Did you know? Employment in the tech industry is expected to grow ~13%over the next decade — adding 660,000+ jobs to the US labor force. Enter:Flatiron School, designed to help prospective students prepare for careers in tech (like software engineer or cybersecurity analyst).
Whether you’re a new student just starting out or want to revamp your resume to get a boost in your career, Flatiron School offers multiple (and affordable) options to fit everyone’s unique lifestyle. Read: You or your adult kids could learn the skills needed for a high-paying tech job at significantly less cost than a traditional college tuition.
Bootcamp curriculums are up to date with current industry trends, so students gain knowledge + experience they can use in the real world. | Photo provided by Flatiron School
How it works:
Students can choose between full-time or part-time courses that will help build skills necessary for a new job in tech. While both options are available online, Flatiron also has Denver, CO + New York City campuses for in-person courses.
Flatiron can help you become a data scientist, software or cybersecurity engineer, or UX/UI product designer in as little as 15 weeks. | Photo provided by Flatiron School
Flatiron School offers bootcamps in software engineering, data science, product design, and cybersecurity engineering in two formats:
Full-Time: Learn on a fixed schedule, roughly eight hours a day, Monday to Friday, in as little as 15 weeks.
Part-Time: Learn on your own schedule over 40 weeks.
So, you can select which pace fits your learning style + schedule.
Bonus: Students gain real-world experience through hands-on projects that can help build their professional portfolios.
Flatiron also offers graduates up to 180 days of one-on-one career coaching to help students succeed during their job search. Career coaches review resumes, help build a student’s online presence, and can even help practice interviewing techniques. Students can take advantage of Flatiron’s employer network for active career opportunities as soon as they graduate.
How to apply:
Interested? Prospective students can chat with admissions virtually to see if Flatiron might be a good fit, then complete an online application followed by an admissions interview + assessment. Pro tip: Enrollment is open year-round, so you can apply anytime.
Puppy Parade and National Night Out | Tues., Aug. 2 | 6 p.m. | Dobbins Park, 514 Ariana St. | Free | Bring your pooch and join in on this parade starting at the corner of Camphor Drive + Louise Drive — followed by a gathering at Dobbins Park. 🐕
Art Night | Tue., Aug. 2 | 8 -11 p.m. | Quinteassence Kava Bar, 839 N. Massachusetts Ave. | Free | Relax during this group art session and paint a new prompt every week — bring your own art supplies.
Ladies’ Night | Tues., Aug. 2 | 4-11 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Head to Cob & Pen for this week’s “girls’ night out” to enjoy half-off bottles of wine + discounted champagne cocktails. 🥂
Lakeland Bike Night | Wed., Aug. 3 | 6-9 p.m. | Duke’s Brewhouse, 4960 Florida Ave. S. | Free | Calling all bikers — gather for community + all-you-can-eat wings. 🍗
Catapult Demo Day | Thu., Aug. 4 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Catapult Lakeland, 502 E. Main St. | Free | Stay in the loop and hear from innovative + high-growth startups as they share what they’re building in our city at this public, pitch-style event.*
Access Art: Special Needs | Thurs., Aug. 4 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | Create + discuss art during this guided program for individuals with special needs and varying exceptionalities. 🖼️
First Friday | Fri., Aug. 5 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Head downtown for this “Back to School” themed First Friday — enjoy vendors such as Lakeland Moonwalk with a rockwall + mechanical bull, music, and food with the family.
Flying Tigers | Sat., Aug. 6 | 6 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game against the Blue Jays. ⚾
100th Anniversary of Water Ski | Fri., Oct. 21-Sun., Oct. 23 | 10 a.m. | Lake Silver | Free | Watch history unfold at this tournament commemorating the centennial celebration of waterskiing. 🌊 *
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
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National Night Out. The nation-wide event is designed to bolster relationships between community members + local law enforcement. You can find a full list of places to participate, from ice cream socials to free car washes, here. 🍦 (The Ledger)
The long-awaited unveiling of the “Friends of Freedom” memorial is scheduled for Veterans Day weekend — Sat., Nov. 12at 10a.m. The 7-ft bronze statue was commissioned by Platform Art to honor The Buffalo Soldiers, an all-Black regiment of the Spanish War which camped on Lake Wire.
The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agencyhas approved a grant agreementto create BizLINC, a small business incubator. Nearly $1 million will be paid out to the Florida Development Corporation over three years for the operation of the 3,570-sqft space on Lincoln Avenue.
La Imperial Bakeryteased a new menu coming tomorrow. Pro tip: Sign up for the business’ newsletterhere to be the first in line when the new bites become available. Did we mention you’ll also hear about the Thanksgiving catering package? It’s never too early to prepare for the holidays. 💻
Citrus Connection is offering free transit to students aged12–18throughTues., Aug. 9. High school and middle school students can take advantage of the deal by taking a screenshot of this flyer and showing it to the bus operator. Lakeland is your oyster, youth of Swan City.
With Haines City High Schoolexceeding its capacity, the Polk County School Board is consideringadding a new high school in the Poinciana area. The school district made an offer of $12 million on a property near Lake Hatchineha Road where the potential school could be built. 🏫 (The Ledger)
August is here, and that means fall is not far away. Mark your calendars for Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail featuring threehaunt experiences, twoescape rooms, and laser tag + axe throwing. This thrilling trail is open every weekend in October. Tickets will be released soon. 👻
1.3 million.That’s how manyalligators are estimated to live in Florida. Alligator hunting seasonbegins in a matter of weeks, running statewide from Mon., Aug. 15 to Tues., Nov. 1. Hunters looking for a chance to catch one can apply for a harvesting permit, granted through a lottery-selection process. (The Ledger)
RVR Horse Rescue, a nonprofit based in Plant City that offers rehabilitation for mistreated horses, was featured by The Ledger. The organization has helped rescue + rehome horses for over a decade and runs purely on donations. Looking to help? Saddle up and support the cause. 🐎 (The Ledger)
Got a sweet tooth? Mitchell’s Coffee House has baked up some massive chocolate chip cookies that look irresistible. Don’t just take our word for it — check it out and order one for yourself today from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Don’t just eat better — eat the best.Sunbasket’smeal kit service delivers delicious, healthy meals created by award-winning chefsstraight to your front door. Bonus: LALtoday readers can get $100 off their first four deliveriesand more when they sign up. 🍽️ *
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