FutureMakers chosen for national effort to improve higher education

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FutureMakers Coalition was chosen by CivicLab as one of five rural partnerships across the United States to participate in a two-year initiative to improve higher education and workforce systems. Supported by Ascendium Education Group, FutureMakers Coalition will receive training, technical assistance and direct financial support worth $150,000 to develop and implement system-level strategies that create pathways to prosperity for learners low-income Hendry County.

The FutureMakers Coalition was selected through a national call for proposals. Each partnership in the cohort includes higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, private sector partners and other local stakeholders who work together to improve education and training outcomes. workforce. To be selected, partnerships were required to submit plans that will improve outcomes for their residents and bring lasting change to higher education and workforce systems over the two-year grant period.

The Collaboratory, based in Fort Myers, serves as the backbone organization for FutureMakers, providing administrative support to the coalition.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with Florida SouthWestern State College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Hendry County District Schools, The Joseph Project 863, Hendry Economic Development Council, CareerSource Southwest Florida and AirGlades in part of this effort to transform the workforce in Hendry County,” said Tessa LeSage of Collaboratory, director of FutureMakers.

FutureMakers Coalition joins partnerships from California, Indiana, New Mexico and Texas. This cohort will meet virtually and in person to share ideas, resources and receive technical assistance.

“Hendry County is growing rapidly and future projects will require our community to be competitive in all areas, especially skilled labor. We are grateful to be part of this initiative to improve economic mobility and quality of life for our citizens,” said Keitha Daniels, director of the Hendry County Economic Development Council.

In February, the FutureMakers Guiding Team participated in a two-day learning lab at CivicLab headquarters in Columbus, Ind. The team will return in April 2022 for further instruction and planning.

FutureMakers has been designated a Talent Center by Lumina Foundation in partnership with The Kresge Foundation to support local efforts to increase literacy. Formed in 2015, the coalition is committed to creating a cradle-to-career pathway to ensure success for traditional students and adult learners.

Area businesses are encouraged to join and invest in supporting the initiative by visiting www.futuremakerscoalition.com or by emailing Ms. Sage at [email protected]

For more information on Ascendium and CivicLab, visit www.rurallearningsystems.org. ¦

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