Community partnerships spanning 16 counties adopt collective approach to boosting postsecondary access, attainment in their regions

Over the past several months, five local college access networks have formed across Florida. In total, they represent 16 counties and 38 percent of the state’s population. Local college access networks (LCANS) are community-based strategic alliances devoted to dramatically increasing college and career readiness, access and attainment, particularly for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Bolstered by a team of leaders representing K-12, higher education, business, philanthropy, local government, and nonprofits, LCANs commit themselves to lowering the barriers for students pursuing education and training beyond high school. Florida C.A.N.! applauds the early successes of these LCANs and looks forward to their future achievements.

Three Florida communities join Lumina Foundation’s community-based postsecondary education attainment strategy

Central Florida College Access Network, Northeast Florida College Access Network, and FutureMakers in Southwest Florida are among the 55 communities chosen to date by Lumina Foundation to join a national effort to increase the percentage of community residents holding high-quality degrees and certificates. The collaborative effort connects participating regions with significant technical and planning assistance, data tools, flexible funding, and the ability to customize attainment plans that will best suit their communities’ needs.Central Florida College Access Network is coordinated by the Heart of Florida United Way and serves the Orlando metro region comprised of Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. Northeast Florida College Access Network, coordinated by the Greater Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, encompasses the Jacksonville metro region including the counties of Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns. FutureMakers, coordinated by Southwest Florida Community Foundation, serves the counties of Lee, Hendry, Glades, Collier, and Charlotte in Southwest Florida. Both FutureMakers and Central Florida College Access Network were featured in the February 2014 edition of the Florida C.A.N.! newsletter.

Local college access networks launch in Hillsborough and Palm Beach counties

Over the past two months, leaders in Hillsborough and Palm Beach counties have sparked the development of local college access networks. Hillsborough College Access Network is spearheaded by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Palm Beach County College Access Network is coordinated by the Palm Beach County Education Commission. We will be reporting more on them in the coming months.“Leaders throughout our state recognize the urgency of increasing the number of Floridians holding quality postsecondary degrees and credentials in order to build their regions’ 21st century talent pools,” said Laurie Meggesin, Florida C.A.N.! executive director. “Florida C.A.N.! is grateful for their partnership as we work together to boost the number of working-age Floridians with postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025.”

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