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LEAP Tampa Bay Launches New Website Geared Toward Helping Students Reach Their Goal of Education and Training Beyond High School

Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. – LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network (LEAP), a network of more than 70 community partners committed to changing lives by connecting residents to education and training beyond high school, has launched a newly improved website at www.leaptampabay.org.

Whether a high school or returning college student, a LEAP community partner or a member of the general public, the website’s improved navigation and functionality gives LEAP’s audiences a more efficient way to gather information on important topics such as financial aid, scholarships or planning their pathway through education and training. The site also includes easy to use tools in its Resource Library and has been translated in Spanish.

“The new LEAP website gives students and potential students an easily accessible resource to help them achieve their goals for post-secondary education,” said Chuck Tiernan, who serves as Senior Director of LEAP Tampa Bay for its backbone organization, Community Foundation Tampa Bay.

The user-friendly website also highlights some of the specific work LEAP continues to foster in the Hillsborough and Pinellas County region. This includes Complete Tampa Bay, a free coaching or navigation service for students needing support getting into school or who have already earned some college credit but didn’t finish a degree and want to go back. It also showcases high school-based College and Career Centers, which are now in all 17 Pinellas County comprehensive high schools and have begun replicating in Hillsborough this year, starting with King High School. Local school districts partnered with their education foundations – also LEAP partners – to build out this concept.

New information will be regularly added to LEAP’s site as work grows and evolves. LEAP’s network accelerates and amplifies the work of cross-sector partners from education, business, government and philanthropy. All are working together toward LEAP’s goal to increase  the number of working age adults in Tampa Bay with a post-secondary degree or high-quality certificate to 60 percent by 2025.

There are 17 founding partners in all, which along with numerous supporting partners, can be found on the site as well. Visit www.leaptampabay.org.

ABOUT LEAP TAMPA BAY

LEAP Tampa Bay is a network of more than 70 community partners committed to changing lives by connecting residents to education and training beyond high school. Using a collective impact model of collaboration, LEAP Tampa Bay leadership guides coordinated, need-based strategies by partners from across business, education, government, and non-profits, all geared at increasing attainment of high-quality college degrees and credentials to help build Tampa Bay’s workforce talent base. For more information, visit www.leaptampabay.org.

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