Florida State Senator Jack Latvala and Greg Darnieder, Senior Advisor to the Secretary on the College Access Initiative at the US Department of Education, to offer an insiders’ look at new initiatives
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From Tallahassee to Washington DC, the past year has seen several new state and federal laws and policies that impact postsecondary access and success in Florida. At the Third Annual Florida College Access and Success Summit in Tampa, Florida State Senator Jack Latvala and White House College Access Advisor Greg Darnieder will examine the effect of these new policies during a luncheon keynote from 12:15pm to 1:45pm on October 16. Sponsored by Wells Fargo, the session will be moderated by Kasongo Butler, Vice Chancellor for Public Policy and External Affairs in the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Florida Colleges.
Florida State Senator Jack Latvala
Currently Chair of the Senate Ethics and Elections committee, Senator Latvala has sponsored over 125 bills that became state laws, one of the reasons he is consistently ranked among the state’s top 10 effective senators, according to an annual Miami Herald poll. Most recently, he played a pivotal role in maneuvering higher education bills that capped tuition increases, cut the cost of Florida Prepaid College Programs, and provided in-state tuition equity to Armed Forces veterans as well as to undocumented immigrants who complete high school in Florida. The recipient of nearly 100 honors for his legislative service, he has previously served as Senate Majority Leader as well as Senate Chair of Government Oversight, Banking and Insurance, and Natural Resources. The Wall Street Journal named him a rising star in Florida politics.
Greg Darnieder, Senior Advisor to the Secretary on the College Access Initiative at the US Department of Education
Since 2009, Greg Darnieder has served as a leading voice on the White House’s 2020 College Completion Goal, aimed at restoring America as the world’s leader in its proportion of college graduates. Among the initiative’s fruits are dozens of commitments by postsecondary institutions to strengthen college readiness, a College Scorecard that evaluates schools’ value and affordability and new policy tools to increase access to federal student aid. The Senior Advisor to the Secretary on the College Access Initiative, Darnieder brings two decades of college access experience to his office. In 2008 he was named Executive of the Year for the City of Chicago for his work as director of the Chicago Public Schools Department of College and Career Preparation. The National Office for School Counselor Advocacy honored him with its 2012 National Advocacy Award.
The Third Annual Florida College Access and Success Summit takes place on Thursday, October 16 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island, with a welcome reception the evening of October 15. It is open to professionals from all sectors interested in helping Florida increase the number of its residents who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025.