Parents’ College at Florida SouthWestern State College - This Inaugural Session Takes Place On Saturday, October 18, 2014

Oct 3, 2014

Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Professional Learning Academy (PLA) will host its first Parents’ College event from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday October 18, 2014.  Parents’ College is an effort to inform parents, guardians, and caregivers about educational issues vital in raising children to be responsible, thoughtful and caring citizens. 


The event, which is being held in the U building at the Thomas Edison (Lee) campus in Fort Myers, will begin with registration and a light breakfast at 8:30 am.  A keynote presentation will start at 9:00 am followed by a selection of parent workshops throughout the morning and afternoon. Attendees can attend up to four workshops of their choosing that include, but are not limited to, the following topics:  Bullying, Multiple Intelligences, the Special Education Primer, and the Internet: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly to mention a few.  After lunch, which can be purchased on campus, the afternoon courses begin. Courses end at 3:00 p.m. with the presentation of Parents’ College diplomas. The registration fee is $100.00 per person.


The keynote presentation will feature Judy O’Halloran, a published writer and national speaker on Down Syndrome, advocacy, parenting, and education.  Judy's workshops and keynotes reflect her passion, honesty and humor.  She draws from over three decades of experience and research as a teacher, tutor, volunteer, consultant and parent in the area of developmental disabilities.  As Judy explains, "I'm an educator.  It's in my blood to share what I have learned and make it easier for the next person." 


Call and register today! Contact the PLA Coordinators James Devine at or (239) 985-8305 and Rachel Malone at or (239) 489-9080.  To register, please visit:


Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving more than 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW will debut its intercollegiate athletics program in the fall 2015.