In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Champions For Learning, a partner in Future Ready Collier, has compiled resources for Florida Students Post Irma and completing the FAFSA verification process.
Hurricane Irma Resources for Florida Students, click here.
Resources for Completing the FAFSA Verification Process, click here.
To see the original resource post by Champions For Learning, click here.
Whether you call Collier County home seasonally or year-round, your voice matters! Help us determine Collier County’s challenges by participating in this community needs study. #yourvoicecollier
In an attempt to better understand the needs of residents of Collier County , as well as the assets in Collier County, The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, along with a group of strong community partners including: The Community Foundation of Collier County, The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Collier County Public Schools, The Conservancy of SWFL, Arthrex, and city and county government offices, has contracted Q-Q Research Consultants to design and implement a community assessment for Collier County, Florida.
The goals of this assessment are to:
1) identify probable unmet service needs and gaps within Collier County,
2) identify possible community assets and resources, and
3) provide findings that will allow stakeholders to develop priorities and strategies to address the identified needs and gaps and to utilize and mobilize existing community resources.
The link to the Collier County Community Assessment survey can be found here. The deadline to complete the survey is December 15, 2017.
For more detailed information regarding the community assessment, go to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation website, by clicking here.
Collier County Public Schools announced a Virtual Financial Aid Information Night scheduled for October 11, 2017.
Prior to Hurricane Irma, all Collier County High Schools had Financial Aid Information Nights planned for students and families, but were not able to re-schedule them all.
The event will also be streamed LIVE online and on The Education Channel (cable 99).
Click here for more details.
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Completing the FAFSA is the first step toward getting financial aid for college, career school, or graduate school. The FAFSA gives students access to the largest source of federal and state grants, federal work-study funds, and student loans. Completing the FAFSA is also a requirement by most colleges who offer intuitional scholarships as well as community based and private scholarships. Financial Aid from the FAFSA may be used to pursue a variety of degree and programs including Associate and Bachelor degrees as well as Career, Technical, and Vocational Certifications.
In Collier County, community-based organizations with an education focus have partnered together to help our students gain access to financial aid opportunities by completing their FAFSA. Trained volunteers partner with local high schools to help students navigate through the FAFSA process in one-on-one sessions. Check out these various opportunities for help in completing the FAFSA.
Together we have learned that for every 10% a school increases it’s FAFSA completion rate, it’s college going rate increases by 3%.
The Future Ready College & Career Readiness workgroup is continuing to work on increasing FAFSA completion with a goal of 46 % completion in the county.
We want to ensure that our young people graduate high school on track to obtain a degree or credential – – and to be Future Ready.
On July 20, 2017 Future Ready partners Champions For Learning, Collier County Public School District, Community Foundation of Collier County, Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, Florida SouthWestern State College, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Guadalupe Center, Naples Children & Education Foundation – Naples Winter Wine Festival and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. met with the Editorial Board of the Naples Daily News to share about the work we’ve all been doing together to get Collier – Future Ready.
Click here to read more.
The 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. This sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2017.
During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use selling for $750 or less per item.
For more information and a list of qualifying items, please review the Department of Revenue’s Tax Information Publication (TIP) on the 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, as well as the Frequently Asked Questions document.
One of Future Ready Collier’s goals is to ensure all children are Kindergarten ready.
“In order to keep our competitive edge in today’s knowledge-based economy, the next generation must have the skills, knowledge and dispositions to create and sustain new forms of enterprise.” Dean Larry Miller of Florida Southwestern State College – School of Education.
Read the rest of Dean Miller’s comments here about research done on the cost of preparing students for Kindergarten in Southwest Florida.
Read the report: Florida ECE Costing Out Study Report Final with Cover
Future Ready Collier partners work together to ensure our young people gain understanding of the value of community service and gain a variety of experiences to help them set their future goals.
United Way of Collier County hosts www.VolunteerCollier.com, and is coordinating a great opportunity for high school students to learn more about volunteering on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer.
All opportunities are pre-approved for Bright Futures.
Please visit on www.volunteercollier.com