Partners from Pinellas County today joined the newly reimagined LEAP College Access Network to form LEAP Tampa Bay. Education, business, civic and philanthropic leaders gathered in Tampa to celebrate the expanded network and affirm its goal to increase the number of working-age adults who have degrees or industry certifications. The network was previously known as the LEAP Hillsborough College Access Network.
Pinellas County government, the Pinellas Education Foundation, Pinellas County Schools, St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg bring the number of partners in LEAP to 17. The original 12 partners who formed the network in 2014 are Bank Of America, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, City of Tampa, Florida College Access Network, Hillsborough Community College, Helios Education Foundation, Hillsborough County Schools, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough Education Foundation, Pinellas County, Pinellas County Schools, Pinellas Education Foundation, St. Petersburg College, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Commission, and the University of South Florida.