Helios Education Foundation Makes $1.3 Million Gift for Pinellas College and Career Centers

The Helios Education Foundation announced today that it is investing $1.3 million dollars for the establishment of college and career centers throughout Pinellas County, in partnership with the Pinellas Education Foundation, Pinellas County Schools, LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network, and the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation. “Helios’ funding support is an investment in each student’s…

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Florida Teacher of the Year, King High School’s “Dr. Dre,” Featured in USF Magazine

2020 Florida Teacher of the Year and King High School music teacher, Dr. Dakeyan “Dre” Graham, has been featured in the Winter 2019 issue of USF Magazine. Graham, who has served as director of instrumental studies at King for the past 10 years, was named the state’s Teacher of the Year last summer, the second…

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Pinellas County Schools Boasts Top Graduation Rate Among Florida’s Largest School Districts

Pinellas County Schools is once again celebrating a record-high graduation rate for the 2018-2019 school year.  According to the official report just released by the Florida Department of Education, the Pinellas County Schools high school graduation rate rose to 88.44%, up 2.44 percentage points from last year’s record high, and more than 16.5 percentage points…

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LEAP Volunteer Named Lightning Community Hero

Anne Eason, Ph.D., a longtime LEAP Tampa Bay volunteer, was honored at last night’s Tampa Bay Lightning game as a Lightning Community Hero. The distinction comes with a $50,000 grant from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, which Anne will donate to LEAP Tampa Bay through the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.…

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Fewer Questions on the FAFSA, thanks to FUTURE Act

The notoriously complicated Free Application for Federal Student Aid will soon be getting a facelift, thanks to new legislation signed into law Thursday. The bipartisan FUTURE Act will cut the number of FAFSA questions by approximately 20% and will allow for better, more accurate data sharing between the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of…

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Historic FUTUREAct will Streamline FAFSA

Legislation that would simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is on the way to President Trump for signature, according to the National College Access Network. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the FUTURE Act (H.B. 5363), which if enacted would reduce the number of questions on the FAFSA by 20%. The…

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Fuse Scholarship Students More Likely to Stay on Path to Graduate

Above: Fuse scholarship recipient Lia Messina speaks at a Jan. 2019 event announcing the Fuse Scholarship Fund had reached $3 million. Promising early results for Fuse scholarship recipients show impact of financial aid on student success As a seamless transfer program between the University of South Florida and eight Florida state colleges, including Hillsborough Community…

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SPC joins community leaders to examine transportation barriers for students

Approximately 69 percent of St. Petersburg College’s (SPC) diverse student population of more than 47,000 students, ranging from 16 to 95 years old, have low to moderate income. Low- income students often face barriers to success, including transportation. The Kresge Foundation awarded SPC a $50,000 planning grant for Advancing Student Transportation Solutions to understand student…

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Florida edging toward 50% higher education attainment

Updated U.S. Census data shows that Florida’s higher education attainment rate continues outpace the national average. Florida is now ranked at #22 in the U.S. for completion of college degrees and workforce-related credentials, according to the Florida College Access Network. The latest data shows Florida’s higher education attainment rate increased to 49.6%, while nationally, the…

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