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Orlando Sentinel: My Word: Education, job training are our business

Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna to the Orlando Sentinel

March 8, 2013

One out of every 21 Floridians. That is how many students the Florida College System serves each year. That number represents friends, neighbors, grandparents and our children.

Florida's state and community colleges open their doors to every student seeking education or job training. But our open-door policy and access to affordable degrees should not be mistaken for low quality. We are in the business of educating and training Floridians to get jobs and realize the American dream.

Take Lalita Booth, for example. Lalita dropped out of high school in the ninth grade, left home at 16, and struggled with homelessness and single parenthood soon after.

Almost a decade later, Lalita has graduated from the University of Central Florida with a 4.0 and dual degrees, and she has been recognized as a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholar and Harry S. Truman Scholar, and earned master's degrees from Harvard University.

Where did Lalita start her educational career? At Seminole State College.

All around the state, there are examples of student successes.

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