Grant helps expand Education Foundation of Sarasota College, Career, and Life Readiness Initiative

Jan 6, 2021

The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations recently awarded the Education Foundation of Sarasota County $75,475.85 in matching funds through the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program. 

The funds support the expansion of the Education Foundation’s College, Career, and Life Readiness Initiative designed to graduate young adults with a plan and purpose for their lives after high school. 

The state has identified that the fastest-growing jobs are those that require education beyond high school and has set a goal of 60% of working-age Floridians to have a high-value postsecondary certificate, degree or training by 2030. 

The Education Foundation is committed to helping achieve this goal through the College, Career, and Life Readiness housed at its four Student Success Centers—three on high school campuses and a recently opened autonomous center, LaunchPad4U, that is available to students, teachers and families outside usual school campus hours.   

Since 2000, the Consortium has employed more than $114 million in combined private and state dollars for local projects that serve low-performing students and literacy initiatives, encourage STEM and career/technical education, improve teaching quality, and/or increase graduation rates. 

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About the Education Foundation of Sarasota County                    

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County has swiftly adapted its delivery methods to continue supporting Sarasota County students, families and educators during the COVID-19 crisis. Donations to the COVID Education Relief Fund may be earmarked for specific schools at EdFoundationSRQ.com. The EFSC is an independent, philanthropic partner of Sarasota County Schools with a mission to enhance the potential of all students, promote excellence in teaching and inspire innovation in education, guided by strategic philanthropy and the belief that education changes lives.

About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations

The Consortium is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. The Consortium has 64 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Since 2002, the Consortium has facilitated more than $56 million to local education foundations through various private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.