Beacon College Continues Global Leadership on Learning Differences

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Project Discovery

On the heels of leading a successful educator’s workshop in Mumbai on learning disabilities, a six-strong Beacon College team jetted to the United Arab Emirates to run a two-week residential program for college-bound youth with learning differences. “Project Discovery” targeted individuals ages 15 to 22 with learning differences.

Regional Employers Seek Beacon’s Best and Brightest at Annual Job Fair

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Student at Beacon Job Fair

Matt Berger knows the value of a good suit. “One thing that I’ve learned over the years that you dress for success,” he says. “If you were a good suit, they notice.” Dressed in his two-button gray business suit, Berger hoped the companies and organizations on hand Wednesday for Beacon College’s annual job fair would take notice of his sartorial flair and his gussied up resume.

Beacon College Stars in Indian Workshop on Learning Disabilities

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Hagerty in Mumbai

It was hurray for Bollywood in February as several Beacon College educators took the school’s innovative learning model on the road to Mumbai for an inaugural workshop on learning disabilities for Indian educators. Organized by The Next Genius Foundation, an Indian charitable trust boosts inclusive access to higher education, the LD Workshop 2018 aimed to quench the thirst for tools and classroom strategies of Indian educators who serve LD students.

Beacon College President Named to Goodwill’s Board of Directors

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Beacon College President George J. Hagerty has been named to the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Inc. Goodwill directors appointed Hagerty to the board during its January 29 meeting. In “building lives that work,” Goodwill Industries of Central Florida supports jobseekers in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties with vocational services, youth programs and disability and veterans resources.

Ex-state lawmaker O’Toole to Run Beacon College Innovation Hub

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Former Florida state representative H. Marlene O’Toole will pilot the Center for Innovation & Outreach at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. From 2008 to 2016, O’Toole, a Lady Lake Republican, represented District 33 including Sumter County, northern Lake County, and southern Marion County, including Webster, Center Hill, Bushnell, Wildwood, Lady Lake, and The Villages. Beacon […]

Disability Workshop Introduces Educators to Beacon’s Success Secrets

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Professional Development Workshop 2018

There’s one cardinal rule for magicians: never reveal your secrets. Yet, Beacon College rated the number one school for students with disabilities by BestValueSchools.com last did just that. Beacon faculty, staff, and students revealed the magic behind the liberal arts school’s peerless 70 percent four-year graduate rate for students with learning differences during a workshop for college disability educators.

Orlando Utilities Commission Powers Hopes for Internships

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Representatives from the Orlando Utilities Commission electrified future jobseekers with a recent on-campus visit to Beacon College. OUC has announced plans to offer internships to Beacon College students this semester. The OUC team, led by diversity specialist recruiter Emily Leon, conducted a 90-minute presentation on February 7. The program introduced about 20 students to OUC, the second largest municipal utility in Florida and 14th largest municipal in the nation.

Biking for Bucks

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Beacon Biker Gala

Beacon College faculty and staff put on the Ritz recently while accepting a fundraising trophy at The Villages® Regional Hospital Auxiliary Foundation’s 12th Annual “Hearts for Our Hospital Gala.” Beacon earned the award for securing the largest number of pledges for the 4th Annual Hearts for Our Hospital Bicycle Challenge in November. Team Beacon won the College Challenge Trophy competition in a race that is less concerned with who wins than raising pledges. Beacon retains the trophy for one year — unless the school brings in big pledges again next year.

Legislative Learning Takes Beacon Students To Tallahassee

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ICUF-Students-Tallahassee

Mr. Smith went to Washington. Last month two Beacon students went to Tallahassee. While there, they, like Mr. Smith, too learned something about how the political machine’s gears are greased. ICUF Dr Hagerty and StudentsAry Brown and Samantha Chavez traveled to the state capital for a birds-eye view of grassroots lobbying as part of the annual caravan of students selected as Presidential Fellows to represent schools that are part of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF).

Beacon College Crew Ladles Up ‘Souper’ Volunteerism at Lake County Fundraiser

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Simon Vaz

Every day, one in six Central Floridians wonders whether food will grace his or her dining table that day. In Lake County, some 45,120 Lake County residents wonder just how they’ll curb their too often rumbling bellies. That troubled Simon Vaz. He knew he couldn’t solve the dilemma alone. Yet, by dishing up hearty helpings of chicken noodle soup, Vaz reckoned he could help bring awareness to the hunger that ails too many neighbors of Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla.