February is Career and Technical Education Month

For many students, attending a four-year college is the natural next step following high school. But countless career opportunities exist outside of the traditional university pathway. Depending on the type of career a person is interested in pursuing, career and technical education (CTE) programs, like those offered through a state college or career/technical institution, may…

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Fuse scholarship fund hits $3 million mark

A major milestone has been reached in helping local students attain a bachelor’s degree. Almost a year ahead of schedule, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and LEAP Tampa Bay’s partners have successfully met a challenge from the Helios Education Foundation to raise $500,000 for the Fuse Scholarship Fund. With the challenge met, Helios is…

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FAFSA Completion Scholarships Available to Pinellas, Hillsborough Students

Three Tampa Bay area colleges – the University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College – are offering multiple “FAFSA completion scholarships” for Hillsborough and Pinellas high school students who have submitted their 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The scholarships will be awarded through drawings held in April. To be…

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LEAP in the News: Beyond Just Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment allows students to complete college credit courses while still in high school – speeding up the time it takes to finish a degree and ultimately cutting down on the cost of going to college. Increasingly, however, colleges are realizing that students’ attitudes and expectations about college can be shaped prior to high school.…

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Hillsborough Community College Receives Grant to Advance Racial Justice and Equity

Hillsborough Community College has been awarded a one-time grant from the Lumina Foundation, which will be used to bolster existing racial justice programming at the college. HCC is one of 19 colleges and universities that have demonstrated “significant work to advance equity on campus and in the broader community” and will receive individual grants worth $25,000…

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Key Findings of the Pinellas Indicators Report

LEAP Tampa Bay recently released new data that uncovers what the greatest factors are in regards to postsecondary access and attainment in Pinellas County. Kimberly Lent, senior research associate at Florida College Access Network, and Stacy Baier, president of the Pinellas Education Foundation, spoke with WUSF News about the report, the state of educational achievement…

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National Honors For Hillsborough Schools!

Hillsborough Public Schools get 2 national honors for equity and academics Students, parents, teachers and board members with Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) are celebrating some exciting back-to-back news, which shows students in the district are getting a top-notch education and outperforming their peers across the country. First, in a ceremony in Texas, Hillsborough County…

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