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Updated: 12/21/2013 08:00:00AM

Polytech applications coming in fast

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Board of Trustees member Don Wilson said time moves on his fears of what could happen with the state's 12th public university is disappearing. Sitting at the head table at Wednesday's Rotary meeitng with him is S.L. Frisbie and Ava Parker, the COO of the new school, Florida Polytech, which plans to open in August.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Ava Parker, the COO of Florida Polytech University said the new school is not only a boom for Polk County but for the state. Sitting beside her is Rotary member S.L. Frisbie IV.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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Ava Parker was gleaming Wednesday when she spoke about Florida Polytech as she was either encouraged by a report earlier this week about the applications coming in or just plain excited about the campus seemingly to move smoothly toward its planned opening in August.

At a board meeting on Tuesday in Orlando, it was reported that 300 students have been accepted of the 500 it plans to have when the first semester starts in August. Wednesday, Parker said it was 319. And so far more than 1,800 have applied. When Board of Trustees member Don Wilson introduced Parker, the school’s chief operating officer, at the Bartow Rotary meeting Tuesday, he said his original fears are evaporating.

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