Career Academies

Bank of America Charitable Foundation Awards $3,700 to Fund New Career Academy

During a check presentation at Sebastian River High School on August 27, 2014, The Education Foundation of Indian River County (EF-IRC) received a grant of $3,700 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation on to support the opening the Industrial Bio Technology Academies at Sebastian and Vero Beach High Schools.
 
The EF-IRC responded to a request for proposals in July of 2014 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.  There were three priority focus areas: community development, workforce development/education and critical needs.  The EF-IRC’s grant proposal focused on educational opportunities to provide students training that will translate into post-secondary completion and employment.
 
The grant project is a collaborative effort to support the Industrial Bio Technology Academy.  It is one of the newest career academies at Sebastian River and Vero Beach High Schools.  Bank of America’s support will provide additional classroom resources and materials to implement this new career academy.
 
The purpose of the grant project is to give students enrolled in the Industrial Bio Technology Academy with the Biotechnician Assistant Credential (BAC).  This is an industry recognized certification that provides students with core skills and knowledge sets identified by industry and represented within the academic and performance standards of Florida’s secondary Biotechnology program.  The BAC exam has been vetted by the state’s industrial organization BioFlorida.  It is supported by a broad base of commercial biotechnology sectors such as Medical Diagnostics and Devices, Environmental, and Biopharmaceuticals. 

School Board Honors Joanne and Bob Quaile of Toyota of Vero Beach

Joanne and Bob Quaile of Toyota of Vero Beach Honored as Business Partners


The School Board of Indian River County, in partnership with Sebastian River High School honored Joanne and Bob Quaile of Toyota of Vero Beach for being business partners, at the October 22, 2013 school board meeting.

During the presentation, Sebastian River High School Principal, Todd Racine, requested board approval of a donation towards the purchase of a vehicle from Toyota of Vero Beach in the amount of $6,580.50.  This vehicle will be used by the Sebastian River High School Automotive program as a training tool for students.  The Sebastian River High School Automotive program is nationally certified through the National Automotive Education Foundation (NATEF), which entails having a vehicle that is no more than 5 years old to complete the required curriculum.  The new car will allow students to have hands-on training on the most up-to-date technology.  The vehicle is a 2013 Toyota Corolla with 9,491 miles.  The total sale price is $16,580.50, in which Sebastian River High School’s contribution is $10,275.00 and Toyota of Vero Beach’s donation is $6,580.50. 

Sebastian River High School’s funds for the vehicle were accrued with the help of the Education Foundation of Indian River County:

o $4000 Bank of America grant
o $5000 Indian River Community Foundation grant
o $1500 from a previously board approved donation

Mr. Racine noted, “The Sebastian River High School Automotive program is thankful for the business partnership established with Toyota of Vero Beach.  The dedication and contributions of the Education Foundation and Toyota of Vero Beach allow the SRHS Automotive students to have cutting edge instruction for preparation into the workforce.”

 

Education Foundation Receives $4,000 Grant from Bank of America

The Education Foundation of Indian River County (EF-IRC) received a grant of $4,000 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support Vero Beach High School’s Commercial Photography Academy with new computers. The EF-IRC responded to a request for proposals in July of 2012 from the Bank of America Charitable
Foundation. There were three priority focus areas: community development, workforce
development/education and critical needs. The EF-IRC’s grant proposal focused on educational opportunities to provide students training that will translate into post-secondary completion and employment.

The grant project is a collaborative effort to support the Commercial Photography Academy. It is one of the newest career academies at Vero Beach High School. Through the EF-IRC’s involvement, additional dollars have been raised through an added grant of $5,000 from Motorola, and a business partnership through Piper Aircraft.
 
The purpose of the grant project is to give students enrolled in the Commercial Photography Academy the ability to learn, practice, and test their skills in Adobe Photoshop. This practice would enable students to receive career and technical training, industry certification, and articulated college credits for high school graduation, as well as, become eligible for Bright Futures/Gold Seal Scholarships.
 
The EF-IRC exists to fulfill unmet funding gaps. For over 21 years our program services have been focused on enriching and enhancing educational opportunities for all students and teachers, both public and private, through effective fundraising and efficient allocation of resources.
 
The EF-IRC is one of only ten education foundations in the State of Florida to serve both public and private school students. This unique structure, as an independent 501c3, allows the organization to direct funding where it is needed most to build a better community. This ensures educational opportunities for every Pre-K through 12th grade student in Indian River County.

During the previous fiscal year, 86% of each dollar went to program services. A dedicated team of volunteers and two staff members work diligently to allocate resources efficiently.
 
Education Foundation receives $4,000 Bank of America Grant to benefit Sebastian River High School
 
The Education Foundation of Indian River County (EF-IRC) received a grant of $4,000 from the Bank of America Foundation to support the Sebastian River High School Automotive Academy. The EF-IRC responded to a request for proposals in January 2013 from the Bank of America Foundation. There were three priority focus areas: community development, workforce development/education and critical needs. The EFIRC’s grant proposal focused on educational opportunities to provide students training that will translate into postsecondary completion and employment.
 
The grant project is a collaborative effort to support the Automotive Academy. The funding will provide a new automotive lift and the purchase of a new vehicle. These tools will provide students hands on instruction. This grant will enhance the curriculum content that will enable students to receive industry certifications. Through the
EF-IRC’s involvement, additional dollars have been raised through AT&T, Toyota of Vero Beach, the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program (from the Florida Legislature), the Indian River Lawyers Auxiliary, and private donations.
 
The EF-IRC’s mission is to enrich and enhance educational opportunities for students and teachers. This is done by linking and engaging business and community leaders in the process of supporting education. The prosperity of our county is dependent on making education the foundation for our community. Superintendent Dr. Fran Adams, “The success of our schools hinges on the involvement of the community. We are
so very fortunate to have leaders like the Bank of America Foundation to help us in this process. Real life applications in the classroom translate to the post-graduate success of our students.”
 
The EF-IRC is one of only ten education foundations in the State of Florida to serve both public and private school students. This unique structure, as an independent 501c3, allows the organization to direct funding where it is needed most. This ensures educational opportunities for every Pre-K through 12th grade student in Indian River
County.
 

Local Education Foundation Awarded Grant for Motorola STEM Solutions Project (10/16/12)

The Vero Beach High School Commercial Photography Career Academy will have the opportunity to apply STEM skills beyond the classroom through an Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable
arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. The Motorola Solutions Foundation provided $50,000 for a second year to challenge Florida’s district-wide local education foundations to inspire students through projects designed to help them solve realworld problems in science, math, technology, and engineering (STEM) areas this school year through a grant to the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF).  The Education Foundation of Indian River County’s (EF-IRC) project was one of 10 chosen to receive $5,000 through a competitive judging process with each application being reviewed and scored by a panel of STEM industry professionals
through CFEF.
 
The grant, “Student STEM Skills Soar with Piper Aircraft,” is a collaborative effort between the EF-IRC, the School District of Indian River County (SDIRC) and Piper Aircraft. The goal of the project is to give the Career Academy students the real
life experience and training of photographing airplanes and aviation equipment at the Piper Aircraft facility. Piper marketing employees will mentor and train students on the techniques used in aviation photography. Participating students will then get the opportunity to apply these skills. Through this mentoring process, students
would learn how to refine their abilities. In addition they will participate in professional photo shoots of the latest private jets that are manufactured at the Piper plant. The photos will be used in two ways: in Piper marketing materials and to create special thank you books for customers who purchase private jets for their own personal use.
 
The Commercial Photography Career Academy at Vero Beach High School will provide students with instruction geared towards professional digital image capture, digital manipulation, and production of high quality photographic images that adhere to the industry standard, for use in print and electronic media. Students will use current photographic technologies including cameras, lighting equipment, and computer hardware and software. Also, students will focus on producing images using design and compositional techniques for high aesthetic value and effective visual
communication.
 
By combining the fundamentals of photography with professional digital imaging techniques students will gain the skills necessary to meet aviation/industry standards. Through this project students will build on their own creativity and interests. The skills developed will provide students with the experience of aviation photography, entrepreneurial capabilities and future career opportunities.
 
“Each year, I am truly amazed by the ground-breaking work our grant recipients like the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations accomplish through their Innovation Generation grants,” said Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation. “These grantees are playing an active role in developing the future of STEM education for our country. As a company dedicated to helping people be their best in the moments that matter, Motorola Solutions could not be more honored to support programs such as CFEF.”
 

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