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 untapped potential. We are proud to provide this support to ensure students, particularly under-resourced students, are encouraged to explore education beyond high school ― an education that leads to prosperity for them as individuals and the community as a whole” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation.
At the centers, students can get assistance with career planning and navigating their options for education and training after high school – including selecting a school, applying for financial aid or scholarships and completing applications and essays.
The first Pinellas College and Career Center was opened at Largo High School in early 2019 as a pilot program financially supported by a grant from the Florida College System Foundation. Four additional centers have since opened in Pinellas at Boca Ciega High School, Gibbs High School, Pinellas Park High School and Clearwater High School. Pinellas County Schools plans to open centers in all of its high schools, helping countless students make a plan for life after high school.