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PHCC to use grant to instill college dream
The Community Foundation of Pasco County recently awarded the Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation a $5,000 grant for Concept College, a program that encourages high school students to consider enrolling in higher education. Funds from the grant support PHCC's efforts to reach Pasco high school students who have little or no expectation of entering or graduating college. Some of these students are at risk for dropping out of high school. "They have no concept about the options available to them at college," said Marcia Kielar, a PHCC recruiter who visits Pasco schools. She outlines how the financial aid and registration process work, and encourages students to share their concerns. "You can see the light go on in a student's eyes," Kielar said. "They see opportunities they never envisioned before." She expects to work with more than 400 students this year and welcomes these funds to help continue the program.
City development chief replaced
Michael Sherman will replace Karla Owens as the city's community development director, City Manager Billy Poe announced in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon. Sherman has nearly 24 years of planning experience, Poe said. He has worked for New Port Richey, Gadsden County, the state Department of Community Affairs, and in the private sector for the past five years. Owens will resign at year's end from her roles as director of safety services and director of community development. She will continue to work as city attorney, a part-time position. Sherman will begin Jan. 4. His salary information was not available Tuesday.
Clinic and shelter quiet until 2010
Wondering where that new Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter is? The address is 1611 Denton Ave., near Arthur Engle Park. But you won't find much going on yet. Pasco County Health Department won't open its clinic at the facility until next month. And, luckily, no major storms are in sight.
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Guild hosts night of art and music
The West Pasco Art Guild and Suncoast Harmony Chorus present an evening of Art and Music from 5 to 8 Thursday at the guild building at 6206 Jefferson St. For information visit westpascoartguild.com, suncoast-harmony.com or call (727) 841-7732.
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