Helios Education Foundation Awards $1.5 Million to Florida College Access Network

The Helios Education Foundation has announced a three-year, $1.5 million grant to the Florida College Access Network in support of efforts to boost the number of Floridians who hold a college degree or high-quality postsecondary credential.

The grant will support the development of local college access networks comprised of regional leaders representing local governments, businesses, school districts, higher education institutions, nonprofit agencies, and foundations working to increase the number of Floridians who attend college. The effort is part of a larger F-CAN initiative to ensure that 60 percent of working-age Floridians hold a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential by 2025.

"We are grateful to have Helios as a partner in this important work," said F-CAN executive director Laurie Meggesin. "Florida needs a well-educated workforce to compete in the twenty-first 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."