Polk State College President Eileen Holden is featured in the just-released edition of “Inside Polk” magazine.
In her interview with the magazine for its “Polk Celebrity” spread, she discusses her commitment to student success, and her belief that as students succeed, so too will Polk County as a whole.
“We’ve had over 30,000 graduates, and each of them represents a success story for the College and the county,” she said.
Integral to its mission of student success, Holden said, is that the College maintains close ties to Polk County’s employers and nonprofit organizations.
“The only way the College can do its part to advance the county is when we fully engage the agencies that also impact our community; developing those partnerships is an integral part of my position at the College,” said Holden, who is currently campaign chair for the county’s United Way.
Holden also explains in the article that to achieve student success, the College must pay attention to “details that matter.” She points to its recently established agreement to the Polk Transit Authority, which provides free transportation to all College students and employees, as a prime example.
“We have a vision of student success, and everything we do, from shortening lines to creating better parking or free transportation — all of that adds up to increased opportunity for student success,” she said.