[Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 25 (Tuesday, February 11, 2014)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E202-E203]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]




                     RECOGNIZING POLK STATE COLLEGE

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                          HON. DANIEL WEBSTER

                               of florida

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  Mr. WEBSTER of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to recognize Polk 
State College on the occasion of its 50 year anniversary.
  Polk State College, the first higher education institution in Polk 
County, was established in 1964. The college enjoyed early success, 
enrolling 1,200 students in its first semester. Its continued growth 
necessitated construction of a larger, permanent campus. Ground was 
broken in 1966 on the shores of

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Lake Elbert, and within a decade, the campus had expanded to 
accommodate the growing student population and academic program 
offerings.
  Today, Polk State College serves more than 20,000 students of which 
95% are Polk County residents. It is a multi-campus institution 
offering four-year degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management. 
Further expansions are planned for Polk State in 2014, including the 
Polk State Center for Public Safety in Winter Haven.
  I applaud Polk State College for their commitment to education and 
invaluable contributions to our community. Go Eagles! As their motto 
declares, Polk State College is ``the perfect place to soar.''

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