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Program Looks to Improve College Student Completion Rates in Florida

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.

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“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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