The 2018 FCAN Summit features four general sessions and 30 breakout sessions. More than 50 speakers will highlight latest developments in college access, postsecondary success, college affordability, career readiness and workforce development, data and measurement, and collective impact. Explore the agenda below!

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018
    8:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
    Registration Check-In

    Pre-Summit Meetings

    9:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Coaching to Completion: Increasing Degree Attainment for Returning Adults, Open to All Attendees
    Join Complete Florida, Complete College America and The Graduate Network to discuss how state and national organizations can work together to enhance postsecondary attainment rates. Complete Florida is Florida’s degree completion initiative, established by the Florida Legislature in 2014 to serve Florida’s 2.1 million working-age citizens who have some college credit, but no degree. Complete Florida’s strength is its coaching service, which is designed to support adult learners and to help them navigate their path to completion. Complete College America uses research, advocacy and technical assistance to help states develop strategies and offers “A Better Deal for Returning Adults.” The Graduate Network works with employers nationwide to identify education gaps and recruitment barriers related to attainment. The Graduate Network sponsors the “Bridging the Talent Gap” employer engagement project. With combined effort, we can work together to help students return to college to finish what they started.
    9:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Member Meeting, Invitation Only
    9:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Florida Philanthropic Network Scholarship Working Group Meeting, Invitation Only
    9:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) and Friends of School Counseling Meeting, Open to All
    Come join in conversation about school counseling. Andrew Weatherill, Secondary School Counseling Consultant for the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, will provide updates from Tallahassee about college and career initiatives as well as projects underway at the Department of Education. Rebecca Schumacher, Executive Director of the Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA), will describe current and upcoming advocacy and legislative efforts of the Association that support school counselors and impact students.
    9:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Local College Access Network Leadership Meeting, Invitation Only
    9:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Positive Pathways and the Rise to 55, Open to All Attendees
    Join Positive Pathways and leaders of Florida's educational and child welfare systems for a special pre-conference meeting where you will have a chance to discuss how supporting the educational progress of former foster children can help Florida reach its goal of having at least 55% of all its residents earn a post-secondary degree or credential by 2025.
    9:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Take Stock in Children College Success Coach Breakfast, Invitation Only
    Start the FCAN conference with a delicious breakfast hosted by Take Stock in Children President & CEO, Jillian Hasner. Take Stock in Children College Success Coaches gather to share best practices and brainstorming ideas as we kick off the Florida College Access Network Summit!
    11:30 AM  -  1:30 PM
    Welcome Luncheon: Create the Future!
    Special Guest and Keynote: Jaime Casap, Education Evangelist, Google
    1:30 PM  -  1:45 PM

    Concurrent Session A

    1:45 PM  -  2:45 PM
    A MultiGen Approach to College Prep for First Generation College Latinos
    This session will introduce a multi-generational, multicultural model to overcome barriers Latinos first-generation college students face and the role of family engagement in overcoming them. A MultiGen approach can help low-income, first-generation Latino families to dream big and achieve higher education. This session will focus on how to engage with students, parents, siblings, and other relatives to help close the education gap. Participants will be introduced to culturally appropriate tools for engaging with K-12 students and families that creates a culture of college going for all ages with emphasis in parent engagement.

    Categories: College Access, Affordability, Collective Impact

    Materials: A MultiGen Approach PPT

    1:45 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Achieve Escambia - Data Driving our Future!
    This session will provide an overview of Achieve Escambia - a cradle-to-career collective impact effort focused on the complex system of education and workforce development. This "all in" partnership of Escambia County stakeholders from education, non-profit, business, faith, military, law enforcement, and other community leaders uses data to drive alignment of resources. This session will overview key data components of the effort, including the Baseline Report and online dashboard that the movement uses to track annual achievement for each of several critical cradle to career key transition points and contextual indicators.

    Categories: Collective Impact, Career Readiness and Workforce Development, Measuring Outcomes

    Materials: Data Driving Our Future PPT

    1:45 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Examining Trends in College Persistence: Findings and Implications for College Success
    While the US has seen gains in college enrollment among first generation, low-income, and/or minority students, ensuring students stay in college and earn a degree is critical to future success. In this session, Helios Education Foundation will highlight research findings on college persistence among Latino and non-Latino students in 18 Arizona school districts. The effects of school type (e.g., 2-year vs. 4-year institution), college readiness, and enrollment patterns (e.g., full-time vs. part-time) on persistence will be described. Finally, presenters will discuss implications of research findings in ensuring students are prepared and supported as they work toward achieving a college degree.

    Categories: Postsecondary Success and Completion, Measuring Outcome

    MaterialsExamining Trends PPT

    1:45 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Got Summer Jobs for Youth? Lessons Learned in Securing Over 3,000 Paid Youth Internships
    For two years in a row, the Children’s Trust, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Foundation for New Education Initiatives, and Career Source South Florida collaborated with a single intent in mind: to provide meaningful paid summer internship opportunities for high school youth across the county. Join us in this session to learn how the program was created, lessons learned from implementing a county-wide paid internship program and interact with key policymakers to learn how this model could be replicated in other areas.

    Categories: Career Readiness and Workforce Development, Collective Impact

    Materials: Got Summer Jobs for Youth? PPT

    1:45 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Strategic Initiatives in Dual Enrollment
    This session is designed for high school and postsecondary professionals who are interested in learning about the development and implementation of Dual Enrollment programs. Policies and procedures that impact student access and success will be reviewed. Insight on using Dual Enrollment as an accelerated and enhanced learning option in alignment with House Bill 7059 will be shared.  Special interest will be given to:  identifying challenges and rewards of DE Advising Models; utilizing New Student Experience as a bridge to success; engaging new student orientations both on campus and online; impactful employee development and training; aggressive marketing plans.

    Categories: College Access, College Affordability, Postsecondary Success and Completion

    Materials: Strategic Initiatives PPT

    1:45 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Top Ten Financial Aid Myths
    It all begins with the FAFSA, YES!  But it doesn’t end there…   So much more occurs once FAFSA data is received by the college or university, and some of it may seem confusing or invisible to you.  In this session, a financial aid administrator with nearly thirty years of experience will highlight some common misunderstandings or myths about how financial aid is practiced.  Come learn about key practices that can help your students including dependency overrides, professional judgment, needs analysis, verification, packaging, and other less understood aid practices.  You will also have an opportunity to get your questions answered during “Ask a Financial Aid Administrator”.

    Categories: Affordability

    Materials: Top Ten Financial Aid Myths PPT

    2:45 PM  -  3:00 PM

    Concurrent Session B

    3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Closing Equity Gaps for Adult Learners: Innovative Strategies for Communities
    In September 2017, Lumina Foundation designated 17 communities as Talent Hubs, exemplary communities working to close postsecondary attainment gaps through systems-level policy and practice change. Six of these seventeen are focused on improving outcomes for adults with some postsecondary experience, but have not yet earned a credential. Further, each Talent Hub focuses tightly on closing pervasive equity gaps in their community. This session will explore the strategies these communities are using to attract, retain, and credential thousands of adults, and discuss the early challenges and successes of each Talent Hub.

    Categories: College Access, Postsecondary Success and Completion, Career Readiness and Workforce Development

    3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Hands On @ Hyatt Hospitality Training Program
    Hands On @ Hyatt is a short-term training program for individuals with disabilities. The program is made possible through a unique partnership with Hyatt Hotels and State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies. Started at one Hyatt Hotel in 1998, the program has expanded to 35 hotels in 12 states. In October 2014, Hands On @ Hyatt was recognized by the White House Champions of Change program.

    Categories: Career Readiness and Workforce Development, Postsecondary Success and Completion, Collective Impact

    3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Innovative Scholarship Models: How Florida Philanthropy is Addressing the Needs of Today's Students
    Join the Florida Philanthropic Network for a deep dive to learn about innovative scholarship models and how Florida funders are adapting their programs to better support today’s student.

    : Innovative Scholarship Models PPT
    3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Necessity Breeds Creativity: Why Limited Resources Led to an Impact Breakthrough in Duval County
    Despite ongoing efforts to increase postsecondary attainment, recent graduates of Duval County were in step with the national trend of declining college enrollment. Annual large-scale events were not successful in moving the needle and a new approach was badly needed. A collective impact group comprised of Duval County Public Schools, Florida State College at Jacksonville, and rising graduate students entering into school counseling decided to pilot a new approach. Attendees of this session will be provided an overview of the new model, data results, and insights regarding lessons learned. A toolkit will be made accessible to attendees.

    Categories: Collective Impact, College Access, Measuring Outcomes

    3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Student Perception on College and Careers
    Parents, employers, community organizations, and even the school systems try to determine what students will do after high school based on their own perceptions. But what do students think? This workshop focuses on data collected at the 2017 State of Jobs Conference on student perception on college and careers.

    Categories: College Access, Career Readiness and Workforce Development, Collective Impact, Measuring Outcomes

    3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    The State of Developmental Education Reform in Florida
    In the summer of 2013, the Florida Legislature passed SB 1720, the landmark bill which provides alternative options for colleges to address the needs of students who are not quite college ready. In the nearly five years since, the 28 Florida College System institutions have implemented changes to the delivery of developmental education courses, academic advising and support services provided on their campuses. How have these changes impacted Florida’s college students? Join us for a discussion on the state of developmental education reform in Florida, examples of innovations and best practices, and what challenges and opportunities for improving student outcomes lie ahead.
    4:00 PM  -  4:15 PM
    4:15 PM  -  5:45 PM
    General Session

    Keynote with Hershel Lyons , Chancellor, Division of Public Schools, Florida Department of Education

    Money Talks: A Candid Conversation with Florida Students As students’ financial needs change, how are financial aid policies and programs adapting to meet them? Join financial aid guru Daniel T. Barkowitz for a candid conversation with a panel of Florida college students about their experiences applying to, attending, and paying for college.

    Keynote Speaker:
    5:45 PM  -  7:15 PM
    Networking Reception
    Make new connections and mingle with colleagues from across the state who are working to improve postsecondary and career opportunities for our students.
  • Friday, May 11, 2018
    7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Continental Breakfast
    8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Policy Talk: A Conversation with Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith
    What new policies will impact college access and attainment for Florida students? Join us for a conversation with Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, member of the Florida House of Representatives Postsecondary Education Subcommittee and Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, to discuss recent changes to Florida law and policy opportunities to improve the future of education for all Florida students.
    9:30 AM  -  9:45 AM

    Concurrent Session C

    9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Alternative Credit and Adult Learners: Changing our Culture
    Although many FTICs enter postsecondary education institutions with already earned credit - with institutional corresponding expectations that such credit has been earned - the typical returning adult student does not experience a similar situation. Resetting the individual and institutional mindset for knowledge, skills, and abilities that an adult learner brings to the table involves awareness, policies, and protocols. This foundation enables institutions to be proactive in discussions with adult learners about their backgrounds. From Admissions staff to Academic Administrators, a common message can be developed that supports returning adult learners in achieving success in a postsecondary world.

    Categories: College Access, Affordability, Postsecondary Success Completion

    Materials: Alternative Credit and Adult Learners PPT

    9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Career Quest - Matched College Savings Program
    CareerEdge and United Way Suncoast have partnered to pilot a matched college savings program called Career Quest targeting low income rising high school juniors. The program includes connecting youth to job or internship opportunities; providing career planning and financial education workshops; and offering them access to a savings account that matches student’s savings up to 4 to 1, with a $2,000 cap. Students saving a minimum of $25/ month for the 2 years of their Junior and Senior years in high school will have up to $500 of their savings matched for a possible $2000 in additional college savings.

    Categories: Affordability, College Access, Career Readiness and Workforce Development

    9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Clear Answers to Perplexing Questions about Students who Grew Up in Foster Care
    During this highly interaction session, participants will learn the story of how a volunteer group of dedicated student professionals from all over Florida helped to increase the number of students graduating with a bachelor's degree in foster care more than 100% in four years. 

    Categories: Postsecondary Success and Completion

    9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Expanding Access: Tap into Resources from the FL Center for Students with Unique Abilities (FCSUA)
    We will provide an update on implementation of the Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) Act and resources available through the FCSUA. Grants of $300,000 are available to postsecondary education institutions across Florida to start a FPCTP; scholarships for students with intellectual disabilities to attend these programs can help cover tuition and unique program costs. We will also provide information from program annual reports regarding student characteristics, student services, credentials, and data collection regarding student success. Information will include strategies to build inclusive programs, recruit students, and address equity issues (such as under-representation of African American students in current FPCTPs).

    Categories: Postsecondary Success and Completion, College Access, Affordability

    9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
    MyCareerShines: Helping Students Dream Big and Plan Accordingly
    MyCareerShines, powered by Kuder, is Florida's comprehensive education and career planning system available to all Florida students at no cost. This session will include an overview of the suite of features and resources available to Florida's secondary students in order to transition into postsecondary education or the workforce. Participants will learn about the career assessments, occupational exploration possibilities, post secondary education options, scholarship opportunities, job prep tools, the electronic portfolio, and much more.

    Categories: Career Readiness and Workforce Development, College Access, Affordability

    Materials: MyCareerShines PPTUnlock a World of Possibilities Handout, Log-In Instructions Handout

    9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Understanding the History of Racism and Racial Bias to Move Forward with Improving Student Outcomes
    The session will provide the local history of race relations in Broward County to identify the origins and ongoing evolution of racial disparities in education, health, economics, criminal justice, etc. The training will explore how knowing the history and structural dynamics of racism is informing racial equity tools and strategies being developed with community partners. Participants will explore the body of research on Implicit or Unconscious Bias in education systems including where it appears in the system, how it works, consequences of Implicit Bias in decision making, and strategies and solutions to improve outcomes.

    Categories: Collective Impact, Postsecondary Success and Completion, Measuring Outcomes

    10:45 AM  -  11:00 AM

    Concurrent Session D

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Collective Impact and Measurement: Combining Progress Measures and Data Evaluation
    Collective Impact initiatives provide a unique opportunity to explore best practices in combing qualitative and quantitative data to not only tell the story of outcomes, but to incorporate the process of work as part of a success model. Achieve Palm Beach County concluded a comprehensive framework that includes both Progress Measurement and Data to annually evaluate impact through 2025. Join Achieve for a discussion of the benefits and challenges of this measurement tool designed specifically to address LCAN needs, partners, and a broad community audience.

    Categories: Collective Impact, College Access, Measuring Outcomes

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    How America Pays for College

    How America Pays for College, a national study by Sallie Mae® and Ipsos of undergraduates and their parents, looks at how families paid for college in the 2015-2016 academic year. This annual study, now in its ninth year, trends attitudes toward the value of college as well as which resources families draw on over time. This session will discuss the sources of funds families used to pay for college in 2015-16, with some breakouts by school type, by course of study and by region of the country.

    : Affordability, College Access, Measuring Outcomes

    Materials: How America Pays for College PPT

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Innovative Community Partnerships Connecting Students with Postsecondary Pathways
    Take Stock in Children and our college partners have some exciting, innovative, student-centric strategies we have implemented in low performing schools to share with you. Challenged with student assumptions that college is too expensive or college is just not something their family does, data supports that we are changing students’ thought process. We will share our experience in forming the successful collaborations with our college partners and instituting innovative college readiness and access services, offer best practices from the field and share the data we have compiled to validate the strategies we have implemented.

    Categories: College Access, Affordability, Career Readiness and Workforce Development, Collective Impact, Measuring Outcomes

    Materials: Innovative Community Partnerships PPT

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    The Irma Test: Collective Impact Works

    In Collier County, when Irma made landfall it certainly brought damage and tragedy, but it also evidenced the collective spirit to work together. Through Future Ready Collier, the local college access network, and collective impact initiative, more than 60 partners rolled up their collective sleeves, re-worked existing strategies and devised new ones to ensure that the Senior Class of 2018 did not have their dreams dashed by the storm.

    : The Irma Test PPT

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Transformative Translations: How Higher Ed can Collaborate with Business to Meet Labor Market Needs
    For years the general assumption is a college degree is as good as gold. Get one, get employed. Not so fast. Study after study has revealed employers and colleges are on different wavelengths when it comes to career readiness. College executives think we are doing a great job and industry leaders and employers believe we are underpreparing students for the workforce. The key to this disconnect could be in the nomenclature. We may be using different words and outcomes to arrive at the same point. This session will explore two approaches to closing this definition divide. One through realigning learning outcomes and the other through infiltrating industry itself.

    Categories: Career Readiness and Workforce Development, Postsecondary Success and Completion, Collective Impact, Measuring Outcomes

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Using Data-Informed Practice to Improve College Success
    Student success professionals often spent the bulk of our time working with students after they show signs they will not be successful. With the explosion of analytics technologies, many colleges have increased access to data to evaluate a student’s likelihood of success. In this session, we will examine strategies to assist student services staff with using data who are not data experts or comfortable with statistics. Activities will include learning to identify metrics that can inform practice and using data to design strategic outreach to students.

    Categories: Postsecondary Success and Completion, Measuring Outcomes

    12:15 PM  -  1:45 PM
    Awards Luncheon: The Future's Bright!
    Join FCAN in celebrating the 2017-18 Florida FAFSA Challenge winners and hear what is on the horizon for the future of Florida’s workforce.

    Special Guest and Keynote: Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber Foundation and Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation
    1:45 PM  -  2:00 PM

    Concurrent Session E

    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    A-STEP into the Middle Class: Advancing Education Equity for Underserved Adults
    A-STEP is Goodwill of North Florida’s commitment to assist underserved adults to not just get jobs, but to get “better” jobs through advanced education. Finding the right educational path, enrollment and financial support can be confusing and hard to navigate. Many capable adults forgo additional education because of tuition, transportation, and childcare expenses. In this session, you will learn how A-STEP is addressing the needs of the adult learner every step of the way from college enrollment to degree/certification completion to job placement through pragmatic career planning, college enrollment process, intensive mentoring, dedicated case management, and financial assistance.

    Categories: Career Readiness and Workforce Development, College Access, Postsecondary Success and Completion

    Materials: A-STEP PPT, A-STEP PPT 2

    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Building Bridges Across The Bay - How 2 Large Counties Came Together In One LCAN
    Hillsborough & Pinellas County communities both assessed a great need to generate more people with postsecondary credentials into a rapidly growing, changing workforce. An existing LCAN, the LEAP Network, provided an opportunity for them to use strong collective impact strategy to not only work collaboratively, but also honor and build upon the strengths of all community partners across the bay. A traditionally competitive region, we’ll touch on the “go it alone or go together” discussion, and how we honored the unique nature of all cities and towns to prevent overshadowing by Tampa, without losing benefits and strengths of collaboration.

    Categories: Collective Impact, Career Readiness, Workforce Development

    Materials: Building Bridges PPT

    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Coaching from Behind to Get Ahead: Activating Peer Teams to Expand College Counseling Capacity
    As most high schools continue to labor under an unrealistic 491:1 student-to-counselor ratio, tapping capable students to support college access opportunities for their peers is emerging as a solution. The first step after embracing the concept of youth activation is building an effective team of student leaders. This session will offer guidance on how to build such a team, how to guide students by “coaching from behind,” and how to hand the reins over to students allowing their insights, creative ideas, data-gathering, and analysis to lead to new solutions and increased capacity in college counseling.

    Categories: College Access

    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    College Ready Florida: Highlights from Around the State
    The Florida College Access Network (FCAN) supports schools across the state in building a college-going culture among their student populations. This session will familiarize attendees with the tools and resources necessary to host three key initiatives: Florida College Application Week, the Florida FAFSA Challenge, and Florida College Decision Day. Additionally, partner organizations will co-present best practices in local communities throughout the state.

    Categories: Affordability, College Access, Postsecondary Success and Completion

    Materials: College Ready Florida PPT

    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Educating Immigrants of Mixed Statuses for Success in Higher Ed
    Many students have varying forms of immigration status in the U.S. whether permanent, temporary, or undocumented. In this workshop we will address some of this complexity and how it relates to the role we must play so that every student can succeed in and outside of the classroom, especially as they prepare for life after high school graduation. With or without permanent status, there are opportunities for every student in this state to pursue a career and achieve their dreams. Learn about the out-of-state tuition waivers for immigrant students and how undocumented youth are paying for their college education.

    Categories: College Access, Affordability, Postsecondary Success and Completion, Collective Impact

    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Solving the Undermatching Crisis
    Undermatching is a phenomenon in American higher education in which well-qualified students, often from less affluent households, are not matched with competitive colleges, and in some cases do not attend college at all. Learn how one school district is addressing undermatching head on through partnerships, professional development, and data and program planning, that have led to increased acceptances to selective institutions and increased financial aid opportunities.

    Categories: College Access, Affordability, Measuring Outcomes