Florida has a huge pool of untapped talent and potential. Young students. These are individuals on the verge of finishing high school who often need assistance taking that next step, which ultimately helps prepare them for a career and lifelong stability.

Understanding the tremendous possibilities, the right education can give someone, the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) strives to give Floridians an education that goes beyond high school. This not only means targeting learners who’ve recently left high school, but also providing support for adult learners wishing to extend their education.

Working with student-centered organizations, educators, philanthropic groups, government officials, business leaders, and community partners, FCAN is the heart of movement that grew degree attainment 4.5% from 2012 to 2019.

Through evidence-based programs, FCAN and its partners give individuals a reason to go to college. Some are the first members of their family to attend an institution of higher learning. Others come from low-income backgrounds and never thought college was possible. From students of color to adult learners and more, FCAN helps make the path clear.

This spring marks 10 years of FCAN’s statewide impact on students and continuing education!

Join in and provide support

To drive home these important initiatives, and bring even more groups together, FCAN is hosting the Talent Strong Florida Summit, May 10-11, 2022 Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This event brings together researchers, policymakers, educators, and administrators from across Florida. They’ll have the opportunity to collaborate in real time with others committed to supporting learners as they work to reach their higher educational goals.

By the end of the event, attendees will have explored new strategies, ideas, and solutions whose implementation can help Floridians attain higher education goals that can pave the way to more successful career options.

Conversations will kick off with the help of an impressive set of keynote speakers including NYT bestselling author, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, whose first book, Three Little Words has become an international bestseller. Closing out our awards luncheon is keynote speaker, St. Petersburg College President, Dr. Tonjua Williams. Winter of the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence award, Dr. Williams has served in a number of leadership roles, focused on student success, both within the college and the community.

Amazing supporters and passionate speakers help FCAN maintain its mission of making higher education accessible for all, but community support is also essential. For those who’d like to get a little more involved during the summit, please consider becoming a sponsor, contact effie@floridacollegeaccess.com. We also welcome you to join the conversation by registering to attend the summit.

For anyone who’d like to support FCAN right now, please consider making a donation.

We’re so thankful we get to do this amazing work and appreciate your support!


Registration is now open for the 2022 Talent Strong Florida Summit: Better Together

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