School News

PEF receives
Humana grant
The Pasco Education Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from health insurer Humana to support the foundation's programs and mission. The check was presented to the foundation at the Sept. 17 Pasco School Board meeting.
“The Humana Foundation supports charitable activities that promote healthy lives and healthy communities, so we're excited to donate $10,000 to the Pasco Education Foundation to support its dynamic education programs for Pasco County schools students and teachers,” said Humana Central Florida Director of Account Management Ray Hodorski.
The nonprofit Pasco Education Foundation provides support for programs in which tax dollars cannot be used and when budgets fall short. The foundation advances student achievement and invests community resources to enrich educational opportunities for students and educators.
CPT training
comes to PHCC
The Corporate Training Department at Pasco-Hernando Community College is introducing a Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certified Production Technician training program. The course will be held 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 12 until Feb. 4, 2014, at PHCC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey,.
MSSC is an industry-led training, assessment, and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation's production workers. The MSSC system awards the Production Technician Certification to new and incumbent workers who pass the four manufacturing related modules. The CPT program provides students with the skills and knowledge in areas such as CNC machining, robotics, welding, and mechatronics.
The MSSC CPT course fee is $1,100 per person. Class size is limited to 30 students. All instructional materials and certifications are included. Employers may qualify for up to 50 percent in training reimbursement funds through Pasco-Hernando Workforce Board. To register or more information call (727) 816-3123 or email to The registration deadline is noon Nov. 1.
Scholarship for
Language students
Scholarships are available for the 2014-15 academic year for high school students to study language through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth program.
The U.S. State Department-funded NSLI-Y program helps Americans engage with native speakers of critical languages by providing formal and informal language learning through a study abroad experience, which includes language classes and living in a local community abroad, often with a host family.
Scholarships to participate in summer or academic year programs are available for the study of Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Tajiki Persian, Russian and Turkish. The merit-based scholarships cover domestic and international travel, tuition and related academic expenses, daily language classes, supporting cultural activities, room and board, and secondary health benefits for travel abroad.
To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must be U.S. citizens, be current high school students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and be 15-18 years of age at the start of the program
Additional detailed eligibility criteria can be found at The application deadline is November 5.
Pasco schools
need translators
The Pasco County School District is seeking people to assisting with language interpretation, including Bosnian, Chinese, Arabic and Portuguese, during meetings and phone conferences, and in translating documents. To volunteer or for information telephone Elizabeth Trevino of the school district's Communications and Government Relations Department at (813) 794-2245.
—Suncoast News staff report
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