SouthTech Academy is hosting an open house on Thursday, July 29 from 4-6 pm for returning students in grades 10-12 and at 6 pm for prospective 9th graders and their families. New student orientation is on August 5th. Please join us; we look forward to seeing you on campus!
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A Delray Beach nonprofit organization dedicated to health and well-being is partnering with a Boynton Beach school to invest in the next generation of STEM leaders.
At South Tech Preparatory Academy in Boynton Beach, Jacqueline Botting is helping the next generation grow their perspective.
“To really build a future that is focused on children understanding food, health, and agriculture,” Botting said.
Botting is the executive director of Wise Tribe, a Palm Beach County organization focused on building grassroots projects.
“So that we can effectively build a healthier and wiser future,” Botting said.
A $50,000 grant is helping. This week, the nonprofit won the 100 Men of Palm Beach County grant, allowing them to create an outdoor learning lab for students interested in STEM.
“I would like to see a lot more activities going on at the school,” said sixth grader Angel Daley.
Daley said she’s looking forward to a new way to learn while being with friends.
“I think that’s going to make a huge difference because there’s a lot going on between COVID and school,” Daley said.
“We serve students sixth through eighth grade all throughout Palm Beach County,” said principal Nicole Handy. “About 96% of our students are living at or below poverty, which means they face a lot of difficulties in their home life. So this is an outlet for them.”
Botting said they are still accepting applicants from all around the county for their summer program.
“It’s really intended for those children who are interested in civic leadership opportunities and really thinking about how we will build a healthier and wiser future,” Botting said.
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Four days a week you’ll find Schuyler Baas drilling effective communication skills, English and writing at SouthTech Academy in Boynton Beach.
“I think AmeriCorps serves as sort of a safeguard for America’s at-risk populations,” Baas said. “So that’s what we’re here doing so every child can succeed in life.”
Skills she said these students use every day that, as they age, will only increase.
“From cosmetology to mechanical school to nursing or whatever they do, they’ll be prepared,” Baas said.
Since September 2020, Baas has served as a Literacy AmeriCorps member focused on improving the literacy rate of Palm Beach County children. SouthTech school principal Eileen Turenne said the graduation rate is proof it works.
“Prior to the pandemic taking its toll, we were at 98.5% for two years in a row, which put us at the top of the school district of Palm Beach County,” Turenne said. “Our AmeriCorps reaches out to our struggling students and works with them one-by-one so they can reach their graduation requirement.”
Kristin Calder is CEO for the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. She’s actively taking applications for the next approximately 40 recent college grads with a passion for civil service in education, disaster response, health, public safety and the environment.
“It’s a full-time commitment,” Calder said. “It’s 40 hours a week, plus community service on the weekends. It’s really meaningful job experience that transforms the lives they’re working with, but transforming their own.”
Members complete a service year from August through June that includes working at their service site for four days, COVID-19 vaccination efforts or disaster preparedness training on Fridays and community service on the weekends.
“They may be working with Habitat for Humanity or Adopt a Family, so they are really giving all of themselves to make a difference in Palm Beach County, and it benefits the entire community,” Calder said.
“I’m always thinking what’s next,” Baas added.
Literacy AmeriCorps is a project of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. To learn more, click here.
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — SouthTech Academy, which recently moved to a new campus in Boynton Beach, is going the extra mile to ensure students are on the fast track for success.
The school’s automotive technology program continues to gain interest from potential students, especially with the rising demand for highly skilled technicians.
SouthTech Academy provides students with real-world automotive knowledge and practical experience in a nurturing environment.
The training prepares students to enter the workforce after graduating high school.
Instructors train each student to industry standards and provide certification through multidimensional training in the classroom and shop.
Students learn safety and accident prevention, tool identification, and proper equipment usage.
Additionally, they learn to diagnose vehicle problems, plan a course of action and recommend or make repairs as needed.
SouthTech Academy offers the following programs:
For more information about SouthTech Academy and the programs available, click here.
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