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  • 02/28/2017 10:33 PM
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  • 02/23/2017 10:08 PM
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    United Way report: Nearly a third of Florida households are working poor struggling to meet basic ...


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  • 02/19/2017 8:32 AM
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    Florida C.A.N.! Newsletter, February 2017


    In this issue...

    FAFSA completion rates in Florida up 3.4 percent

    Florida CAN presents to Florida House subcommittee

    Achieve Palm Beach County announces official launch

    Florida high school graduation rate climbs for 10th straight year

    Florida CAN reports gains during College Application Week

    Meet Florida CAN's newest team member

    Earn Up featured in IHEP guidebook

    City of Miami, Take Stock in Children launch mentoring partnership

    Osceola leaders highlight Got College? Got Career? initiatives

    FAFSA completion rates in Southwest Florida on the rise

    Florida Jobs 2030 highlights importance of educational attainment

    Report highlights attainment among men of color

    NCAN, Florida CAN in D.C. to #FixFAFSA

    Deadline approaching for DREAMers scholarship application

    Nationwide grant opportunities

    FPN and CFEF to host virtual forum on 2017 Legislative Session

    February is Career and Technical Education Month

    Florida CAN on social media

    Recent Reports, Research & Data

    Florida CAN in the News

    Job Postings

    Upcoming Events



    Florida FAFSA completions on the rise

    Almost 200 schools have already increased rates by at least 5% compared to last school year


    The Florida FAFSA Challenge is in full swing, and we have great news to share!

    Completion rates for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in Florida are up 3.4 percent compared to last year, according to the latest data on Florida CAN’s new and improved FAFSA Finish Line dashboard

    With a month and a half to go, there is still time to reach the Florida FAFSA Challenge goal of improving FAFSA completion rates by 5% compared to April 2016. 

    To see which schools and districts are currently leading this year’s Florida FAFSA Challenge, including the schools with the highest and most improved rates, click here to see the Florida FAFSA Challenge leaderboard.

    The leaderboard reflects FAFSAs completed as of February 3. So far this school year, almost 200 schools and 16 districts have already exceeded the 5%. Last year, a total of 50 schools and districts made this goal.

    To learn more about the Florida FAFSA Challenge — along with how your school can participate and possibly earn a trophy — visit our Florida Initiatives page, which offers access to our FAFSA toolkit, resources, and much more.


    Florida CAN and LCAN partners present to Florida House subcommittee


    Representatives from the Florida College Access Network (Florida CAN), assisted by LCAN partners across the state, joined forces for a presentation before the Florida House of Representatives’ Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee last month.

    The goal of the presentation was to highlight the importance of boosting post-secondary attainment within the state and the important role of local college access networks in increasing college access and success.

    “A high school diploma by itself is no longer a ticket to the middle class as it was for previous generations,” said Laurie Meggesin, Florida CAN’s executive director. “Increasing postsecondary attainment is absolutely essential for our continued economic growth here in Florida. It is also our best opportunity to build a path to prosperity for all of our students and families.”

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  • 01/19/2017 8:21 PM
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    Good afternoon,

    Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is suing the nation's largest servicer of both federal and private student loans for systematically and illegally failing borrowers at every stage of repayment. For years, Navient, formerly part of Sallie Mae, created obstacles to repayment by providing bad information, processing payments incorrectly, and failing to act when borrowers complained. Through shortcuts and deception, the company also illegally cheated many struggling borrowers out of their rights to lower payments, which caused them to pay much more than they had to for their loans. The Bureau seeks to recover significant relief for borrowers harmed by these illegal servicing failures.

    Click here to learn more about the complaint:

    In today’s action, the Bureau alleges that Navient has failed to provide the most basic functions of adequate student loan servicing at every stage of repayment for both private and federal loans. Specifically, among the allegations in today’s lawsuit, the Bureau charges that Navient’s practices harmed the credit of disabled borrowers and have prevented some of the most financially vulnerable borrowers from securing some or all of the benefits of plans that were intended to ease the burden of unaffordable student debt. 

    Thank you,

    Vanessa Krueger
    Office of Financial Empowerment
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    Sign up to receive regular updates from the Office of Financial Empowerment and learn more about our work at www.consumerfinance.gov/empowerment/.

    About the CFPB

    The CFPB is a 21st century agency that helps consumer finance markets work by making rules more effective, by consistently and fairly enforcing those rules, and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives.

    Learn more at consumerfinance.gov

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  • 12/16/2016 1:13 PM
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  • 12/16/2016 1:12 PM
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    Purpose of the Program Kathleen Elementary students in 4th and 5th grade began a “College Lunch Club.” The new program is designed to...

  • 12/06/2016 8:22 PM
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    Press Contact:
    Ashley J. Martinez, 813-974-8606

    Helios Education Foundation Awards $2 Million Grant to Florida College Access Network

    Four-year investment will support growth of college access movement across Florida
    Tampa, FL -- Helios Education Foundation today announced a four-year, $2 million grant to Florida College Access Network.  The grant will provide support for Florida CAN’s work, outlined in our new strategic plan, in the areas of research and knowledge development, communications and public will-building, statewide programmatic initiatives, and supporting the development of local college access networks (LCANS).  LCANs are regional coalitions of leaders, organizations and stakeholders representing K-12, higher education, nonprofits, philanthropy, business, and local government that collectively commit to ensuring that all Floridians have the opportunity to achieve a postsecondary education.  Such coalitions currently represent 23 counties and about half of Florida’s population.

    “Helios’ partnership has been instrumental since Florida CAN launched our first strategic plan in 2013, and we are especially grateful for Helios’ ongoing support as we embark on this next phase of our work,” said Laurie Meggesin, Florida CAN’s executive director.  “Like Helios, Florida CAN and our partners are committed to overcoming systemic barriers to equity, access and success for Florida students. Research demonstrates that increasing opportunities to achieve a postsecondary education will help deepen our state’s talent pool, strengthen our economy, and improve the lives of students, families and communities throughout our great state.  We are deeply thankful for Helios’ leadership and commitment to Florida’s college access movement.”

    About Florida College Access Network
    The mission of the Florida College Access Network is to create and strengthen a statewide network that catalyzes and supports communities to improve college & career preparation, access, and completion for all students. Our Big Goal is to increase the percentage of Florida residents who hold a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential to 60% by the year 2025. For more information, visit www.floridacollegeaccess.org.
  • 11/22/2016 11:51 AM
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    Schnur (Administrator)

    Florida C.A.N.! Webinar Invite

    Webinar to highlight Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) Grant Initiative


    Register now for webinar on 12/6 at 2pm

    The third webinar in our series on Connecting Education and Jobs in Florida features Dr. Jan Ignash, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the State University System of Florida Board of Governors and Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida for a discussion on the Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) Grant, an initiative funded by the Florida Legislature in 2013 to boost degrees in high-demand fields requiring bachelor’s degrees.

    The TEAm Grant initiative began with a thorough analysis of available college and workforce data to determine which high-demand jobs were projected to have unfilled openings.  With $15 million from the legislature, four college and university partnerships were funded as part of a competitive application process to boost degree production in computer science and information technology, accounting and financial services and middle school teachers.  During the webinar, we will highlight the process for implementing the grant, including outcomes, successes and lessons learned from the project.

    This is the third in our on-going Connecting Education and Jobs in Florida webinar series to help education and community stakeholders learn about future workforce trends, the supply and demand of different postsecondary credentials and resources that can help students connect to high-skilled, high-paying jobs.

    Didn’t catch the first two webinars?  Not to worry!  Find the webinar slides and recordings in our webinar archive for on-demand viewing.  These webinars feature presentations from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Florida Chamber Foundation.

    Event Details: 
    Webinar: How partnerships can boost degrees in high-demand fields
    Date and Time: Tuesday, December 6th from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
    Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8899776247810839297

    This webinar is made possible thanks to generous support of the Helios Education Foundation.


    Copyright © 2016 Florida College Access Network, All rights reserved.
    In the past, you provided Florida C.A.N.! your e-mail address to keep up-to-date with latest developments in Florida higher education access.

    Our mailing address is:

    Florida College Access Network

    4202 E Fowler Ave, ALN 190

    Tampa, FL 33620

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  • 11/17/2016 1:05 PM
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    Schnur (Administrator)



    Florida International University...
    Ensuring Florida Students Make Smart Financial Decisions


    The most recent Florida Chamber Insider newsletter highlighted Florida Chamber member Florida International University (FIU) for their SunTrust FIU Wellness Clinic which will serve as a solutions center focused on providing financial education and resources to engage the community.


    "Ensuring Florida students have the proper resources and tools to make smart financial decisions
    is an important step in creating a successful workforce in our state." 


    Click here to read the full release.


    Get Involved:

    Join the Florida Chamber of Commerce at our 2017 Insurance Summit, February 1 - 3, 2016, in Miami.



  • 10/27/2016 6:57 PM
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    Schnur (Administrator)



    FloridaShines Virtual College Night: November 16, 2016


    FloridaShines is proud to host its first live Virtual College Night Wednesday, November 16 beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET, with follow up seminars Thursday, November 17 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. ET


    School counselors, students and parents are invited to participate in the two-day event which offers six one-hour sessions covering a range of issues, from college admissions to financial aid to career planning. Representatives from the Florida College System, State University System, Florida Department of Education’s Division of Career and Adult Education and others will participate. 


    Wednesday, November 16 

    5:00 - 6:00 pm: Techniques, Tips and Tools for School Counselors

    Get the latest information from the State University System, Florida College System and the state's Career and Technical Education programs. Learn about counseling tools and resources available from the Florida Department of Education.


    6:30 - 7:30 pm: College 101 for High School Students

    Give your students insight on the admissions process; explain how to earn college credit while still in high school, and what resources are available to help them succeed in college. 


    8:00 - 9:00 pm: College Survival Guide for Parents

    Help parents and students understand how to pay for college without breaking the bank and how to help successfully transition to college. 


    Thursday, November 17

    3:00 - 3:30 pm: MyCareerShines: Plan Your Future Today

    Get an overview of MyCareerShines, Florida's comprehensive education and career planning system


    4:00 - 5:00 pm: FAFSA: Your Gateway to Financial Aid

    Learn the secret to filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required for most financial aid.


    5:30 - 6:00 pm: Back-to-School Basics for Adults

    Find out how easy it is to go back to school with Complete Florida, which offers more than 100 online degree programs and coaches to provide you with personalized support from admission to graduation.


    Registration: https://www.floridashines.org/join-florida-virtual-college-night

    For questions related to this event, email collegenight@flvc.org.


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