Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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44 P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E – S P R I N G | S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 Business Development Board of Palm Beach County www.BDB.org; www.HQpbc.org The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is the official public/private economic development organization for Palm Beach County and Enterprise Florida. Founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit corpo- ration, its primary purpose is to attract and retain new industry, business investment, high-quality jobs, and workforce devel- opment through corporate relocations, expansions, and international trade, stimu- lating economic energy, promoting business diversity, and enriching the County's vitality. Beyond Education www.beyondeducation.org Beyond Education aims to provide parents and students with postsecondary school information that will help them to make informed education and career choices. The website will include information on employ- ment and earnings outcomes of graduates of the State University System, the Florida College System and District Postsecondary Career and Technical Schools as well as other important information. CareerSource Palm Beach County www.careersourcepbc.com CareerSource is the organization chartered by the state of Florida to develop, create and retain a quality workforce system in Palm Beach County and offers its professional services to all employers and job seekers in the county. Employment services are available to all Palm Beach County businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Employer services include recruiting, inter- viewing, candidate screening, assessments, and training. CareerSource operates three Career Centers and two Executive Transition Units offering innovative employment-related services. For job seekers, CareerSource Career Centers provide job-search workshops, the use of computers, phones and faxes to assist in a job search, training opportunities for those who qualify; counseling, assessments and job placement services. HOMESCHOOLING in Florida Homeschooling is popular in Florida, with the website A2ZHomeschooling. com estimating approximately 86,500 homeschooled students in the state. Families interested in homeschooling must register with the Palm Beach County School District by fling a letter of intent. Parents must also maintain a portfolio logging each student's educational activities, and provide an annual evaluation, which may include the Florida Standards Assessment, among other required actions. Comprehensive information is available at the Palm Beach County School website: www.palmbeachschools.org/ homeeducation. State of Florida information is found at: www.fdoe.org/ schools/school-choice/other-school-choice-options/home-edu. Here are several resources related to homeschooling: Christian Homeschool Support | www.christianhomeschoolsupport.org This group is dedicated to the Christian Homeschool Support of the Western Communities in Palm Beach County, FL. This group primarily serves residents of Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, but all are welcome to join to provide support, fellowship and encourage- ment to one another. Florida Homeschooling | www.forida-homeschooling.org Resources and support for Florida homeschoolers, including legal and practical information for both new and experienced homeschoolers, as well as county-specifc listings of evaluators, tutors, support groups, and private schools for homeschoolers. Florida Parent Educators Association | www.fpea.com The FPEA serves thousands of homeschooling families in Florida, delivering a wealth of support, guidance and information to both new and longtime home educators. The "FPEA Experience" involves a banding together of homeschoolers to accomplish the task of developing academic and personal excellence by sharing resources, creating connections, enhancing relationships and breaking down barriers. Florida Virtual School | 800-347-1430 • www.fvs.net/homeschool/options Florida Virtual School is a free online public school offering more than 150 courses. FVS gives homeschoolers the ability to enroll in courses 365 days per year and the choice to take courses online while learning during the summer or the school year – or something in between. Homeschoolers can chart an educational path around individual needs, hobbies, activities, and travel. The South Florida HEAT Competitive Athletics for Homeschoolers www.sfheat.org The South Florida HEAT (Home Education Athletic Teams) is a Christian based, FH SA A accred ited, not- fo r- p rof it o rgan i zation wo r k i ng w ith homeschooling families toward growing tomor row's ser vant- leaders through learning and applying life-lessons available from the competitive interscholastic athletic arena.

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