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Complete Florida offers degree opportunities for adult learners

Updated: Monday, July 14 2014, 03:14 PM CDT
Pensacola, Fla. – July 14, 2014 –
The University of West Florida Innovation Institute is leading Complete Florida, a legislatively funded online program for adults who have earned some college credit but stopped
out before earning a degree.
By
2018, approximately 59 percent of the jobs in Florida will require
postsecondary credentials beyond a high school diploma.
With this in mind, the State University System of Florida, the Florida
College System and the Florida Legislature have made it a priority to
increase the percentage of Floridians with a postsecondary credential. Complete
Florida addresses this critical gap in our postsecondary landscape, with priority given to veterans and active duty military.
“Complete
Florida’s goal is to get adults back to school and help them meet their
educational and professional goals through
personalized coaching, concierge-based wraparound support systems and
accelerated program completion,” said Dr. Pam Northrup, executive
director of UWF Innovation Institute. “Ultimately, we want to connect
graduates with job opportunities in Florida.”
Complete
Florida offers more than 50 fully online, flexible and accelerated
degree programs and certificates ranging from information
technology to health care to business. Currently, 11 state and private
institutions in Florida have partnered with Complete Florida, including
UWF, Barry University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida
International University, Florida State College at Jacksonville,
Hodges University, Indian River State College, Palm Beach Atlantic
University, St. Petersburg State College, St. Thomas University,
University of Central Florida.
UWF currently offers three degree programs through Complete Florida, including a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology,
a Bachelor of Science in Workforce and Program Development and a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Coaching
and extensive support systems are hallmarks of the Complete Florida
program. Personal coaches act as student advocates
working to integrate students’ existing college credit and prior
learning experiences into their program of study. Complete Florida’s
personal learning coaches help students fit courses into busy schedules
and align skills and interests to programs and jobs,
putting them on a personalized path to a college degree. 
Scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available for qualified students. For additional information, visit www.completeflorida.org.Complete Florida offers degree opportunities for adult learners


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