for entrance into higher education institutions is
another area that students must be prepared for. Students must
not only have high academic success, but involved in community
organizations, civic activities and even a certain level of
political participation. Students must be cautious of their
Social Local and Mobile technology usage and online content
because this is their first impression that the world will have
Students are expected to make a “name” for themselves that
generates confidence, leadership, the ability to work well with
a team along with the ability to multitask and seek continued
educational opportunities. Learning never stops and the best
economic package for anyone is to graduate with a high school
diplomas and working to earn a higher educational degree.
“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one
generation to another.” G. K. Chesterton
According to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund
Jacksonville Public Education Fund “6 in 10 jobs in Florida will require
some postsecondary training by 2018,” as a teacher of over
20 years in public and higher education, this time line has
drastically decreased. In 2012 employers are requiring that in
many careers workers obtain a bachelors degree to remain
employed and advanced degrees for higher pay, higher incentives
and economic stability.
This type of information is shared with student and students are
encouraged from eight grade to seniors in high school to attend
Duval County Public Schools’ Jacksonville Goes to College event.
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people
who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X
The Jacksonville National College Fair, admission is FREE and
parking is FREE encourages students in grades eight to twelfth to
attend with their families. This opportunity is to provide a wealth of
information about the processes and expectations to attend college.
Duval County Public Schools and the City of Jacksonville present
Jacksonville Goes to College.
Saturday October 13, 2012
Jacksonville National College Fair
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water Street
For more information about the college fair, please visit:
Duval County Public Schools
William Jackson is a graduate of South Carolina State University
and Webster University. He teaches STEM in Duval County Public Schools
and is a member of numerous community and civic organizations in Jacksonville, Florida.
He has over 20 years in public education and higher education, a syndicated and national
writer/blogger for over 10 years. A presenter on Social Media Safety, Bullying and Cyberbullying.
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