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Florida College Access Network invites you to nominate an innovator from your school, business, or community (including yourself!) who made impactful contributions and utilized innovative strategies to increase the effectiveness of the College Ready Florida initiatives and/or strengthen workforce education in the community.

Nominations are now open for the following categories:

  1. College Ready Florida Innovator
  2. Workforce Education Innovator

College Ready Florida Innovator

Are you, a colleague, or community organization going above and beyond to support students’ college dreams?  How has the nominee implemented any of the College Ready Florida initiatives: Apply Yourself Florida, Florida FAFSA Challenge, Florida College Decision Day, and Plan It Florida?  Have new strategies been exercised this past year to support students with the college-going process? Does the nominee offer unique incentives or leverage social media to motivate students?  Have partnerships been created with other organizations (schools, community organizations, non-profit agencies, local college access networks, higher education institutions, etc.)?  In adapting supports due to the pandemic, has the innovator discovered effective ways to support students that will further inform strategies?  Given the setbacks to traditional supports, how have students been staying on track with:

  • Applying to postsecondary education (CTE, college or university)
  • Completing the FAFSA
  • Building a plan for life after high school
  • Celebrating postsecondary plans

Workforce Education Innovator

Are you, a colleague, community leader, or business going above and beyond to help Floridian’s access workforce training and education to achieve a rewarding career?  How have new strategies been exercised to strengthen workforce education in your community or business this past year?  How are non-academic barriers being addressed so students can complete a credential?  In adapting approaches due to the pandemic, have effective ways of supporting students been discovered that will further inform strategies?

Show your appreciation for an innovator in your area who has risen above challenges to ensure Florida students achieve their academic goals!

Awardees will be honored at the 2022 Talent Strong Florida Summit Awards Luncheon on May 11, 2022 in Kissimmee, FL. Nominations are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 25, 2022.

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