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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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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SPC Kresge grant

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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New scholarship program helps students go the ‘last mile’

For students who are only a few credits shy of earning a college degree, a new program in Florida could provide the motivation they need to finish what they started. The Last Mile Completion Program offers scholarship dollars for students who are within 12 credits of completing a degree. Last week, Governor DeSantis announced that…

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PATHe

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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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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