If you represent an employer and are interested in supporting or offering college and career readiness, access, and completion programs, incentives, or services for your employees or your community, we invite you to partner with Florida C.A.N.! by signing our Memorandum of Understanding. Please complete where highlighted and either fax (813) 974-1050, email FloridaCAN@usf.edu or mail a signed copy to Florida C.A.N.!, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, ALN 190, Tampa, FL 33620.

Within your company, there are practices you can employ to increase postsecondary degree attainment for your employees and your community.  Below are just some of the ways employers can drive degree attainment:

  • Accredited Corporate Training: Make your on-the-job training count by working with colleges, universities, the American Council on Education or the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning to gain accreditation and/or credit recommendations for internal training.
  • Prior Learning Assessment: Provide support to employees to earn credit for prior learning and training, including reimbursement for assessment costs.
  • Build Partnerships: Participate in regional and local collaborations with public and private entities to improve education supports and pathways for students, including joining your local college access network, working with regional workforce investment boards and/or regional economic development authorities.
  • Apprenticeships and Internships: Provide contextualized learning opportunities to potential employees.
  • Tuition Reimbursement and Assistance Programs: provide financial support for employees earning postsecondary credentials, including pre-paid or reimbursed tuition; books stipend; recognition of academic milestones; completion bonus.

As part of The Network, we will provide you with the following tools:

Research – You will receive Florida-specific policy briefs on a variety of topics related to college and career readiness, access, and completion designed to inform network partners on the education policy debate and program development efforts in Florida. Making non-partisan, relevant, and timely research and analysis available helps empower our partners by informing resource and program development, setting network standards, and helping partners set policy priorities for driving systemic change. Access to high-quality data, analysis, and trends also supports local leadership development and retention which contributes to network sustainability.

Our partners will also have access to a statewide data dashboard of important metrics to help with monitoring progress and outcomes on collective efforts toward meeting Goal 2025. The dashboard can also be used by network partners to set countywide or regional goals, prioritize programmatic strategies, and measure collective impact.

Communication – We will help open the lines of communication between you and all other education stakeholders statewide. This includes information sharing across sectors and sharing your story across the state on your efforts to improve college and career readiness, access, and completion for all students.

Advocacy – We advocate on behalf of all students in Florida and can support your advocacy efforts by communicating your issues with state and national leaders.

Support – We provide technical assistance to local college access and student success service providers and support those who wish to develop Local College Access Networks (LCANs)–regional conveners of representatives from all sectors who share the goal of working collectively to improve college and career readiness, access, and completion rates in their community.