College & Career

College Career Class | Future Ready Collier - Naples, Florida

What We Have Learned

Our young people are challenged in many ways. With more than 68% qualifying for free or reduced-priced lunch, the challenges of economic need are a constant.

They also lack family experience in navigating the process to earn a post-high school degree or credential to help them build their skills. While graduation rates continue to rise, we know that we need to work to be sure that every student is ready for what comes next.

With a typical senior class of approximately 3,000 students, 70% go annually to a two-year, four-year institution or technical college, and of those, more than 80% attend a college or university in Florida. And of those, more than half stay local at either Florida Southwestern State College or Florida Gulf Coast University (National Student Clearinghouse).

This provides our community the opportunity to engage our young people with our local economy and workforce.

Goal: Helping our young people graduate ready

This College and Career Readiness Work Group is composed of staff & volunteer leaders from organizations aligning work and building strategies together, focused on the following collective priorities:

  • Increase the percentage of students completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Develop and connect community strategies to keep students engaged in school and on-track for college and career readiness.
  • Provide community-based internships for 100% career academy and other interested students.
  • Develop local strategies to connect students to ongoing community-based support in post-secondary experiences.

Measuring Success

of 25-64 year-olds have completed a two year degree or more (2019)
of seniors completed the FAFSA (2019-20)
Collier Graduation Rate (Class of 2020)

The following organizations are working to ensure all young people are career ready by graduating high school on track to obtain a degree or credential:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast
Boy Scouts of America – Southwest Florida Council
Boys & Girls Club of Collier County
CareerSource Southwest Florida
Champions For Learning
Collier County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Collier County Public Schools
Collier County Sheriff’s Office
Community Foundation of Collier County
David Lawrence Centers
Florida College Access Network
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida SouthWestern State College
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.
Girls on the Run of Southwest Florida
Grace Place for Children & Families
Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce/Leadership Collier Foundation
Greater Naples YMCA
Guadalupe Center
Habitat for Humanity of Collier County
Healthcare Network of SWFL
Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida
Lorenzo Walker Technical College
Mentoring & More, Inc.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Naples Botanical Garden
National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACA)
New Horizons of SWFL
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Rotary Club of Naples
Taste of Immokalee
The Immokalee Foundation
The Shelter for Abused Women and Children
United Way of Collier and the Keys
Wellfit Girls Program SWFL, Inc.
YMCA of South Collier