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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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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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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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