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Education Notes

August 30, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Calling all graduates of CLHS Class of '69

The Cypress Lake High School Class of 1969 will hold its 50th class reunion at Cypress Lake Country Club on Oct. 19, 2019.

For more information, visit our class website at or contact Ellie Bunting at

Hodges University launches accelerated masters in accounting

Hodges University has launched an accelerated master's degree in accounting. The limited enrollment program starts in September.

What distinguishes this program is that it can be completed in 10 months, and includes the Becker Review preparation materials for the CPA exam. Along with the Becker Review materials, this degree includes tuition, books and fees for $24,900.

"We designed this degree so that students can earn their master's in accountancy in less than a year while becoming fully-prepared to sit for the CPA exam," said Dr. John Meyer, president, Hodges University. "The all-inclusive cost for this degree is highly competitive and the program is offered completely online. This allows students to continue balancing their professional and personal lives."

Additional information is available at

Hodges University, a regionally accredited, private nonprofit institution founded in 1990, prepares students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional, and civic endeavors. With over 10,000 graduates having a 93 percent rate of continued success in careers, Hodges is recognized for developing programs that are uniquely designed and delivered to serve a diverse adult learner population. With campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, Hodges provides flexible day, evening and online classes taught by world-class faculty for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Hodges is also designated as a Hispanic serving institution, and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. More information about Hodges University is available at

Two local students honored at Florida Invention Convention

Two students from Fort Myers were recently honored for their innovations at the Florida Invention Convention

Samantha Mitchell, a 6th grade student at St Francis Xavier Catholic School, won a Next Level Award. Her invention, "Foamy Finger," is a safety bumper used to protect fingers from being injured in sliding doors. The award is selected by Inventor's Launchpad, a sponsor of the Florida Invention Convention Sponsor; and includes free prototyping services.

Robbie Stewart, a 8th grade student at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School, took third place in the competition. His invention, Air Ride Boats Wraps, is a boat wrap that traps air in dimples to reduces fluid drag, it reduces fuel consumption by having less drag.

The competition took place at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center earlier this month, and included student inventors from throughout Florida.

The students had participated in other Invention, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and or STEM Education programs and were invited to participate with their invention. Winners of the state finals advance to the National Invention Convention held at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation next year.

The event, now in its second year, has grown to over 7,000 participating students statewide. The Florida Invention Convention is sponsored by USF College of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors (USF Chapter), Moffitt Cancer Center, the Intellectual Property Law Firm of Saliwanchik, and Lloyd and Eisenschenk. The event is organized by Bright Young Minds Coalition, a Florida non-profit that champions invention and entrepreneurship education in schools and youth organizations.

More information about the Florida Invention Convention is available at



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