Education

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.

Education

UWF College of Business, Athletics receive $2.75 million gift

UWF College of Business graduate John Switzer recently committed a planned gift valued at $2.75 million, one of the largest contributions in UWF history. Read full story

Economy

UWF honored at Florida-Japan Summit

Last week, Pensacola hosted the 9th Annual Florida-Japan Summit, starting with a Japanese letter of commendation awarded to UWF. Read full story