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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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The Growing Gap: New NCAN Report Shows Continued Decrease in College Affordability

A new National College Access Network (NCAN) report shows that affordability is decreasing at two- and four-year public institutions across the U.S. According to “The Growing Gap: Public Higher Education’s Declining Affordability for Low-Income Students,” just 48% of community colleges were affordable for the average Pell Grant recipient in 2016-17, while only 27% of four-year…

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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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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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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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