About the LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network 

LEAP Tampa Bay is a network of community partners from education, non-profit, business and government organizations across Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties helping traditional and non-traditional students complete a degree or workforce credential.

LEAP Tampa Bay’s leadership guides coordinated strategies by partners, all geared at increasing attainment of high-quality college degrees and credentials. Its overall vision aligns with the national GOAL 2025 movement, which seeks to have 60% of working-age adults (age 25-64) holding such credentials and degrees by 2025.


Helping people get the education they want and the community get the talent it needs by:

  • Increasing opportunities for education and training through easier access to grants, scholarships and tuition reimbursement.
  • Building stronger business and education partnerships to develop more local talent for local jobs.
  • Supporting clear pathways and shorter, less costly time to completion of certificates and degrees or achieve the network’s long-range goal, LEAP works not only increase the number of people starting or re-starting their post-high school education & training but also implementing strategies to improve their opportunities to succeed.  Our network partners select their key leaders to work together in a variety of ways, leveraging each of their strengths in order to achieve their collective LEAP Tampa Bay vision

LEAP Strategies


The program at the University of South Florida, Hillsborough Community College, St. Petersburg College, and other state colleges provides students a clear path and a smooth, guaranteed transition from one institution to the next.

FAFSA Completion

Improving FAFSA completion is critical to improving the number of eligible students participating in financial aid system and as a result, improve the number of students enrolled in college.

Asset Mapping

Identifying organizations, businesses or individuals with resources that can benefit those seeking to complete college credentials will help remove barriers to student success and illuminate gaps in available services so that those gaps may be filled.

Strategic Communications

Strategic Communications spreads the word about LEAP, particularly the benefits of pursuing a high-quality college degree or credential.

Data Evaluation

LEAP’s Data Work Group, staffed by institutional partners, will benchmark data points to measure current performance and help determine future action.