Central Florida College Access Network Relaunch Recap

Thank you to all who attended our Central Florida College Access Network relaunch celebration! We had a great turnout with attendees from our local education institutions, foundations, and corporate partners! Read below for a recap from the September 10th meeting.

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“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”, said Bob McFalls, President & CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network. The CFCAN relaunch showed just how much we can do if we work together with a shared regional goal. Leaders from across Central Florida gathered on September 10th to hear an update on CFCAN’s past year, and a look forward to what’s coming. Chair, Daisy C Franklin, MSW, who is the Community Investment Manager at the Central Florida Foundation, kicked the event off by telling CFCAN’s origin story. Read her welcome letter here.

CFCAN was proud to thank its investors who contributed to the College Access and Success Initiative match grant. With help from the Central Florida Foundation, CFCAN raised $56,000. This was matched at $50,000 from Florida Philanthropic Network in partnership with Helios Education Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, coming to a total of $106,000. We extend great thanks to our investors: Wells Fargo, Florida Blue, SunTrust Foundation, Bank of America, University of Phoenix, and The Desai Family Foundation Fund at Central Florida Foundation.

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Leaders from each of CFCAN’s Areas of Impact presented their workgroups and recruited new members. Brian Lucas of University of Phoenix explained the importance of targeting Adult Learners to reach our attainment goals. Robin Oliver of Orange Technical College showed us how building off of each other’s strengths in the Career Connections workgroup can push our region towards achieving ready and willing talent supply. Bethany Bower explained the importance of focusing on Scholarships & Financial Aid to ensure students are taken care of when it comes to both access and persistence.

Those in attendance committed themselves and/or the institutions they represent to the mission, vision and future of CFCAN. You have the same opportunity by reviewing and signing the CFCAN Membership MOU.

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