Pictured (from left to right): Scott Bass, Superintendent, Glades County School District; Sarah Owen, President and CEO, Southwest Florida Community Foundation; Marquese McFerguson, Doctoral Student, University of South Florida.

More than 100 attendees recently gathered at Six Bends Harley-Davidson in Fort Myers for the FutureMakers Coalition’s annual Champions Breakfast, part of a Southwest Florida partnership committed to transforming the regional economy by increasing post-secondary completion.

The goal of the FutureMakers Coalition is to transform the workforce by increasing the number of Southwest Florida residents with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 40 percent by the year 2025.

With the help of Lumina Foundation and its coaches, the Champions Team plays a pivotal role in the Coalition’s success. Team members include regional leaders from education, economic development, business and government who have the ability to create a stronger workforce and vibrant economy by improving cradle-to-career opportunities for students, offering job training and certifications, employee educational incentives and more.

“The Champions Team members are key leaders and influencers who, together, have the opportunity to help shift the culture and conversation in Southwest Florida,” said Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, the backbone organization for FutureMakers Coalition.

To learn more, see the full press release here.

Photo credit: Southwest Florida Community Foundation


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