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

Florida College Access Network once again 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?  Please share with us how the nominee has implemented any of FCAN’s 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.)? 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 Floridians access workforce training and education to achieve a rewarding career?  How have new strategies been implemented 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?  Have effective ways of supporting students been discovered that will further inform strategies?

Awardees will be honored at the 2023 Talent Strong Florida Summit Awards Luncheon on April 28 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Registration for the 2023 summit is slated to open in early February.

Nominations are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 3, 2023. For questions, please contact Adriana Pavicic at

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