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Newsletter: May 2020

By May 3, 2020No Comments3 min read

FutureMakers Partner Spotlight:

Malaina Mote

Hi, I’m Malaina Mote and I am a FutureMaker. I have been with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the FutureMakers Coalition, since 2017. As the Head of Empowerment and Social Mobility, I work closely with students and equity within Southwest Florida. In my work with students, I strategically use data to make sure the Foundation’s scholarship process is as equitable as possible and that every student has an equal chance. I ensure equity within our scholarship process from the design of the application, the technology used and the way applications are reviewed.
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Upcoming FutureMakers Events

FCAN Presents: Country Roads Take Me… To College: Meeting the Unique Needs of Rural Students
May 4, 2020 1:00 PM

FutureMakers Success Series: Virtual Career Panel
May 5, 2020

Virtual Regional Action Team Meetings

  • Data & Reporting – May 11, 9 am Register
  • Access & Entry – May 14, 9 am Register
  • Persistence & Completion – May 18, 2 pm Register
  • Aspiration & Preparation – May 20, 12 pm Register


Public Viewpoint: COVID-19 Work and Education Survey

When faced with an economic crisis, Americans historically have turned to education as a way to meet the challenge and prepare for the future. But COVID-19 has disrupted our lives and work in unprecedented ways. Will we react differently this time?

An Estimated 28 Million Americans Have Cancelled Education Plans Due to Coronavirus; For Those Considering Enrolling Soon, the Majority are Looking at Non-degree Programs.

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The Coronavirus Economic Impact Survey

The Coronavirus Economic Impact Survey was designed to allow company executives to voice their concerns about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their business. The survey was also created to establish a benchmark that would be tracked over the upcoming months, with the goal of tracking the progress Southwest Florida has made as the region navigates the ongoing pandemic. The benchmark is established through six questions, labelled as the benchmark questions in the current report.

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Looking for something to watch?


In the U.S., less than 50% of students who start college ever finish, making our college completion rates among the worst in the world. The acclaimed documentary UNLIKELY sheds light on this crisis, through the lives of five diverse students as they fight for a second chance at opportunity. Featuring interviews with LeBron James, Howard Schultz, and our nation’s leading voices in education, UNLIKELY also highlights the innovators reimagining higher education for the 21st century. Out now on digital and DVD from Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, and other retailers.

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What We Are Reading

Will the Coronavirus Forever Alter the College Experience?

The answer so far appears to be no. But some online education tools are likely to stick around.

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