Members of Polk County’s legislative delegation visited the Polk State Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center on Wednesday to get a first-hand look at the facility and learn about its impact on students and the community.
Rep. John Wood (R-Winter Haven) and seven members of other legislators’ staffs toured the high-tech training hub located east of Bartow.
“We so appreciate your service,” said President Eileen Holden. “Thank you for being champions of Polk State.”
Holden pointed out that training at the site is not confined to the hours of 8 to 5 on Monday through Friday.
“We’re available whenever companies need training. We often train in the middle of the night to accommodate shift workers.
“We’re a microcosm of our community. We realize that one size does not fit all.”
Following a tour of facility, the visitors heard from students Fred McCall and Robert Truta, both from Lakeland.
McCall, a Navy veteran who serves as president of the Student Activities Board on the Lakeland campus, talked about pursuing a degree in public relations.
“I love Polk State and I love this area,” he said. “After I graduate from Polk and get a bachelor’s degree, I want to come back and help the community and be a productive member of society.”
Truta, who serves in the Army National Guard, is working toward certification in the Advanced Technology Center’s millwork apprentice program.
“That certification is like a badge of honor,” he said. “With it I can find work anywhere.”