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.
We seek to elevate the knowledge base and earning potential of our workforce which will lead to more productive and profitable businesses. To many of us working at the oldest local institution of higher education, Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW), we believe this stretch goal is achievable through education.
According to a poll of Southwest Florida Human Resource departments conducted in May-June 2020, approximately 36.2 percent of the responding businesses indicated that finding, hiring, and training a qualified workforce during relaunch or within the subsequest 6-12 months is their biggest challenge.
Additional $50,000 in matching funds needed to access grant to transform Southwest Florida’s workforce The FutureMakers Coalition has secured a $50,000 challenge grant from The Elsa & Peter Soderberg Charitable Foundation Inc….
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!
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.
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.