Florida College Access Network Celebrates 10 Years of Impact

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Helios’s strategic partner, the Florida College Access Network (FCAN), reached an organizational milestone - 10 years of championing higher education attainment in Florida.

Housed at the University of South Florida, FCAN was built on the foundation of ENLACE Florida, a statewide network of higher education institutions devoted to improving college access and success for minorities and other students underrepresented in higher education.  

Dr. Paul Dosal was ENLACE Florida’s first director, and the organization evolved and officially became the Florida College Access Network in 2012 under the leadership of Braulio Colón. That same year, in partnership with Helios, FCAN engaged in a strategic planning process which engaged leaders across the state and identified community-based growth opportunities that led to the development of local college access networks, a concept expanded by FCAN’s second director, Laurie Meggesin, starting in 2013.

“Helios Education Foundation was proud to partner with FCAN in 2012 as they envisioned how to expand service to students. And, we are proud to continue that partnership 10 years later” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation.  

Today, FCAN continues to champion student success under the leadership of Charleita M. Richardson by developing strong networks throughout the state, providing data to inform community leaders and policy makers, and advocating for Florida’s “Strengthening Alignment between Industry and Learning” (SAIL) to 60 initiative, which aims to increase the percentage of working-age Floridians with a high-value postsecondary certificate, degree, or training experience to 60% by 2030.