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By Staff | Sep 13, 2019

Second annual Taco Cook-Off competition Oct. 15 at Burroughs Home

Signature tacos and side dishes will be prepared by Lee County ProStart High School students in the second annual Taco Cook-Off competition, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Burroughs Home & Gardens, Fort Myers, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $30.

The competing high schools are East Lee County High School, Estero High School, Oasis High School, Island Coast High School, Lehigh Senior High School, Cape Coral Technical College and Fort Myers Technical College. The culinary arts students will prepare their entrees for both guests and judges. In addition to the creative food being prepared, there will be live music, raffles and silent auctions. Several awards will be given, including the overall winner.

The event is being sponsored by the Lee County ProStart High School Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in partnership with the Uncommon Friends Foundation. Proceeds from the event will go towards Lee County’s ProStart program, contributing to student scholarships, classroom supplies and equipment. FRLA is also partnering with Uncommon Friends to raise money for its scholarship program.

For more information on the Taco Cook-Off or to purchase tickets, contact FRLA Southwest Regional Director Lois Croft at 239-339-7692 or Lcroft@frla.org.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association, whose mission is to protect, educate, and promote Florida’s hospitality industry, which represents 1.4 million employees. Information about the association may be obtained by going to Lcroft@frla.org.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation, established in 1993, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders, as it inspires future leaders toward excellence of character, a spirit of innovation, and a sense of purpose. Additional information about the foundation may be obtained by calling 239-337-9503 or visiting uncommonfriends.org.

School District of Lee County’s 2019 College Night Tuesday

High school students interested in furthering their education after graduation can meet representatives from more than 100 colleges, universities and technical schools at the School District of Lee County’s 2019 College Night, Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 6-8 p.m., at Suncoast Credit Union Arena at Florida SouthWestern State College.

College Night is designed to give 11th and 12th grade students the chance to meet with a large number of schools at one time and determine which meet their needs and interests. Come prepared with questions and leave with information to help make the choice that is best for you.

Suncoast Credit Union will help to defer the cost of the event with a generous grant.

Among the schools already confirmed to attend:

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Berry College, Cape Coral Technical College, Cozmo Beauty School, Eckerd College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Uni-versity, Flagler College, Florida Academy, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida International Univer-sity, Florida Memorial University, Florida Polytechnic University, Florida Southern College, Florida SouthWestern State College, Florida State University, Fort Myers Technical College, Furman Univer-sity, Harriet L. Wilkes Honor College-Florida Atlantic University, Hope College, Immokalee Technical College, Johnson & Wales University, Keiser University, Lawrence University, LIM College, Lynn University, Marymount University, Mercer University, Michigan State University, Missouri S & T, New York Film Academy, Oglethorpe University, Paul Mitchell The School-Fort Myers, Premiere International College, Purdue University, Rasmussen College, Ringling College of Art & De-sign, Rollins College, Saint Leo Univer-sity, Seton Hall University, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Southern Technical College, Stetson University, The Baptist College of Florida, The Salon Professional Academy, United States Coast Guard Academy, United States Naval Academy, Universal Technical In-stitute, University of Alabama, University of Central Florida, University of Chicago, University of Connecticut, University of Florida, University of Florida – Gator Engineering at State College of Florida, University of Lynchburg, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Mississippi, University of New Haven, University of North Florida, University of Northwestern Ohio, University of Notre Dame, University of South Florida, Uni-versity of Tampa, Valdosta State Univer-sity, Valparaiso University, Warner Uni-versity and Webber International Univer-sity.

Florida SouthWestern is at 13351 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers.

FSW professor selected Top Professor of the Year in Health Information Technology

Florida SouthWestern State College Health Information Technology Professor Elizabeth Whitmer has been named as Top Professor of the Year in Health Informa-tion Technology by the International Association of Top Professionals.

Whitmer was selected for the award for her contributions to students and professionals in the Health Information Technology field. She created “ROAR: Root Operation App Rescue,” a smartphone app for medical coding students, and patented the My Healthcare Coder keyboard, a specially-designed, user-friendly keyboard that includes only the 45 keys that healthcare coders use to convert clinical documentation.

“Accurate documentation can lead to better, more effective patient care,” Whitmer said. “Documentation in the patient’s record is integral to accurate coding. An error in the coding can result in the claim being denied and lost revenue. These tools can help provide more detailed information to other health care providers performing subsequent care or services on patients.”

The International Association of Top Professionals is an international boutique networking organization that handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries. These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields.

Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees and professional certifications, several with 100 percent licensure pass and job placements rates. Study and travel abroad opportunities are available for students through FSW’s Center for Inter-national Education.

Visit www.FSW.edu for information.