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NAPLES DAILY NEWS: Guest opinion: Southwest Florida, it’s time to elevate!

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As a partner in the prestigious Lumina Foundation in partnership with the Kresge Foundation, Southwest Florida has been designated as a TALENT HUB — one of only 25 other designated communities in the United States who have a demonstrated plan for significantly increasing the number of people with college degrees or other credentials beyond a high school diploma.

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NEWS-PRESS: Some college, no degree? FGCU has pathways for you

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Through the FutureMakers Coalition’s efforts to ensure more residents of all backgrounds get an education beyond high school, Southwest Florida (SWFL) has been designated as a Talent Hub by the Lumina and Kresge Foundations — joining 25 other communities around the country. This significant achievement is a badge of honor for our community, and Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is a proud partner of the FutureMakers Coalition and the Talent Hub!

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FASFA Season

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October 2020 ushers in a variety of seasonal changes for Southwest Florida residents – the promise of cooler temperatures and lower humidity on the horizon, preparing for the migration of snowbirds from the north, and the crowning of a World Series champion at the end of a shortened Major League Baseball season. Perhaps the most important October event is the beginning of FAFSA season! Unfortunately, the FAFSA completion rate among Southwest Florida students decreased from 46.1% in 2017-2018 to 43.5% in 2018-2019 and, according to a June 2020 Florida College Access Network (FCAN) survey, about 42% of currently enrolled Floridians said their postsecondary plans have changed due to COVID-19, including taking a semester or year off, starting sooner than planned, or transferring to another school.

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Pallotta Champion’s Breakfast Talk

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an Pallotta, a renowned author and TED talk speaker on philanthropy and innovation, knows how to inspire an audience!  At the annual 2020 Breakfast of Champions Meeting in September, Dan participated in a Q&A session related to the FutureMakers Coalition topic “55%: A Bold Goal” and challenged us to aspire to achieve the impossible. 

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