18 Myron A. Harvey, Ph. D. Human Capital Consulting Vision Before 2030, Polk County will have a world- class, fully integrated education system that supports the needs of a vibrant, progressive community. • • • • College is postsecondary education. FCAN uses the term “college” to refer to the attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials beyond high school, including technical certificates and academic degrees. College readiness is career readiness. All Florida students deserve to receive a high-quality PreK-12 education, which prepares them academically for success in college or a career. College is for everyone. All Florida students deserve the opportunity to pursue a high-quality postsecondary education that prepares them to effectively participate in the 21st century knowledge-based global economy. College is a public good. Postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment are critical to a just and equitable society, strong democracy, robust economy, and healthy communities. The Talent Pipeline Team coordinates partnerships between post- secondary advisors, and high school career/college advisors. These collaborations include the goal of increasing the number of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completions in Polk County. For the coming year the Team has determined its work to include: 1. Advise and support the Local College Access Network in the development of a strategic plan aimed at creating a pipeline of well trained, skilled, and credentialed individuals prepared to meet current and emerging industry needs. The plan will encompass both high school to post-secondary as well as students who may have previously stopped out of a program. Jesse Jackson, Ph.D. Lake Wales Charter District Betsy Levingston Community Volunteer committed to ensuring all Floridians have the opportunity to achieve an education beyond high school and prosper in Florida’s dynamic economy. Their mission is to create and sustain a statewide network of communities to increase college and career preparation, access, and completion for all Florida students. They have established a Florida Goal 2025: For 60% of working-age Floridians to hold a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential by the year 2025. Polk Vision joined the statewide network as the representative organization serving Polk County recognizing that FCAN’s guiding values align with the work of our Education Teams: Marc Hutek, Ph. D. Polk County Public Schools Larry Madrid Madrid Engineering Group Sean Malott Central Florida Development Council Naomi Boyer, Ph.D. Co-Chair Polk State College Alaina Johnson Co-Chair Lakeland Regional Health Melony Bell Polk County BoCC Alan Black McKeel Academy Lori Martini GiveWell Community Foundation Nelson Marquez Webber International University Cindy McCalla City of Lakeland Phil Minden Bartow Regional Medical Center Penny Borgia United Way of Central Florida Devyn Montalvo Webber International University Amy Bratten, Ph.D. Southeastern University Laquiera Nottage Polk County Public Schools Sarah Breed Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Brooke Paquette Saint Leo University Brett Butler Polk County Public Schools Monique Byrd Polk County Public Schools Stacy Campbell- Domineck Career Source Polk Trish Pfeiffer City of Bartow Nilda Soto Polk County Public Schools India Sukhraj Florida Polytechnic University Chad Tagtow Citizens Bank & Trust Carly Evans Keiser University Paizley Whidden Warner University 2. Finalize research on the employability skills gap and create and pilot a program in response to the stated needs of local industry. Kyle Fedler Florida Southern College Lynn Wilson Polk County School Board 3. Barbara Hammock Community Volunteer Lindsay Zimmerman Central Florida Development Council Convene industry specific forums, in conjunction with Central Florida Development Council, and area Chambers to gather information and engage businesses in the talent pipeline dialogue.