Who We Are

Florida College Access Network (FCAN) is Florida’s first collaborative network committed to ensuring all Floridians have the opportunity to achieve an education beyond high school and prosper in Florida’s dynamic economy.  Our mission is to create and sustain a statewide network that catalyzes and supports communities to increase college and career preparation, access, and completion for all Florida students. Our vision for Florida is Goal 2025: For 60% of working-age Floridians to hold a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential by the year 2025. 

FCAN’s guiding values are the foundation of our work:

  • College is postsecondary education. FCAN uses the term “college” to refer to the attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials beyond high school, including technical certificates and academic degrees.
  • College readiness is career readiness. All Florida students deserve to receive a high-quality PreK-12 education, which prepares them academically for success in college or a career.
  • College is for everyone. All Florida students deserve the opportunity to pursue a high-quality postsecondary education that prepares them to effectively participate in the 21st century knowledge-based global economy. 
  • College is a public good. Postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment are critical to a just and equitable society, strong democracy, robust economy, and healthy communities. 
  • Reaching Goal 2025 will require collective action. Accelerating high-quality degree production in Florida to meet Goal 2025 requires strategic partnerships and active involvement from all sectors.

Launched in 2012, FCAN is built on the foundation of ENLACE Florida, a statewide network of higher education institutions devoted to improving college access and success for Latino students. Over time, ENLACE expanded to serve all limited-income, first-generation, and under-represented students. With a grant from the Helios Education Foundation, ENLACE undertook a comprehensive process to determine its future. As a result, FCAN was born.

Today, Florida College Access Network is an independent, statewide organization hosted by the University of South Florida System. FCAN is funded by grants, corporate sponsorships, and donations from our supporters. Visit our DONATE  page to learn how you can support our work. Learn more about what we do, the FCAN team and our advisory council on the following pages.

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