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New Program Puts Students on the “PATHe” to Higher Education

A partnership between St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is helping Pinellas County residents learn more about their educational options after high school. The new initiative, called the Pinellas Access to Higher Education Program (PATHe), was formed in 2018 with support from the Florida Legislature to expand educational access and assist…

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SPC’s Free College Credit Program Helps Students Earn Degrees Faster

Cost is one of the biggest barriers facing students who want to attend college. While research has shown that college is a good investment in the long term, earning a degree has become increasingly unaffordable for many lower-income students. Financial aid available through the federal government or state and local institutions is an important resource…

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LEAP Tampa Bay represented on Tampa’s Workforce Development Committee

Workforce Development Advisory Committee members held their first meeting today. Image credit: @cityoftampa Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced her Workforce Development Advisory Team on July 24, the third of her five-part “Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow” transition advisory teams. The Workforce Development Advisory Team is co-chaired by Tim Marks, President and CEO of Metropolitan Ministries and Dr.…

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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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