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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

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(850) 245-0413

Department of Education Encourages Students to “Go Higher-Get Accepted”

~ Statewide campaign helps graduating seniors apply, and get cash for a postsecondary education ~

TALLAHASSEE - Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith today announced that 27 Florida colleges and more than 270 high schools will participate in the state’s 2010 Go Higher-Get Accepted campaign. The campaign is designed to increase the number of high school seniors enrolling in college by offering guidance and support to students throughout the application process. Colleges sponsoring Go Higher-Get Accepted events will also offer a $500 scholarship, supplied by the Foundation for Florida’s Community Colleges, to an eligible high school senior who attends an event and enrolls at the participating college.

“It’s vital that our students explore every opportunity for a postsecondary education to ensure they are prepared to compete for today’s high wage, high skill jobs,” said Commissioner Smith. “Florida’s economic prosperity depends on our ability to produce the workforce of the future and efforts like the Go Higher, Get Accepted campaign are helping us to achieve this important goal.”

As part of the campaign, colleges around the state will sponsor Go Higher-Get Accepted events in the coming months to help students examine specific college majors and programs. A key focus of the events will be to provide parents and students with hands-on assistance with admission applications as well as finding and applying for financial aid. Many will offer “Cash for College” workshops to assist students and families with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

“High school seniors should begin securing their futures now by applying to college and getting accepted before they graduate,” said Dr. Will Holcombe, Chancellor of The Florida College System (formerly Community Colleges). ”The Florida College System offers open access for two-year and certificate programs. In addition, many of our colleges are now offering affordable four year degrees closer to home.”

For more information on the campaign and a complete listing of events, visit www.FACTS.org.

About FACTS.org:
Florida’s Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students (FACTS.org) is the Florida Department of Education’s statewide student advising system. The system enables students to explore careers, plan their high school courses, track their progress toward graduation, check their eligibility for Bright Futures and other scholarships, learn about Florida’s postsecondary opportunities, apply online to state universities and colleges, and apply online for state and federal financial aid.

About The Florida College System (formerly Community Colleges):
The Florida College System serves as the primary point of access to higher education in Florida, with 58 percent of the state’s high school graduates pursuing postsecondary education beginning at a Florida college and 81 percent of freshman and sophomore minority students in public higher education attending one of Florida’s 28 colleges.

About the Foundation for Florida’s Community Colleges, Inc.:
The Foundation for Florida’s Community Colleges, Inc., was established in 1994 with a mission to promote Florida’s colleges to be the nation’s leading advocate for postsecondary educational opportunity, access, and student success while respecting and protecting the autonomy and local support of the individual colleges.