Collective Impact That Advances Postsecondary Degree Attainment in Florida

Examining the Florida College Access Network and Local College Access Networks

Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to student success. Helios supports initiatives that address the multitude of challenges students face across the birth to 20 educational continuum in both Arizona and Florida. Through our Latino Student Success Initiative in Arizona and our Florida Student Success Initiative in Florida, we support minority, first-generation, and underrepresented students in their pursuit of a postsecondary education.

The Florida College Access Network (FCAN) is a collaborative network committed to ensuring all Floridians have the opportunity to achieve an education beyond high school so they can prosper in Florida’s dynamic economy. From its evolution as ENLACE Florida to FCAN in 2012, Helios and FCAN have partnered together to improve college access and completion for all Floridians. Together, both organizations have sought strategies and policies to increase the postsecondary attainment rates in Florida.

The goal of this brief is to outline local and statewide efforts that engage community members toward degree completion aligned to projected workforce needs. It is our hope that legislators, leaders at institutions of higher education, community organizations, and other groups focused on workforce needs and postsecondary attainment use this brief to learn best practices that leverage collective impact to align community resources behind enhanced economic mobility and job growth.

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