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Pinellas education news: MYcroSchool graduates 32, SPC lauded for jobs focus, Eckerd and Stetson team up

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Two lead graduating class of 32 at MYcroSchool

Thirty-two students graduated this week from MYcroSchool, a St. Petersburg charter school, and two of them were recognized as top graduates. The valedictorian, with a GPA of 3.16, was Dalon Tomyko Facey, 17, who plans to attend St. Petersburg College. She is the daughter of Alton Facey and Zsamiko Reid. She credits her mom with encouraging her to go back to school and "not give up on myself," and registrar Faye McElroy for keeping her focused and on track. The salutatorian, with a GPA of 3.06, was Shirin McCoy, 17, who also plans to attend SPC and has an interest in astronomy. She credits her mother, Micheala McCoy, for encouraging her and teacher Syliane Manyari for supporting her. MYcroSchool describes itself as a small learning community providing a high school program for students who need to get back on track to graduation. An additional 12 students graduated in January from the school, which has an enrollment of nearly 300.

SPC recognized for sending grads into high-wage jobs

Gov. Rick Scott recently awarded St. Petersburg College the Governor's Higher Education Leadership Award recognizing the school's record of producing graduates with high entry-level wages. Among Florida's 28 state colleges in 2014-15, SPC had the highest entry wage difference between average full-time wages of college graduates ($48,948) and local service area entry level wages ($19,802). The difference was 147 percent. "Higher wages mean increased economic opportunities for our students and their families," said SPC President Bill Law. "It's why we monitor industry gaps in real time and adjust our academic programs and industry-recognized certifications to align with ever-evolving workforce demands."

Program gives Eckerd students a path to a Stetson law degree

Eckerd College and Stetson University College of Law have launched a partnership that will allow any Eckerd student with a 3.3 GPA and an LSAT score at the 50th percentile or better to gain automatic admission to Stetson and to receive a scholarship of at least $15,000 a year. Students with higher GPAs and LSAT scores may be eligible for even larger scholarships. Stetson's College of Law offers concentrations in elder law, environmental law, international law, and social justice advocacy and is well-known in the field of higher education law. All majors are eligible for the program and Eckerd offers several courses to prepare law school applicants under the pre-law track. "This new partnership makes it possible for Eckerd College students who are passionate about advocacy to seamlessly transition into law school," said Stetson College of Law Dean and professor Christopher Pietruszkiewicz. "Eckerd's academic strengths in the natural sciences dovetail into Stetson's international leadership in environmental law."

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