Florida rest stops serviced by adults with disabilities

Florida rest stops serviced by adults with disabilities

 

 

 

If you drive in Florida, especially on state roads like I-95, you have seen and probably used one of those rest stops along the highway. It’s where drivers and truckers can take a bathroom break, rest a bit, stretch their legs, and have a snack.

Finding workers to keep them clean and functioning can be a challenge. But thanks to Florida’s innovative thinking and willingness to partner with non-profit groups, we all get to enjoy the benefits.

You see, non-profits around the state provide workers to fill positions we all take for granted. One such partnership has developed between the Florida Department of Transportation and the ARC of Martin County.

Four rest stops Northbound and Southbound on I-95 in Martin and St. Lucie Counties are now being serviced by adults with disabilities from the ARC of Martin County.

The non-profit contracted with FDOT through the RESPECT of Florida program to provide jobs for men and women who are part of the ARC of Martin County’s Advanced Employment Services Program, also known as, AES. RESPECT of Florida is the Central Non-profit Agency for the state of Florida that creates employment opportunities for about 1,000 Floridians who are blind or have disabilities through contractual services and the production of commodities that are sold to government entities. The ARC is able to tap into this program to ensure a pathway to employment for adults with disabilities in the ARC’s AES program.

Business partners help these adults build on their strengths while they explore new employment interests and skills in a variety of industries. The work gives them functional work skills that leads to self-worth, confidence, and independence while filling employment needs across the state.

Currently, 30 adults in ARC of Martin County’s AES Program are working at the four rest stops handling janitorial services as well as taking care of the landscape, picking up trash, and essentially keeping the facilities clean.

The state’s transportation department is managed by Governor Ron DeSantis. Its business practices include organization-wide values such as integrity and respect and a philosophy that individuals with disabilities should be considered for jobs in an environment that gives them the freedom to compete on a fair and level playing field.

ARC of Martin County’s AES program works with organizations like the FDOT practicing inclusive policies that cultivate a diverse workforce. Various businesses train and support adults with disabilities by providing coaching services, resume writing, and interview preparation.

It’s a win-win for everybody!

 

 

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Dec. 2, 2022|

Helping People Succeed’s 2023 Art for Living calendars now on sale 

Helping People Succeed’s 2023 Art for Living calendars now on sale

 

 

It’s the time of year when Helping People Succeed distributes its popular Art for Living Calendar for residents and visitors at local businesses, including Barnes & Noble Book Store in Jensen Beach. Looking for that perfect gift? Helping People Succeed's 2023 Art for Living Calendar reflects the beauty found right here on the Treasure Coast. Each month is represented by the work of a talented local artist. Calendars sell for $25 each.

The featured artists this year include: Alene Sirott-Cope, Yolanda Luce, Kirsty Innis, Janet Kipp Tribus, Marta Elena Gonzalez, Susan Roberts, Susan Clifford, Pam Patterson, Christine Grosso, Julia Kelly, Diane Raymond, Dan Mackin and Patrice Scott.

Helping People Succeed is also thankful for underwriters Water Pointe Realty, Stuart Business Systems, Green Design, Sandhill Cove Retirement Living, All Creatures Animal Hospital, NisAir Air Conditioning & Heating, Leonardo and Company, EW Consultants, Ross Mixing, Mary Kay Buckridge, Ashley Capital, Oral-Facial Surgical Associates and Dale Forbes.

The calendars are available for purchase at the Helping People Succeed offices, 1601 NE Braille Place, off Savanna Road in Jensen Beach, as well as throughout the Treasure Coast. For a complete list of locations where you can find them, visit www.hpsfl.org.

Back by popular demand is the Art for Living Gallery. Not only can you view and/or purchase the artwork that is featured in the 2023 Art for Living Calendar, you can also see artists’ additional works, which are for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Helping People Succeed. The gallery can be found at www.hpsfl.org. This state-of-the-art exhibit is currently available for viewing through Nov. 2023.

 

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Dec. 2, 2022|

23 institutions selected to participate in AAC&U Institute on ePortfolios

23 Institutions Selected to Participate in AAC&U Institute on ePortfolios

 

 

The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the 23 institutions selected to participate in the third annual Institute on ePortfolios. The Institute provides a yearlong engagement opportunity for campus teams seeking to actualize an ambitious strategy to broaden student and faculty/staff engagement with ePortfolios. The ePortfolio Institute engages campuses directly throughout the 2023 calendar year as participants’ ePortfolio implementation plans are put into practice.

In collaboration with the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), AAC&U will launch the 2023 Institute on ePortfolios on January 13. Participants will also take part in the Annual Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios, a virtual event held on January 23 in conjunction with the AAC&U Annual Meeting. Each team from the participating institutions will design its own implementation plan for bridging curricular and/or cocurricular learning with ePortfolios. Institute faculty will serve as partners for campus plan development and implementation.

“ePortfolios may be the best strategy higher education has available to it to foster integrative learning that connects courses and high-impact educational experiences,” said C. Edward Watson, AAC&U Associate Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation. “This Institute’s yearlong model will enable campuses to receive mentorship and consulting as they engage in the complex work of instantiating ePortfolios across courses, and in some cases, across programs and curricula.”

The 23 institutions participating in the 2023 Institute on ePortfolios are:

  • Augustana University
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • D'Youville University
  • Duke Kunshan University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Holy Family University
  • Indian River State College
  • Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus
  • Mississippi University for Women
  • New England College
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Open Society University Network—Bard College, American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan), BRAC University (Bangladesh)

AAEEBL provides a community of practice and resources to help meet the needs of the global ePortfolio community and promotes portfolio learning as a major way to transform higher education.

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Its work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states and 25 countries.

  • Pasadena City College
  • Pima Community College
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • University of Saint Mary
  • University of South Alabama
  • Virginia State University

 

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Dec. 2, 2022|

Clerk seeks Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony reservations

Clerk seeks Valentine's Day wedding ceremony reservations

 

Reservations are now being accepted for a Valentine's Day wedding ceremony performed by Clerk Michelle R. Miller, uniting multiple couples in marriage at Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens on February 14, 2023, at 5 p.m.

Couples must obtain a marriage license between December 16, 2022, and February 10, 2023, to participate in the group wedding ceremony. Standard marriage license fees will apply; however, the $30 ceremony fee will be waived for all couples participating in this unique, one-time event.

To join the group wedding ceremony or make a reservation to be married at the Clerk's office on Valentine's Day, please call 772-462-6900 or book online at stlucieclerk.com/marriage. 

 

 

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Dec. 2, 2022|

“I Love You The Whole Wide World” Debuts at G. Alan Fine Jewelry & Coin

"I Love You The Whole Wide World" Debuts at G. Alan Fine Jewelry & Coin

 

 

Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5:30 – 7 p.m., join G. Alan’s Fine Jewelry and Coin and Sandee’s TWW World, LLC at the introduction of “I Love You The Whole Wide World,” a vision of merchandise created and sold for the purpose of expressing your love while providing funds for children’s and animal charities. Featured items will include jewelry, teddy bears, and Christmas ornaments, plus a sneak peek of items and inventory which will be offered in 2023. A portion of every sale will be donated to a nonprofit. The Open House preview will take place at G. Alan’s Fine Jewelry and Coin at 909 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce and is open to the public.

 

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Dec. 2, 2022|

Farm City Luncheon 2022 dives into Martin County aquaculture

 

Farm City Luncheon 2022 dives into Martin County aquaculture, brings together business, ag, environment and community

 

Pictured (l to r): Brandon Tucker, Pam & Bobby Tucker, Maureen Cotter and Patricia Ditmars

 

Aquaculture is big business in Florida, accounting for more than $200 million in annual revenue and making Florida one of the top producers in the nation for this branch of agriculture.

Guests at the 2022 One Martin Farm-City luncheon on Nov. 17 learned about the innovative ways that the Florida aquaculture community is farming the seas, its growing promise to address an increasing global demand for food, and its local economic impact.

Now in its fifth year, the One Martin's Farm-City Luncheon, held in partnership with the Martin County Farm Bureau, brings together urban and rural residents of Martin County to celebrate the important relationships between farmers, consumers, civic leaders, and everyone in between who contribute to the community’s safe, abundant food supply. It is part of the national celebration of Farm City Week, traditionally held the week before Thanksgiving to highlight the interdependence between rural and urban citizens.

“People have an image of agriculture as fields of citrus groves or cattle grazing on the land, and that’s certainly an accurate picture of a good portion of western Martin County,” said Rick Hartman, president of One Martin, a nonprofit organization that hosts the local Farm-City luncheon each year. “But there’s much more to farming than row crops and livestock. There’s an entire aquaculture (fish farming) industry that provides important food sources grown in water.  It’s a big economic driver in our region.”

Megan Davis, Ph.D., Research Professor with the Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement Program at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, described HBOI’s ongoing work to develop sustainable production techniques for farming fish, clams, oysters, shrimp, urchins, algae, seaweed and sea veggies. “Our research work has immediate and practical impacts on the food supply, health and nutrition, and the environment,” Davis said. “It’s cool science and it’s also the hope of the future.”

Butch Olsen, Executive Director of the Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority, and Paige Cruise, a 16-year-old passionate advocate for Florida agriculture, inspired the sold-out luncheon audience with a renewed appreciation for the agricultural community and how interdependent rural and urban communities are. “Everything in our day, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear and the homes we live in, comes from the farm in some way,” Cruise said. “Agriculture is our life blood.”

The Farm-City luncheon menu was a model of farm-to-table cuisine: beef from the iconic Adams Ranch, flounder and sheepshead from the Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority, veggies from the Everglades Agricultural Area, and potatoes from Agri-Gators. The event took place at Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina, a prominent part of the Historic Port Salerno Waterfront District.

A fast-paced live auction by Ransom Hartman (which included – name the three things) helped One Martin to raise funds to continue its educational work.

One Martin is grateful for the sponsorship support of these organizations: Ashley Capitol, Becker Tree Farm; Adams Ranch; Three Lakes; Midbrook 1st Realty Corp.; Hartman Real Estate; The Tucker Group; M Ranch; Star Farms; O’Rourke Engineering and Planning; Velcon Engineering and Planning; U.S. Sugar; HJA Design Studio; Shearwater Marine and Industrial; Bull Hammock Ranch; Van Vonno Consulting; McNicholas & Associates; Captec Engineering; Market on Main; Agri-Gators; Wedgworth’s; Team Parks; SLC Commercial; Camo Farms; Ralicki Wealth management & Trust Services; Ideas For Us; Proctor Construction Co.; The MilCor Group, a division of Haley Ward, Inc.; Indiantown Marina; Tarpon Blue; Meritage Homes; Lucido & Associates; Family Lands Remembered; Sugar Cane Growers; Tellus; and Caulkins Water Farm.

About One Martin

One Martin is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more informed citizenry and providing opportunities for civil discussions on topics of importance to Martin County.  One Martin’s goal is to also encourage local government to operate more ethically, efficiently and transparently.  For more information visit www.onemartin.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OneMartinCounty.

 

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Treasure Coast Business News Nov. 29, 2022

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Data speaks volumes first free workshop/webinar of Marcia Salmon 2022 fall series


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IRSC Promise Program 2023 questions and answers

 

On Nov. 16, 2022, Indian River State College (IRSC) revealed the IRSC Promise Program 2023—its most significant investment in eliminating barriers to higher education. Promise 2023 offers tuition-free Associate degrees for qualifying 2023 graduates from public and public charter high schools in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties, as well as eligible, in-district home school graduates.
 
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Treasure Coast Business News Nov. 22 2022

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Comcast opens Xfinity store in Port St. Lucie

Comcast announced the opening of a new Xfinity Store in Port St. Lucie. The store is designed entirely around the needs of Comcast customers, allowing them to experience the latest Xfinity services firsthand, plus handle account-related tasks like signing up for new services or exchanging equipment...Read More>>

 

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$60,000 gift to Martin Health Foundation to fund glioblastoma research

Cleveland Clinic’s Martin Health Foundation recently received a $60,000 gift from proceeds raised during the third annual Lenny Schelin, Jr. Memorial Fishing Tournament. Family and friends of Lenny Schelin, Jr. presented the gift, which will continue to help support research into glioblastoma, an aggressive form of malignant brain tumor. Schelin Jr. passed away in 2018 at the age of 33 from glioblastoma. An avid fisherman, The Lenny Schelin Jr. Memorial Tournament helps keep his legacy alive... Read More>>

 Florida Department of Economic Opportunity activates Business Damage Assessment Survey

 

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment Survey to gauge the impact of Hurricane Nicole on Florida businesses. Survey responses will assist the state in expediting recovery efforts by providing data on the needs of affected businesses... Read More>>

Ribbon cutting at House of Leafs Cigar Lounge

On Nov. 30 at 9 a.m., join members of the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony at House of Leafs By Groovy Cigar Lounge. The ribbon cutting will take place at 5190-5192 Turnpike Feeder Road in Fort Pierce and is open to the public. For information, call 772.242.1668. 

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Elliott Museum
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MidFlorida Credit Union
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All Smiles Dentistry
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Deep Six
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Saint Lucie County Property Appraiser
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A Moment’s Notice Healthcare
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Artistic Closets
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Cleveland Clinic Martin Health System
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Harbor Place of Port St. Lucie
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Geico Insurance - Maggie Deng
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Dec. 1, 2022|

A Day’s Journey: self-discovery and personal growth workshop

A Day’s Journey: self-discovery and personal growth workshop

 

 

Self-discovery doesn’t require you to reinvent yourself (unless you want to). You can simply desire to understand yourself better. We all question who we truly are at some point on our journey. Life gets busy, we get distracted with our goals and “to do’s”, raising our family and making others happy. Slowly, unintentionally along the way, we can lose our sense of self. You were in everyone else’s backyard but who was in yours? So, it makes sense if you are confused about what you want, your place in the world or your purpose. Plus, with the complexity in the world right now, it’s hard not to feel some level of stress. This workshop builds on how you can be compassionate with yourself and others but not take on the feelings of others that drain you and prohibit you living your life to the fullest. Here is one of my best coaching tips. You are the one you are waiting for! There is nothing out there that is going to provide sustainable joy and an optimal life- no job, no spouse, no achievement, no home, or vacation. Sustainable joy and the ability to give and receive love is an inside job and requires knowing yourself. And to do that, we need help observing our mind and behavior because it’s hard to step outside ourselves and be able to see gaps and suggest changes that would lead to our growth. Trust me, I have worked with the best and the brightest and we don’t see the water we swim in. Working together as a small, supportive group, we will draw on different techniques and concepts such as the Enneagram, Mindfulness, a consciousness model called “Living Above the Line” and other exercises and embodiment practices to gain a new perspective, uncover a deeper awareness about ourselves, access strengths we possess and shift our thought processes in ways that better support our thriving in life. Some of the many positive changes you may experience:

Get out of your comfort zone and try something new

Uncover unconscious patterns and habits that sabotage your enjoyment of life

Let go of other people’s image of you and follow your internal compass

Spend time visualizing your ideal self and lifestyle

Access a sense of calm and balance in your life

Experience heart opening and personal growth

Strengthen your meaningful relationships in a mutually beneficial wayStrategize your next moves

Feel supported and understood by like-minded folks that want to expand and grow just like you do

You’ll grow and change as you discover more about yourself. Trust me, your starting point will feel nothing like the finish line. I promise you a day of personal growth, renewal, and fun! Fee: $350 and may be paid by Venmo, PayPal, Zelle or check prior to workshop date. Group limited to 8. Please RSVP early and claim your spot/payment reserves your space.

RSVP/Questions: [email protected]

Location: Vero Beach (specific address provided once registered)

 

Nov. 25, 2022|

IRSC Promise Program 2023 questions and answers

IRSC Promise Program 2023 questions and answers

On Nov. 16, 2022, Indian River State College (IRSC) revealed the IRSC Promise Program 2023—its most significant investment in eliminating barriers to higher education. Promise 2023 offers tuition-free Associate degrees for qualifying 2023 graduates from public and public charter high schools in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties, as well as eligible, in-district home school graduates.

Follows are answers to commonly asked questions:

What is the IRSC Promise Program?

The IRSC Promise Program provides tuition-free Associate degrees for students graduating in 2023 from public and public charter high schools in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties and eligible 2023 in-district homeschool graduates.

How does one get into the Program?

To take advantage of the program, eligible high school seniors must commit to IRSC by taking the Promise Pledge, available at promise.irsc.edu. The pledge deadline is March 10, 2023.

Is there a catch?

There is no catch. Any public or public charter high school graduate in the IRSC service district or eligible in-district homeschool graduate for 2023 who qualifies for Florida in-state residency and wishes to enroll as a full-time student in an IRSC Associate Degree program can participate.

What’s an eligible homeschool graduate? 

In-district 2023 homeschool students need to provide an IRSC Homeschool Affidavit Form + School District Letter acknowledging the establishment or termination of their home education program.  Students homeschooled through a private school are considered private school students, not homeschoolers and are not eligible for the IRSC Promise Program.

Do students have to demonstrate financial need or be first-generation students to qualify? 

No, the Promise is not based on need, however, Promise students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.

Is a minimum high school GPA required?

The Promise program requires that you graduate in 2023 from a public or public charter high school in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee or St. Lucie county or be an eligible in-district homeschool graduate. Students must meet the minimum 2.0 GPA required for high school graduation. Once at IRSC, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to receive Promise funding.

Does the Promise apply to career-training (non-degree) certificates?
You must be enrolled full-time in an Associate Degree program to be part of the IRSC Promise Program. Several IRSC programs allow you to earn industry certifications as you progress toward your degree. These include A.S. and A.A.S. programs in trades such as Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technology; Automotive Service Management Technology; Building Construction Technology; Criminal Justice Technology; and Fire Science Technology. View IRSC Associate in Science/Associate in Applied Science Degree programs at https://irsc.edu/programs/associate-in-science-degree-programs.html.  

Is the Promise available to private school students?

Not yet.  We will continue to evaluate the program to inform future expansion plans. We encourage private school graduates to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply for IRSC Foundation scholarships for assistance with funding.

Are Dual Enrollment students eligible for the Promise?

Yes. Any student that is a 2023 graduate from an in-district public or public charter high school or an eligible 2023 in-district homeschool graduate, regardless of incoming credit, can pledge to the IRSC Promise program.

 Is the Promise available to G.E.D.® students?

G.E.D.® students are not yet eligible for the IRSC Promise program. We will continue to evaluate the program for next year to make expansion plans. We encourage G.E.D.® students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply for IRSC Foundation scholarships for assistance with funding.

Are graduates of Florida Virtual School eligible for the Promise?

No. Only graduates of public and public charter high schools in Martin, Indian River, Okeechobee, and St Lucie counties or eligible in-district homeschool graduates are eligible. We encourage Florida Virtual School graduates to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply for IRSC Foundation scholarships for assistance with funding.

Are DACA students eligible for the Promise?

Yes. If the State of Florida considers you a student, IRSC considers you a student. DACA students who qualify for Florida in-state residency can pledge to the Promise. We will work with each student individually to confirm eligibility.

What if a 2023 high school graduate completed an A.A. concurrent with high school graduation and wants to pursue an A.S. at IRSC?

That student would qualify for the Promise program to complete an A.S. Degree.

If I already have Florida Pre-paid, can I still be eligible for the Promise?

The IRSC Promise Program allows families with 529 plans, like Florida Prepaid, to stretch their investments even further. Those seeking to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree after completing an IRSC Associate Degree tuition-free can apply pre-paid balances toward that next educational milestone. Unused Florida Pre-Paid monies may also be returned to you; see  www.myfloridaprepaid.com for details.

Am I still eligible for the Promise if I already have Bright Futures or scholarships?

The Promise will apply to any tuition balance after funds from Bright Futures or scholarships are applied.

If I get financial aid, does the IRSC Promise still apply to me?
The Promise Program is last-dollar funding, meaning it will cover any tuition cost after financial aid and scholarships have been applied.

Will the Promise Program cover my tuition if I don’t qualify for Financial Aid or scholarships?
Yes, the Promise Program will cover the cost of tuition students who don’t qualify for Financial Aid or scholarships.

How is the IRSC Promise Program funded?

The IRSC Promise is a tuition-paid program sponsored by the IRSC Foundation and funded through generous donor philanthropy and unrestricted investment proceeds. The IRSC Promise Program has no cash value. The College looks forward to partnering with other private organizations to expand the program and meet the needs of even more students.

Are there any other costs apart from tuition for the Promise Program? 
The Promise Program covers tuition only. There are additional costs students should budget for, including books, supplies, transportation, rent, and food.  Examples of fees you could be responsible for include distance learning fees, lab fees, and other special fees.  For more information on Indian River State College fees, visit the college catalog.

What if I am not eligible for the Promise Program?

Students not eligible for the Promise Program should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply for IRSC Foundation scholarships for assistance with funding.

How do I learn more about the IRSC Promise Program?

Students and parents can talk with their high guidance counselors or visit promise.irsc.edu to view a schedule of upcoming Promise Program Information Sessions, learn more about the program, and take the Promise Pledge.

Nov. 25, 2022|