Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Education Statistics Around the Lake reports education numbers from 3 counties around the lake. Statistics show the value of traditional education can vary widely across the country. While a college degree has long been viewed as a critical step toward the American dream, growing costs have led many students to ask, is higher education worth it? Meanwhile, local economies and individual circumstances can push others toward learning a trade or entering the workforce early. Here’s the caveat. National statistics show a difference in earnings as they relate to level of education. Data shows that college graduates typically earn 65% more than those with only a high school degree, according to Stacker research. So, they compiled a list of the least educated counties in Florida using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the lowest percent of the population 25 years and over that has a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Making the list as the #2 least-educated county in Florida, is Hendry County. The report shows just over 8 percent of the population 25 and up has a Bachelor’s degree or higher, 33% have less than a high school diploma, and 3 % have a graduate or professional degree. Glades County made the list at #10, and Okeechobee, at number 11.

Sexual Predator Notification

In accordance with Chapter 775 the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about a declared Sexual Predators, Bradley Cain, and Anthony Reina, who now reside at Pelican Lake Drive, Pahokee, FL 33476-3101.   

Local Pool Renovation to Include Swim Lessons

The City of Belle Glade is planning a new community center and pool to replace the Lakeshore Civic Center. Last year two toddlers drowned in Belle Glade. Councilmember Andrew Berry says that is one reason he’d like to see more emphasis on swim safety. The city wants to expand swimming lessons. Architect Charles Michaelson listed what they try to prioritize in a community center project like this. At the top of the list? Swimming lessons. 

Suicide Numbers Increasing Locally

Suicide affects all ages. The Florida department of health reports it is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34, the fourth leading cause among people ages 34-54, and the fifth leading cause among people ages 45-54. Suicide rates vary by race/ethnicity, age, and other factors. Patrice Schroeder, Community Relations Specialist for 211 Palm Beach says, many times, its hard to get people to take advantage of services offered, even though the numbers are rising. She says maybe people don’t know about 211 and other services that are available; it’s difficult for many groups to get access to care. Shroeder says, it important for us to look out for one another too, so if someone you know is changing, or if you notice subtle signs of sadness, anger or isolation, please talk to a professional. You could be saving a life. Dial 211 for any phone line for assistance.