Partnership Grants Allow for Expansion of Booker High School College & Career Center
The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is the recipient of $60,000 in leveraged grants made possible through a partnership between Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. These funds will be used to expand the College & Career Center at Booker High School, a program developed to provide students and their parents with free services to assist with planning for education beyond high school, including:
- SAT/ ACT testing preparation;
- resume and essay writing;
- college research and completing college applications; and
- identifying scholarships and financial aid.
The Education Foundation recognizes that schools, students, and families need additional support to create and sustain the skills necessary for life after high school graduation.
“Our goal at the Education Foundation is to help create a college and career culture within our community,” explained Jennifer Vigne, President of the organization. “The enthusiasm and support for this program, along with all of the events we hosted in October as part of College Knowledge Month, underscores we are moving in the right direction.”
By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school, according to an analysis by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce. The same report indicates that if we maintain the current production rate in higher education, the U.S. will fall 5 million short of workers with postsecondary credentials needed by 2020.
“Preparing our youth for college and employment opportunities that can lead to career-path jobs is a priority for Gulf Coast,” said Mark Pritchett, president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “We are glad to see that this pilot is strategic, it’s research-based, and it complements education and workforce efforts that we already support.”
“We’re proud to bolster a culture of academic success that is vital for our community’s students,” says Roxie Jerde, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “Enabling and encouraging access to college and career resources is critical to ensure our region’s young adults go on to lead successful, independent, and vibrant lives as they transition beyond high school.”
For more information on the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and their College & Career Readiness Initiative, please visit EdFoundationSRQ.org or call 941.927.0965.