Webinar Archives

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Scholarship Innovation: How Funders and Communities are Meeting the Needs of Today’s Students (February 22, 2018)

For many students, scholarships are an important piece of how they will pay for college. Yet there are challenges with traditional scholarship models.

CAN’s Kathy McDonald, assistant director of network partnerships, was recently joined by Helios Education Foundation’s Paul Perrault, PhD, vice president and director of research and evaluation, and Michelle Boehm, research and evaluation analyst, to explore how communities can rethink their scholarship models by leveraging what’s working in other regions during a webinar titled, “Scholarship Innovation: How Funders and Communities are Meeting the Needs of Today’s Students.”

Helios Education Foundation Beyond Traditional Scholarships
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Handout:  Financial Aid Lessons from the Field
Handout:  What is a Promise Scholarship

Lost in Translation: Helping Students Translate College Experience into Professional Skills Employers Value (February 13, 2018)

Each year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveys employers to determine the professional skills they most value. To help students translate their work into skills employers seek, the University of South Florida’s (USF) Career Services created an innovative badging program.

Join Kathy McDonald, FCAN’s assistant director of network partnerships, and USF’s Lynn Chisholm, director of internships and career readiness, to hear about how USF created the badging program, how students can earn badges, and how the program is helping students demonstrate sought-after skills to earn their first job out of college.

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USF Career Readiness Badging Program: Executive Summary
STAR story template
NACA Career Readiness Fact Sheet
Book Recommendation from guest speaker Lynn Chisholm — Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett

Good Jobs Require More Education (But Not Always a BA!) (January 11, 2018)

While labor economists predict that 60% of all jobs by 2025 will require a postsecondary credential, there is a common misconception that a bachelor’s degree is the only pathway to career success.  Join FCAN and Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce on a webinar to learn about the growth of good jobs that have gone to workers with associate’s degrees, postsecondary certificates or industry certifications.

Good jobs are those that pay at least $35,000 for workers under age 45 and $45,000 for workers age 45 and older.  While the number of good jobs has risen since 1991, they are increasingly going to workers with more than a high school diploma.  This research is part of a new report and project lead by the Center, which aims to highlight the workforce and economic opportunities that exist for workers with associate’s degrees and other high-quality credentials.

Join Neil Ridley, labor economist and director of state initiatives at Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce and Troy Miller, FCAN’s associate director for research and policy for a look at new data that shows where good jobs in Florida are today—and the credentials needed to prepare for those jobs.

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Busting the Affordability Barrier: What You Need to Know About This Year’s Florida FAFSA Challenge (December 12, 2017)

Through community-wide efforts, last year Florida increased FAFSA completion by 9.1% through March 2017, which brought an additional $37 million in Pell Grants to college freshmen statewide. This support is critical in helping students go to college.

Join Amy Bolick, FCAN’s Statewide Programs Coordinator, and Kimberly Lent, FCAN’s Senior Research Associate, for a discussion of 2017-18 FAFSA season updates. FCAN will share strategies for tracking and boosting FAFSA completion and will look at how to get the most out of the FAFSA Challenge data dashboard. Special guest Ralph Aiello — Director, School Counseling, Broward County Public Schools & BRACE (Broward Advisors for Continuing Education) — will share how Broward’s school district has initiated its own FAFSA Challenge.

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Connecting Education & Jobs in Florida webinar series (October 2016 – December 2016)

Over 60% of future jobs will require some form of postsecondary education or training, but what are the skills needed to fill this demand? What about the various credentials — including college degrees, postsecondary certificates, and industry certifications — that can ensure Florida’s workforce has the skills necessary to be prepared for such jobs?

Part 1: Understanding Credentials (October 12, 2016)

During Part I of this three-part webinar series, FCAN and Jeff Strohl, Director of Research with Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce discuss the variety of postsecondary credentials and why some are more valuable in our evolving economy. The webinar also covers the Center’s new estimates of Florida workers who hold a postsecondary certificate that appeared in Lumina’s Stronger Nation report.

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Part 2: Florida Workforce Trends and Demands (November 8, 2016)

Join FCAN for the second webinar in our series on Connecting Education and Jobs in Florida. This webinar features Adrienne Johnston, Bureau Chief of Labor Market Statistics with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research with the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation talking about Florida workforce trends and demands.

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Part 3: How Partnerships Can Boost Degrees in High-Demand Fields (December 6, 2016)

The third webinar in our series on Connecting Education and Jobs in Florida features Dr. Jan Ignash, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the State University System of Florida Board of Governors and Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida discussing the Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) Grant, an initiative funded by the Florida Legislature in 2013 to boost degrees in high-demand fields requiring bachelor’s degrees.

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Rising to the Challenge: Resources and Strategies to Boost FAFSA Completions in Florida (October 18, 2016)

This jam-packed webinar features some of the nation’s leading experts on FAFSA completion tools, information, resources and strategies. Speakers include:

  • Ben Castleman, Professor at the University of Virginia, and Don Yu, Director of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Better Make Room campaign, address evidence-based FAFSA completion strategies and the UP NEXT text messaging service available for college-going students.
  • Claire Fluker, Awareness and Outreach Specialist with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA), highlights changes to the 2017-18 FAFSA and the suite of resources made available through FSA.
  • Elizabeth Morgan, Director, External Relations with the National College Access Network, discusses the Form Your Future campaign and website geared toward increasing FAFSA completion.
  • Lori Auxier, Director of Outreach with the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance, covers some of the Florida strategies available for boosting FAFSA completion.
  • Troy Miller, FCAN’s Associate Director for Research and Policy, reveals state-level FAFSA completion data and details of the 2016-17 Florida FAFSA Challenge.

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On-Demand Webinar: College Ready Florida (September 21, 2016)

Figuring out how to support students through the college application and financial aid process can be challenging. Florida College Access Network (FCAN) coordinates two statewide initiatives during the fall that can help: Apply Yourself Florida and the Florida FAFSA Challenge.  Apply Yourself Florida is an effort to help every high school senior apply to at least one postsecondary institution. The Florida FAFSA Challenge is a campaign to boost the number of seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

FCAN is offering a free on-demand training webinar for school counselors, educators, and college access professionals interested in coordinating college application and FAFSA activities at their schools. You also have the opportunity to learn about Florida College Decision Day, an event held around May 1, to celebrate seniors for their postsecondary plans.

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Choosing the Right College with College Scorecard (April 12, 2016)

Searching for and selecting the right college can be a daunting task for many students and families, placing a premium on having easy access to clear and reliable data during the college-going process. Join Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) and Florida College Access Network (FCAN) for a webinar on the redesigned College Scorecard, a database that provides free, transparent, and nationally comparable data on thousands of colleges and career schools in the United States. This webinar includes a presentation from Michael Itzkowitz, Director of the College Scorecard at the U.S. Department of Education, who discusses ways to use this helpful resource.

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Introducing College Ready Florida! (March 29, 2016)

In partnership with schools, districts and community organizations, FCAN has piloted three programs that aim to boost college-going rates for high school seniors:

  • Apply Yourself Florida is part of the American College Application Campaign, a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential, by helping high school seniors navigate the complex college admissions process and ensuring they apply to at least one postsecondary institution (2-year or 4-year college, certificate program, or vocational school).
  • Florida FAFSA Challenge strives to boost the number of Florida seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by encouraging schools to set and reach bold but attainable FAFSA completion goals.
  • Florida College Decision Day recognizes and celebrates high school seniors for their postsecondary plans and encourages all students to prepare early for college. Held on or around May 1, it coincides with the date when seniors typically must inform colleges of their plans to enroll.

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FAFSA “Learn and Share” for School Counselors, Advisors, and Community Partners (February 10, 2016)

Did you know tens of thousands of Florida’s high school seniors fail to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), leaving behind over $100 million in Pell Grants each year?  Luckily, school counselors, advisors, mentors and other college access professionals across the state are using data, implementing strategies, and setting goals to boost the number of students completing the FAFSA. Join Florida College Access Network (FCAN) for this webinar to learn more about approaches being used in Florida and other parts of the country to help make college affordable for students.

One strategy you will hear about is student-level FAFSA completion data, which several school districts will be using for the first time this year. Lori Auxier, Director of Outreach Services at the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance, goes over the process for requesting such data from the state and how the data can be used at your local district and schools.

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Announcing the 2016 Florida FAFSA Challenge (December 9, 2015)

Florida College Access Network (FCAN) has issued a challenge to all schools and districts to increase FAFSA completion rates by 5% in 2016! FCAN’s research shows that our state’s high school graduates leave behind over $100 million in Pell Grants each year by not completing the form. Helping students complete the FAFSA is a crucial step toward ensuring that finances are not a barrier for academically prepared students looking to attend a college, university or technical school.

Join Troy Miller, FCAN’s Associate Director for Research and Policy, and a panel of experts for a discussion of what strategies and resources are available to help increase FAFSA completion rates in Florida.

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Supporting Florida’s Undocumented Students (November 19, 2015)

Florida College Access Network (FCAN) cordially invites you to attend a webinar covering the unique challenges facing Florida’s undocumented students, the resources available to them, and how college access practitioners, advisors, and educators can best support these students in their quest to achieve a postsecondary education. Join Troy Miller, FCAN’s Associate Director for Research and Policy, and the following experts to discuss how Florida can better recruit, receive, and retain Florida’s undocumented students in higher education:

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How Can We Help Students Make Better College Decisions? (October 15, 2015)

Florida College Access Network (FCAN) cordially invites you to attend a webinar highlighting New America’s College Decisions Survey, a recently-released series of briefs revealing what prospective college students know about the college search and financing process and how they decide where to go to college.

New America’s College Decisions Survey interviewed over 1,000 prospective and beginning college students, with findings featured in five briefs released during the summer and fall of 2015:

Part I: Deciding to Go to College
Part II: The Application Process
Part III: Familiarity with Financial Aid
Part IV: Understanding Student Loan Debt
Part V: Searching for the Right College

Join the report’s author, Rachel Fishman, Senior Policy Analyst at New America’s Education Policy program, and Troy Miller, FCAN’s Associate Director for Research and Policy, for a discussion on how the survey’s findings can help policymakers and college access advocates tailor their strategies for greater impact.

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Introducing FloridaShines (September 14, 2015)

Florida College Access Network (FCAN) cordially invites you to attend a webinar introducing FloridaShines, an online educational service of the Florida Virtual Campus. Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) has redesigned and rebranded its student-facing online services to better serve K-20 students. The newly launched FloridaShines website provides online access to educational services for high school and postsecondary students throughout the state including:

  • Planners, checklists, and an evaluation to see if you’re ready for college
  • A searchable database for researching degree programs at Florida colleges and universities
  • Career assessments and inventories for planning life after college

Join Nashla Dawarhe, Coordinator of Advising and Student Services at Florida Virtual Campus and Troy Miller, FCAN’s Assistant Director for Research and Policy to learn more about the new and improved educational resources for students, parents, counselors and college advisors.

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It’s FAFSA Season: Let the Funds Begin! (January 2015)

The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is available on January 1 for students who plan to attend college next fall. Unfortunately, thousands of Florida graduating high school seniors could qualify for free money for college but don’t because they fail to complete the form. FCAN’s research shows that our state’s high school graduates leave behind over $100 million in Pell Grants each year by not completing the form.

Join FCAN for this presentation featuring other FAFSA-related facts and figures that outline why FAFSA completion is important, how many students are Pell eligible, and much more



For media inquiries and more information about our work, contact FCAN’s communications manager:

John Ceballos
Communications Manager jceballos@floridacollegeaccess.org


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