What We Do: Florida

College is for Everyone

Connecting students to their full potential through the transformational power of education drives Helios Education Foundation and our partners to explore possibilities and challenge convention.

At the core of our Florida Regional Student Success strategy is the principle of partnership. Standing alongside key partners, Helios invests in initiatives that ensure all students, particularly first-generation, minority, and underrepresented students, complete a postsecondary degree, empowering them for successful careers that close social and economic gaps. 

Partnership in Action and Its Impact 

One of Helios’ most illustrative partnerships is with the Florida College Access Network. 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.

In a recently published brief, Collective Impact that Advances Postsecondary Degree Attainment in Florida, researchers at Helios outline statewide efforts by FCAN and local college access networks (LCANs) to increase the number of individuals who complete postsecondary education. The impact of both FCAN and LCANs upon closing the workforce readiness gap experienced by a number of communities throughout Florida is largely attributed to LCAN’s adoption of the collective impact framework for social change.

Learn more about the implementation of the collective impact framework and the proven successes that led Floridians from education to employability, and read recommendations that scale the work of local college access networks in Collective Impact that Advances Postsecondary Degree Attainment in Florida.  

Explore Helios' Florida Regional Student Success Strategy here and view additional research briefs on our publications page. 

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