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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 workforce for the Tampa Bay area. 

Complete Florida was created by the Florida Legislature in 2013 to help these “near-completers” finish their education. The free service offers personalized degree planning to help individuals earn a certificate or degree in partnership with a number of colleges and universities across the state.

Offering accelerated degree programs is one way Complete Florida works to alleviate the roadblocks that adult learners may encounter, like paying for tuition or finding the time to devote to school because of work or family commitments. Amongst the many ways Complete Florida “fast forwards” degree completion, are what are called Prior Learning Assessments. Prior Learning Assessments are tests that allow an individual to demonstrate what they have previously learned to determine if it matches with the degree coursework. Individuals can potentially test out of certain courses – shortening the time it takes to finish the degree and making the degree less expensive to earn.

A recent Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) article recognized Complete Florida for its work to expand this program across the state. Read the full article here>>

In addition to the assistance provided by Complete Florida, many other resources are available to help adult learners with college and career planning. It’s never too late to earn your degree. Get started today>>

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