A partner organization since Future Ready Collier’s founding, the Guadalupe Center has a 35-year history of, as their organizational mission decrees, using educational opportunity to help break the cycle of poverty for the children of Immokalee. Currently, Guadalupe is heavily involved in Future Ready Collier (FRC), intentionally encouraging and enabling their leadership and staff at all levels to support the initiative.
Future Ready Collier partner organizations, with pilot funding from the Early Learning Coalition, have embarked on an initiative to facilitate a better completion rate among candidates for Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. The preferred minimum credential for employment among early childhood educators is a CDA paired with a two-year degree. Stakeholders are proactively enabling candidates who have completed all CDA coursework to finalize their portfolio and undergo structured assessment to earn the certification. This effort coincides with goals to increase rates of achievement of Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees, to ensure a more robust pipeline of educators equipped to meet existing student need. Collaborators agree this is a both practical and valuable means of helping teachers, schools, and students alike.
Tim Ferguson is respected throughout Collier County for his bold leadership of Grace Place, successfully steering the organization through a substantial capital campaign and major campus expansion, and shepherding its mission to raise up communities through collective engagement, literacy, and educational opportunity. With characteristic confidence, Tim, an early supporter of Future Ready Collier, offers as an observation that we are “on the threshold of collective impact becoming the way we do business in Collier County.” Grace Place, under Tim’s thoughtful watch, has been an instrumental player in Future Ready Collier since its inception. Counting more than 60 partner organizations, Future Ready Collier is enabling individual organizations to combine efforts, resources, and ideas to generate real results for Collier County’s educational system.
Champions For Learning is hosting a series of Rising Senior Workshops for Collier County rising seniors (Class of 2020) and their parents where they will receive information about the college application process, financial aid process, and scholarship resources.
All workshops are held at the College & Career Lab at Champions For Learning’s offices (3606 Enterprise Avenue, Naples, FL)
Here is the schedule:
The Application Process
June 12, 2019 (6 pm – 8 pm)
July 23, 2019 (9 am – 11 am)
June 27, 2019 (9 am– 11 am)
August 7, 2019 (6 pm – 8 pm)
The Financial Aid Process
July 15, 2019 (9 am – 11 am)
August 21, 2019 (6 pm– 8 pm)
Spots are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Pre-registration is required. To register for one or more of the workshops click here.
Collier County Public Schools opens Online Centralized Registration for families with children entering Kindergarten or moving to the district for the 2019-2020 school year!