Florida College Access Network Honors Three BCPS Staff In Second Annual Workforce Education Innovator Awards
Published Monday, June 1, 2020

Ensuring Broward County Public School (BCPS) students are prepared to succeed in life after high school is their mission, and now three outstanding staff members are recognized for going above and beyond with their efforts. The Florida College Access Network (FCAN) named Dr. Sherrie Poitier, Mitch Heater and Julia Kasper winners of the 2020 Innovator Awards for supporting students’ postsecondary plans through the organization’s College Ready Florida initiatives. These initiatives encourage schools and districts to help Florida students, traditionally underrepresented in higher education, continue their education beyond high school. 

Dr. Sherrie Poitier, School Counseling Director in the Department of Juvenile Justice Education Programs, is the winner of the College Ready Florida Innovator Award. College Ready Florida Innovator Award winners are nominated by their peers and selected through a competitive process. Dr. Poitier’s selection reflects her dedication to juvenile justice work, including her efforts to ensure the Last Chance College and Career Bound Summit is inclusive of all students as they explore multiple postsecondary pathways. 

Mitch Heater, Career Specialist/Job Recruiter in the Department of Juvenile Justice Education Programs, was honored with the Workforce Education Innovator Award, which recognizes community leaders who strive to prepare students of all ages for the education and careers that are right for them. Heater was nominated by his peers and selected for his passion for ensuring students in the juvenile justice system are exposed to college and career opportunities and for his efforts in mobilizing the community to support these students. 

Julia Kasper, Broward Advisors for Continuing Education at South Plantation High School, also received the Workforce Education Innovator Award. Kasper was recognized for creating partnerships with the Plantation Chamber of Commerce and Florida Apprenticeship Department to bring more job shadowing and apprenticeship opportunities to students.  She is also credited with introducing the first Emergency Medical Technician program into a traditional high school in Florida. 

FCAN's Workforce Education Innovators will be honored during an upcoming virtual celebration. Congratulations to all the winners.


ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - “Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”:  Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 270,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 89 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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