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Partnerships Key to EFSC's Future Success

View a photo gallery from the event.

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18th Judicial Circuit Court Judges Rhonda Babb, pictured on the left, and Donna McIntosh were good sports with EFSC's Titan mascot at the Friend Raiser reception.

March 14, 2013 - Partnerships between Eastern Florida State College and local businesses and corporations are central to the future success of EFSC and its students.

That was the message from College President, Dr. Jim Richey, to Brevard attorneys during the Second Annual Legal Community Friend Raiser reception on March 14 sponsored by the Eastern Florida State College Foundation.

More than 150 people attended the event, which was held at the King Center for the Performing Arts on the Melbourne Campus to support the foundation’s work to increase funding for scholarships.

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Pictured from left to right, Scott Blaue, Charles Nash and Mark Peters

Richey said this is a historic year for the college as it starts offering its first four-year Bachelor’s Degrees in August and becomes Eastern Florida State College on July 1.

He then discussed the importance of public-private partnerships, saying the cooperation “can help student gain jobs upon graduation, and provide businesses with the workforce they need to grow and prosper.”

For example, he said more than 16,200 students have utilized the services of EFSC’s Career Planning and Development Center, which opened last year and partners with 60 companies to assist students find employment.

Business leaders in aerospace, computer science, engineering and health care also serve on college advisory committees to improve academic programs in science, technology, engineering and math – better known as STEM.

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Among those attending, from left to right, were Charlotte Arnoldi, Lakisha Davis, Jogisa Patel, Judge Rhonda Babb, Kathryn Speicher and Evelyn Arud.

Those efforts have led EFSC Corporate Services to work with more than 60 companies and train nearly 3,100 employees the past five years for firms such as Lockheed Martin and Brazilian jet-make Embraer.

“The development of partnerships on all levels is among the most important things we can do now and in the years ahead, and the reason is simple,” said Richey.

“We continue to face budgetary challenges, and at the same time must react quickly to the forces of the global economy that are shaping the world in which our students live, and shaping the educational programs that we must provide them.

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EFSC President Jim Richey thanks those in attendance for what he called a valuable partnership that benefits both EFSC students and local businesses.

“We can best serve them, and our community, by establishing and growing more partnerships that advance a key component of our mission: “To be an engine of economic growth and development in our community and by doing so improve the lives of our students and the fabric of our society.”

The event also featured remarks by Steve Charpentier, vice chair of the EFSC Board of Trustees and former chair of the Brevard County Bar Association.

Charpentier urged attorneys to stay engaged in the community, saying their support for EFSC’s scholarship, internship and career mentoring programs are vital as the institution continues to grow as Eastern Florida State College.