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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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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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New Report: Promoting Degree Attainment Among Former Foster Youth

Navigating the road to college can be challenging for any student. But young people in the foster care system experience unique circumstances that can make completing an education after high school even more difficult. While progress has been made at the federal and state level in helping with the transition from foster care to independence,…

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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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On the climb: Tampa Bay’s postsecondary attainment rate surpasses 51 percent

Tampa Bay’s postsecondary degree attainment rate continues to outpace Florida’s, according to new information released by the Florida College Access Network (FCAN). Including an estimated 8 percent of adults with a relevant workforce certificate, the Tampa Bay region’s overall postsecondary attainment rate – as of the end of the 2017 school year – stands at 51.3 percent.…

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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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