Pinellas County Schools to offer dual enrollment with UF

Starting next year, students in Pinellas County Schools will have a new option for earning college credit while still in high school. Earlier this month, the Pinellas County School Board approved a dual enrollment agreement with the University of Florida that allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit by taking online classes…

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Free construction training courses available for Hillsborough women

Training starts July 9 at Hillsborough Community College SouthShore Campus. Applications must be completed by June 26. With ongoing construction labor shortages in Tampa Bay and across the state, job opportunities are abundant for workers with the right qualifications. A free local training program offered by the Helen Gordon Davis Center for Women, called Women…

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The Growing Gap: New NCAN Report Shows Continued Decrease in College Affordability

A new National College Access Network (NCAN) report shows that affordability is decreasing at two- and four-year public institutions across the U.S. According to “The Growing Gap: Public Higher Education’s Declining Affordability for Low-Income Students,” just 48% of community colleges were affordable for the average Pell Grant recipient in 2016-17, while only 27% of four-year…

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As Tampa Bay Students Head to College, Scholarships Await

More than $30,000 in FAFSA Completion Scholarships Awarded to Hillsborough, PInellas Students As students say goodbye to high school this week and the idea of being “done” begins to sink in, the excitement of what lies ahead will inevitably mix with the practical: “meeting” roommates online; buying sheets and a mini-fridge for a dorm room;…

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LEAP in the News: TBBJ Features LEAP Tampa Bay’s Work

With the support of our partner organizations, committed volunteers and generous donors, LEAP Tampa Bay is making strides to help people in our area get the education they need to succeed. The network’s efforts to enhance our community’s educational opportunities were featured in a recent Tampa Bay Business Journal article. Read it here : https://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2019/05/17/leap-tampa-bay-makes-strides-to-boost-an-educated.html.…

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Leaping to her Future: Taylor Aguilera

Today’s blog post comes from Taylor Aguilera, a tenacious first-generation college student and working mom of two. Taylor will graduate in December from Hillsborough Community College with her Associate of Science degree in Paralegal Studies. Our goal is to highlight other students, community volunteers, donors and higher education advocates in the future, in order to…

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Fuse scholarships make a difference for students

Donors, students, alumni, community partners and college leadership celebrated the awarding of over $1.8 million in scholarships during the 2018-19 academic year at the St. Petersburg College Foundation’s 20th Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on March 27. Ronelia Bailey, an SPC student and Fuse scholarship recipient, was a featured speaker at the luncheon. The Fuse degree…

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Complete Florida Helps Accelerate Degrees

Across the state, millions of Floridians have completed some college credits, but stopped short of earning a diploma. According to U.S. Census data, at least 250,000 adults in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties (age 25-64) have started a degree or high-quality credential but have not completed their post-secondary education – a significant portion of the available…

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