Education is the key in moving our community and improving the quality of life.

The high-school graduation rate is one of the best indicators of a community’s economic prospects. When companies explore moving to a community, one of the first things they look up is the graduation rate. Our graduation rate is holding the area back. In Escambia County, just 64 percent of our high-schoolers walk away with a diploma. For black students, it’s 51 percent. These numbers are some of the lowest rates in the state.
The state average is 75.6 percent overall. 1 in 3 Escambia County students didn’t graduate last year.

The impact of generational poverty on the community’s economic and educational prospects is reflected in measures such as the free- and reduced-price lunch rate — which in Escambia County is 62 percent.

The Florida Office of Early Learning says on average 33 percent of Escambia 5-year- olds are not ready for kindergarten. Often those children come from poor families.


UWF Student Summered at Harvard

Ruth Ashley, a senior mathematics student at the University of West Florida, spent the summer at Harvard University’s Research Experience for Undergraduates internship program, an opportunity she described as “a dream come true.” For 10 weeks, Ashley worked at the Institute for Applied Computational Science as part of a pilot program that develops opportunities for students to apply mathematics to solve real-world problems proposed by industry sponsors. Read full story


Escambia Teachers Get Nearly $54,000 in Grants

Escambia County Public Schools Foundation’s Grants for Excellence Committee announced that 62 teachers will receive grants for classroom projects. Read full story


Tech Career Expo, Marcel Jufer Top Week at UWF

An engineering and tech career expo, Veterans Day observances, a financial literacy lecture and a professor from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology talks electric car motors this week at the University of West Florida. Read full story


UWF Making a Home for Innovation

UWF's Innovation Institute is bringing community connection to the heart of Belmont-DeVilliers

Pam Northrup is guiding the UWF Innovation Institute to build collaborative, innovative partnerships in the Pensacola community. Read full story


Viva Florida event at PSC planetarium

Experience an ancient view of the night sky at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Pensacola State College’s Planetarium and Space Theatre. Read full story


Grants for Excellence now fund teacher projects up to $1,000

The Escambia County Public Schools Foundation’s Grants for Excellence Committee is pleased to announce that application packets for the Foundation’s 2013-2014 Grants for Excellence teacher grant program are now available. Read full story


Escambia County Public Schools Foundation recognizes community partners

Business and civic leader Sandy Sansing received the Foundation's 2nd Annual Ambassador for Education Award. Read full story


UWF BEI picks developer for University Park and Northwest Village

UWF Business Enterprises, Inc. (BEI) announces Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions, LLC as the Master Developer for the University Park & Northwest Village Development Project. Read full story


PSC named among top degree producers

Community College Week magazine has named Pensacola State College to its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers in the nation, for the fifth straight year. Read full story


Dixon School of the Arts to become private

Dixon School of the Arts is excited to announce that the school will be converting to a private school for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Read full story


UWF hosts Emerald Coast BEST Robotics competition

The University of West Florida (UWF) will host the sixth annual Emerald Coast BEST Robotics competition for local middle and high school students on Saturday, Oct. 20 in the UWF Field House. Read full story


First class of Pensacola Pledge Scholars recognized

This fall, the University of West Florida (UWF) and Pensacola State College (PSC) welcomed 35 Pensacola Pledge Scholars, amounting to approximately $60,000 in scholarship awards. Read full story