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Updated: 01/19/2014 04:58:31PM

New college campus could help Bartow’s economy

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

As a large crew is getting ready to cut the ribbon for the Advanced Technology Center, these folks are checking out the scissors they were given for the job. From left is Polk County Commissioner Todd Dantzler, A-C-T President and CEO Rob Kincart, Polk County Manager Jim Freeman and PSC Advanced Technology Director Rob Clancey.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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With education cited in this past year as possibly being a key to help improve Bartow’s economy, the opening of the Advanced Technology Center this week could be something that could work toward that end.

Polk State College’s Corporate College opened for classes this week at Clear Springs off State Road 60. It was built with $14.5 million mostly coming from donations on 20 acres just east of Bartow and its focus is applied technology. It’s a new kind of education where private businesses help the school develop programs and teach students with real situations and train them for the manufacturing world.

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