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Program Looks to Improve College Student Completion Rates in Florida

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Take Stock in Children (TSIC), one of the country’s largest mentoring and college readiness organizations, has announced that it has established a new program aimed at improving the college completion rates of students attending a Florida college or university.

The program, Take Stock in College, has a goal of increasing the completion rates of  students from 67 to 95 percent by diminishing the gap between high school and career with enhanced on-campus resources and support systems, according to a TSIC release.

Jillian Hasner

“For nearly 25 years, TSIC has created a community of mentors and supports for our middle and high school students to put them on a successful path to college,” said Jillian Hasner, president and CEO of TSIC. “Take Stock in College is a further example of our commitment to ensuring our hardworking students have the resources they need to succeed and foster their ability to forge a new trail that prepares them for success during and after college.”

Take Stock in College will offer three different types of post-secondary support to ensure that college retention and completion rates surge. Those efforts include:

-Placing a student ambassador at all of Florida’s 40 state colleges and universities, who will be a full-time student and serve as a peer mentor and liaison for other TSIC students.

-Creating a network of college completion coaches to match student ambassadors’ peer-level support and will make sure the program is being implemented consistently.

-Altering its local affiliate organizations to create a mini-grant program that will continue connecting TSIC students with trusted, local staff and their college support network.

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