WE3 Expo to highlight options in Polk County Schools for PreK through Adults

2017-10-25T13:35:23+00:00 October 21, 2017|Education|

If you have a student in Polk County schools, are looking for more information on educational options in Polk County, or are even considering going back to school yourself, the WE3 EXPO is the place to be the first weekend of November!

The WE3 EXPO is happening Thursday, Friday and Saturday – November 2, 3 & 4 – at the RP Funding Center (formerly the Lakeland Center).

This event showcases the wide variety of programs available to Polk County students of all ages, covering Pre-K through Adult Education.

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What is included?

At the WE3 EXPO you’ll find over 400 booths spotlighting the innovative careers, schools, and programs offered across Polk County. There will also be demonstrations highlighting the unique activities found in Polk County Schools. Booths include:

  • Polk Academies for Middle & High Schools
  • Voluntary Pre-K Programs
  • The Arts
  • JROTC
  • International Baccalaureate Schools
  • Magnet Schools
  • Career & Technical Education
  • Adult Schools

Below is a list of exhibitors and an event map.

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Why Attend?

Polk County Schools offer many options beyond your traditional neighborhood school. Attending the WE3 Expo allows you to visit in-person with representatives from a variety of programs and schools across the county. Some examples include:

Elementary

All Polk County Elementary Schools will be represented! Local magnet schools will have booths on Saturday and you can learn more about their magnet focus (science, technology, arts, math, etc.) and learn how and when to apply.

Middle School

Many middle schools have pre-academies that provide students with real-world exposure to career specific curriculum through electives. Some of the pre-academies offered include Aerospace, Engineering, Robotics, Medical, Culinary, Web Design, Video Game Design, Video Production, Graphic Design. If you have a student entering middle school in 2018 or 2019, this would be a great opportunity to visit each school’s booth and learn more about what they offer and decide in advance whether to apply.

High School

High Schools in Polk County offer academies for students that are small, personalized learning communities within a high school. Each academy focuses on a career theme that includes a college-prep curriculum and can lead to industry certification. If you have any interest in attending a specific academy, the WE3 Expo is a great opportunity to research and ask questions face to face instead of trying to do your research online, or contacting individual academies separately.

You can also learn more about International Baccalaureate schools, Advance Placement classes, Dual Enrollment, and other high school options ALL IN ONE DAY!

Visit http://www.polkacademies.com for more information on academies.

Adults

If you’ve been considering going back to school, the WE3 Expo is a chance to learn more about local colleges and technical schools, ask questions, and learn what degrees and technical certifications are offered locally.


Many students from across Polk County will be attending the event on Thursday and Friday with their schools. This allows them to get up close and personal with many exhibits and demonstrations, and can then take the information home to their families. Even if your child is attending the WE3 EXPO with their school on Thursday or Friday, you can always go back with them on Saturday to learn more about the programs that interest your child, ask questions, and pick up additional information.

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When?

This event is FREE and open to the public each day November 2-4, 2017. Note that not all exhibitors will be in attendance on Thursday and Friday. Saturday is the most comprehensive exhibitor day.

Thursday, November 2nd – 8AM – 2PM
Exhibitors include Polk County public Middle Schools, High Schools, Adult Schools, Technical Colleges, Career Center, and WE3 Expo business sponsors.

Friday, November 3rd – 8AM – 2PM
Exhibitors include Polk County public Middle Schools, High Schools, Adult Schools, Technical Colleges, Career Center, and WE3 Expo business sponsors.

Saturday, November 4th – 10AM – 2PM
Exhibitors include Polk County Public Schools’ VPK, Pre-Schools, Elementary, Middle, High, Adult Schools, Technical Colleges,and District Departments, as well as our WE3 Expo business sponsors.

Where?

The WE3 Expo is being held at the RP Funding Center, located at 701 W Lime St, Lakeland, FL 33815 (MAP IT).

To get more information on the WE3 EXPO, including a map of exhibitor locations and a full event schedule, visit http://www.polkacademies.com/we3/.

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Polk County Schools Open Enrollment
November 1, 2017 – January 9, 2018

Open Enrollment is the period when you can apply for magnet schools, IB schools, middle school pre-academies, high school academies, fine arts schools, and other choice schools.

Polk County Public Schools open enrollment period for the 2018-19 school year will be open November 1, 2017 – January 9, 2018.

Visit the WE3 Expo to explore your educational options, and then apply for the school that’s right for you at www.PolkEdOptions.com during Open Enrollment.

Video from last year’s event

Polk County School Choice Options

Looking for information on grades K-12? Check out our School Choice Guide for details on Magnet, Charter, IB, Academies, Private, and other schools in Lakeland and Polk County.

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