Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has been awarded $135,000 for its Linking Education and Employment Outcomes (LEEO) program by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. Under this endowment, LEEO will partner with the National Academy Foundation (NAF), an educational nonprofit organization, to provide paid internships to eligible students during the summer of 2015.
This project will bring high-quality learning and work-based experiences to students through relevant project-based learning with the additional component of businesses serving as both mentors and employers. Broward Education Foundation and BCPS, in conjunction with J Strategies, Citrix, Broward College and NAF, support the development of LEEO and the Work-Based Experience Project.
The Project is designed to prepare students with skills, industry certifications and summer internships necessary to gain employment within Broward County’s local industries and/or pursue post-secondary education for careers in the 21st century.
Both the LEEO and NAF projects focus on students that are at high risk of not graduating and in need of post-secondary guidance. These initiatives aim to increase college and career readiness for students to be competitive and meet the demands of economic development in the community.
ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 102 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 135 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @Browardschools, like us on Facebook @ facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free Broward County Public Schools mobile app.