$1.5 Million Grant Allows the Florida College Access Network to Support Regional Networks

Posted on: January 16, 2014

Helios Education Foundation has announced a three-year, $1.5 million grant to the Florida College Access Network (Florida C.A.N.!), aimed at boosting the number of Floridians who hold a college degree or high-quality postsecondary credential. The funds will help Florida C.A.N.! support the development of local college access networks (“LCANs”) throughout the state that are comprised of regional leaders representing local governments, businesses, school districts, higher education institutions, nonprofit agencies and foundations working together to build a college-going culture in their communities.

Florida C.A.N.!’s Big Goal is for 60 percent of working-age Floridians to hold a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential by the year 2025. It works to achieve this goal through thought leadership on policies to increase college readiness, access and completion and by supporting collaborative initiatives to increase attainment rates at the local level. Florida C.A.N.! will utilize some of the Helios funds to provide grants to local college access networks working to achieve these goals.

“We are grateful to have Helios as a partner in this important work,” said Florida C.A.N.! executive director Laurie Meggesin. “Florida needs a well-educated workforce to compete in the 21st Century global economy, yet there is a significant gap between Floridians’ current education levels and employers’ workforce needs. A high school diploma is simply not enough today for many Floridians to qualify for well-paying jobs. Communities can work together to close the achievement gap and in the process, raise the quality of life for their residents as a whole. The Helios grant will go a long way in helping to support such efforts.”  

Paul Luna, president and CEO of Helios Education Foundation, said “It is critical that we continue to provide students with pathways to postsecondary success, and creating local college access networks helps to achieve that goal. Helios is pleased to support the work of Florida C.A.N.! whose leadership in this area will help to ensure more Florida students earn a postsecondary degree or credential.” 


Category: Postsecondary Completion

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