To get students college and career-ready, Florida leaders have begun pooling their efforts under a common agenda, coordinating the actions of business, education and civic groups.


Tampa, FL — Led by various institutions and driven by clear and compelling data that calls for community action to impact students for postsecondary success, local collaboratives focused on improving education attainment have begun emerging across Florida. At the 2013 Florida College Access and Success Summit in Tampa on June 14, 2013, a distinguished group of panelists will share their community’s story behind this trend and provide insight on opportunities for building  and sustaining local college access and success networks. The session takes place from 11:30am to 12:45pm.

The late morning panel titled, “In the Spirit of Partnership: The Story Behind Emerging Networks In Florida” will feature Lisa Early, Families, Parks and Recreation director for the City of Orlando who oversees the Parramore Kidz Zone, a comprehensive span of education, social service and community-building programs in a low-income neighborhood; Sarah Owen, president of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, sharing her experience with FutureMakers, a data-driven regional project that identifies stakeholders to figure out the best practices for increasing the number of students going on to post-secondary programs; Lenore Rodicio, vice provost for student achievement at Miami Dade College, who brings her experience collaborating with outside partner organizations to boost college preparation, access, and completion rates in Miami; and from Michigan, Brandy Johnson who as head of the Michigan College Access Network, has overseen the robust expansion of over 50 local college access networks.

The Florida College Access and Success Summit takes place on Friday, June 14 from 7:15am to 2:30pm at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. It is open to leaders from all organizations and businesses interested in helping Florida increase the number of its residents who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025.  To register, click here or visit and click on the summit banner.

Florida College Access Network receives support from the Florida Department of Education, Helios Education Foundation, Lumina Foundation and the University of South Florida.

For more information, please call communications specialist Casey Sanchez at (813) 974-8606 or by e-mail at

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