The Jerry Taylor & Nancy Bryant Foundation gifted $1.9 million to Broward College to support aviation and avionics education at the college’s Emil Buehler Aviation Institute.
The gift, intended to ignite student enthusiasm for the study of aviation and create a pathway to propel them to success, establishes the Taylor-Bryant Avionics Honors Scholarship, supports the expansion of a new hangar where an avionics line lab will be housed, and funds further development of a bachelor’s degree program in aerospace science and an associate degree in avionics.
When Kadeidra “KD” Bramwell’s father was deported to Jamaica, her family was turned upside down emotionally and financially. Her mother, a hard worker who held down minimum-wage jobs, supported KD, then age 5, and her two older siblings. Over time, tight finances choked the household, and KD’s family spiraled into homelessness. The family bounced from the homes of friends and family over the course of six years.
Corresponding to the moves from one home to another were moves from one school to the next, further adding to the family’s instability. This was particularly hard on KD because she was bullied at school. The other kids noticed her “lack of things,” as she put it – her old, worn-out clothes and shoes – and the bullies made her life painfully difficult.
The 38-year marriage of H. Collins Forman, Jr., and Jennifer Cargill Forman rests on their strong faith, love and respect for each other, and commitment to their family. The couple’s relationship started when they were students – undergrads at Broward College.
If it weren’t for Broward College, said Collins, “I would not have met this most wonderful young lady, Jennifer Cargill, who became my life partner and the mother of our children, who blesses me every day.”
If it weren’t for Broward College, added Jennifer, “We probably would not have met and had such wonderful children who bless our lives.”
Nursing had always been on Ashley Denhard’s radar, even when she pursued and earned a degree in communications in 2006. But she never really connected to that field and instead worked as a restaurant manager. Her desire to pursue a nursing career was sparked after she had her children.
Working toward a college degree can be stressful in the best of circumstances. Add in two small children, a tight budget and 50-hour work weeks, and the difficulty soars off the charts.
“I had to manage many obstacles while in the program,” Ashley said. “My husband is a firefighter/paramedic who worked two additional jobs to make ends meet since I couldn’t work, go to school full time, and care for our two young children … and keep my sanity.”
David Millar and his sister grew up in a single-parent household in Plantation. Although money was tight, higher education was always on his radar. His interest in engineering was sparked in high school, where he found success in engineering-related classes. Through South Plantation High School’s strong curriculum complemented by hands-on projects – from building toothpick roller-coasters to designing battle robots – David learned about every field of engineering.