Jan. 20 is the deadline for entries to be submitted for “2017 Black History Month” art and essay contests open to students in kindergarten through grade 12 in Florida. Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott recently extended the invitation to participate. Three students will each earn a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship based on the results of the contests. 

Prince’s Trust International (PTI) is a youth charity established in Barbados. It aims to help disadvantaged young people on the Caribbean island gain skills to advance education, training or employment. The trust, formally launched in Nov. 2015 in Malta by its president, Charles, the prince of Wales, has partnered with the Royal Barbados Police to deliver a “Team” international development program and, with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, for the first pilots of the “Get Into” employability program on the island.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has served the community over the last century, improving education and offering quality programs for families. Over 75 years ago, the school district took it a step further, offering its first adult and community education program at Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center. The adult and community education program was developed in order to serve a growing population of ambitious members in the community who were looking for a way to enter the workforce.

Lifelong philanthropist Joan Kennedy Stout and the Hugoton Foundation made a gift of $150,000 to the Benjamín León School of Nursing at Miami Dade College’s Medical Campus. The Hugoton Foundation has supported MDC since the 1980s. The foundation is committed to patient safety and efficiencies required for the delivery of high-quality nursing services.

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