July 28, 2017

The start of the fall semester is still several weeks away, but Florida CAN has already devised some new ways to help high schools guide their students through the college-going process.

In August, Florida CAN will introduce its “College Ready Florida” podcast series, which will serve as a source of information for the College Ready Florida statewide initiatives, starting with Apply Yourself Florida.

Apply Yourself Florida — also known as Florida College Application Week — is part of the national American College Application Campaign. The campaign aims to increase the number of students pursuing a college degree or high-quality credential by encouraging high schools to dedicate time during a normal school day to have seniors fill out at least one application to a college or technical school with the support of trained volunteers from the school and community.

Last year, 146 schools participated in the statewide campaign and almost 30 schools have already signed up to host Apply Yourself Florida events in October and November of this year.

The College Ready Florida podcast will be hosted by Amy Bolick, Florida CAN’s statewide programs coordinator. Each episode is 10 minutes or less and will offer an overview of the many tools and resources available to counselors and other educators interested in participating or learning more about Florida CAN’s initiatives. The first episode is scheduled to debut Aug. 14.

In addition to the podcast, Florida CAN offers toolkits, guides, materials such as “I Applied” stickers and event posters, individual assistance and incentives for schools and organizations that register to host College Ready Florida initiatives through this form. Florida CAN is also available to provide site coordinator training to interested school districts.

For more information about the College Ready Florida initiatives and how to participate, please contact Amy Bolick at 813-974-6429 or abolick@floridacollegeaccess.org.

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