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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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Dr. Tonjua Williams

LEAP in the News: SPC president shares plan for workforce development, education

Image credit: St. Pete Catalyst Dr. Tonjua Williams, president of St. Petersburg College and member of LEAP Tampa Bay’s vision council, recently shared her thoughts on improving workforce readiness in Tampa Bay. During the March Vinoy Business Alliance luncheon, Williams presented her plan to create an “integrated educational ecosystem” in Pinellas county, focused on connecting…

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Take the FAFSA Challenge

Public high schools around the Tampa Bay area are participating in a challenge to increase completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – hosting financial aid awareness events, working with students and parents one-on-one, and helping to identify students who need to correct errors on their form that could prevent them from…

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Volunteers at a LEAP 4 College center

LEAP 4 College Centers Provide College and Career Resources to Tampa Bay Students

Opening today at Largo High School and later this spring at Armwood High School in Seffner, LEAP 4 College Centers will offer personalized college and career planning assistance to students. Trained volunteers will help students identify career interests and navigate the options for education and training after high school. Students can get help with tasks…

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FAFSA Completion Scholarships Available to Pinellas, Hillsborough Students

Three Tampa Bay area colleges – the University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College – are offering multiple “FAFSA completion scholarships” for Hillsborough and Pinellas high school students who have submitted their 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The scholarships will be awarded through drawings held in April. To be…

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Key Findings of the Pinellas Indicators Report

LEAP Tampa Bay recently released new data that uncovers what the greatest factors are in regards to postsecondary access and attainment in Pinellas County. Kimberly Lent, senior research associate at Florida College Access Network, and Stacy Baier, president of the Pinellas Education Foundation, spoke with WUSF News about the report, the state of educational achievement…

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National Honors For Hillsborough Schools!

Hillsborough Public Schools get 2 national honors for equity and academics Students, parents, teachers and board members with Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) are celebrating some exciting back-to-back news, which shows students in the district are getting a top-notch education and outperforming their peers across the country. First, in a ceremony in Texas, Hillsborough County…

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Extra Yard for Teachers initiative

College Football Playoff Foundation donates $200,000 to LEAP and FUSE

College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers TAMPA, FL – The College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers initiative, which injected over $1,000,000 into the Tampa Bay education community during the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship, is excited to unveil a legacy investment of $200,000 geared towards supporting and strengthening the region’s…

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