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Maximum Pell Grant amount increases for 2019-2020

The maximum award for Federal Pell Grants has increased to $6,195 for the upcoming academic year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The new maximum award amount represents a slight increase from 2018-2019’s maximum of $6,095. Federal Pell Grants are a type of college financial aid awarded to students who have great financial need. Unlike…

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“SAIL to 60” Legislation Prioritizes Degrees, Training in Florida

Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 7071 (HB 7071), a workforce education package created to strengthen the state’s talent pool. The legislation establishes the “SAIL to 60” Initiative, which aims to increase the percentage of working-age Floridians with a high-value postsecondary certificate, degree or training experience to 60% by 2030. Tampa Bay’s current…

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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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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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Indicators of High School Success in Pinellas County Event

The LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network was pleased to explore indicators of high school success in Pinellas County at an interactive “data walk.” We focused on the college and career readiness of our students as they move toward high school graduation – an important juncture at the front end of our region’s talent pipeline.…

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