Building Philanthropy for a Better Florida

Upskilling for Economic Mobility

When: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, June 2, 2016 (All day)
Where: 
Orlando, FL
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Join Philanthropy Roundtable in Orlando for Upskilling for Economic Mobility: How Community Colleges Are Tackling the Middle-Skills Challenge with philanthropic leaders from across the country, including FPN members:

David Odahowski, president & CEO, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and FPN founding member
Holly Zanville, strategy director, Lumina Foundation
Liza Cowan, executive director, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The Roundtable's conference will showcase innovative community college leaders who are offering a distinct alternative. They are re-examining degree offerings and eliminating those that are not directly aligned with regional labor demands. They are offering "defined pathways" to create a default program for each student--including those with remedial or developmental course requirements--which specifies the semester-by-semester sequence of courses a student needs to complete a degree.  Students can opt-out and take other courses, but only after consulting an adviser and opting into an alternative plan. The goal is to help each student navigate a specific pathway to a job and career in as short a time as possible.

The conference will take place in Orlando, Florida at Valencia College, a recipient of the Aspen Institute's Prize for Community College Excellence. Valencia offers clear pathways to success, from associate degree programs with guaranteed admission to the selective University of Central Florida to technical degree programs that have career advisers embedded in each program.

Today our individual lives and the vibrancy of our communities’ workforce are dependent upon middle- skilled jobs, those jobs needing more than a high school degree but less than a college degree.  This program Upskilling for Economic Mobility will give grantmakers the tools to impact the lives of children and families through well-paying and high demand middle-skilled jobs.

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