From left, Mary Chance and Tracy Burger

“Often in those smaller communities, people are so connected that we really have a chance to bring them together to help kids navigate (college and career) pathways more fully.”

Rural communities have some of the lowest postsecondary attainment rates in Florida. They also generally lack resources to promote education beyond high school and raise awareness of the state’s education and career pathways landscape. Last year, four local education foundations serving rural districts (fewer than 7,000 students) embarked on a journey to develop college- and career-going cultures in their communities with support from peer foundations with established and successful programs.

During the 2022 Talent Strong Florida Summit, a pair of presenters from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations will share some findings from that journey: Mary Chance, President, and Tracy Burger, Director of Member Development, will lead a session titled, “Building College & Career Cultures in Rural Florida.”

In the latest episode of FCAN’s Summit Speaker Series podcast, Mary and Tracy talk about the ways education foundations support the communities they serve and why collaboration is key to supporting student success. Listen to the episode now!

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