St. Pete’s Promise, the City of St. Petersburg’s new partnership with Pinellas County Schools and the Pinellas Education Foundation, landed a $14,500 boost this week to spend on growing digital technology programs at Gibbs and Dixie Hollins high schools.
The money was donated by WOW!, an Internet, cable and phone provider, and will be split evenly, with each school getting $7,250. At Dixie Hollins, the donation will help establish the new Dixie, Inc. marketing program in the school’s Graphic Arts Academy. In the new program, students will create a print and digital magazine complete with a marketing team that sends students into the community to work on various projects. The students will also create an oral history project that chronicles stories about St. Petersburg’s past.
At Gibbs, the money will purchase new, professional equipment for the digital technology program. The program allows students to achieve professional certifications in Adobe Premier Pro and Adobe Photoshop.
Both programs are designed to give students real-world hands-on training that can be used to land a career after high school.
St. Pete’s Promise launched in August and aims to not only establish more business partnerships and grants for the school system but also recruit and train mentors, fund college scholarships for low-income students and advocate for more legislative and community support for schools.