The 3rd Annual Florida College Access and Success Summit is right around the corner!  Come join us and other Florida leaders, educators and practitioners representing K-12, higher education, nonprofits, philanthropy, business, and government from across the state who are working to dramatically increase college access and success for all students.

The theme for this year’s summit, The New Normal: Partnering for College Success, recognizes an important trend – communities throughout Florida coming together to increase educational attainment through data-driven, dynamic networks and partnerships equipped to tackle the multidimensional challenges that Florida students face.  During the day-long event, those in attendance will hear from experts addressing these challenges as well as many other issues critical to moving the needle on degree attainment.

Summit speakers and moderators include (in alphabetical order):

Kasongo Butler, Vice Chancellor for Public Policy and External Affairs, Florida Department of Education, Division of Florida Colleges

Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Mary Chance, President, Consortium of Florida Education Foundations

Greg Darnieder, Senior Advisor to Secretary of Education on College Access, U.S. Department of Education

Dr. James Dewey, Director of Economic Analysis, Florida Polytechnic University

Niurka Ferrer, Director, Transitions Planning, Valencia College

Wilhemina Ford, Executive Director YMCA Teen Achievers, YMCA of Central Florida

Alayna Herr, Community Manager,

Dr. Jan Ignash, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, State University System of Florida

Ray Larsen, Vice President for Collective Impact, Heart of Florida United Way

Sen. John Legg, Florida Senate and Chair, Senate Education Committee

Denise Lawson, Senior Associate, College Measures

Paul J. Luna, President & CEO, Helios Education Foundation

Araseli Martinez-Peña, District Bilingual School Counselor, Hillsborough County Public Schools

Laurie Meggesin, Executive Director, Florida College Access Network

Dr. Scott Parke, Vice Chancellor for Research, Florida Department of Education, Division of Florida Colleges

T. Nicole Washington, State Policy Consultant, Lumina Foundation

Duane Whitfield, Government Analyst, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Rosa Zamora, Partnership Director,

…as well as a special student panel to address some of the obstacles facing college students today!

There’s still time to register, so visit the summit registration to join us in Tampa on October 16th with a welcome reception the night before.   Follow Florida CAN at @GOAL2025Florida or hashtag #FCAN2014 for summit updates.  We hope to see you next week!

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