As part of Governor Ron DeSantis’ challenge to move Florida from No. 24 to No. 1 in the nation for its workforce by 2030, the College of Central Florida has implemented the new Last Mile Completion Program to help students return to college who left with only 12 or fewer credit hours remaining of completing their first degree.
Students face a number of challenges throughout life that can cause them not to finish their degree. Dr. James Henningsen, president of CF, and the other 27 college presidents in the Florida College System recognize this and are advocating that the State Board of Education and legislature support this initiative by funding this new program.
“A strong workforce is vital to the success of any community, and what makes it strong is the education and skills level of those who comprise it,” said Henningsen. “As a college system it is important that we do everything in our power to help students complete that last stretch in reaching their higher education goals. The Last Mile Completion Program will serve to ensure students who are close to completing their programs do so and become the professionals that employers need.”
To participate in the Last Mile Completion Program and qualify for the FinishSmart@CF Scholarship a student must:
- be a Florida resident for tuition purposes
- have attended CF within the past eight years
- have not attended CF within the last two semesters
- have completed a Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) demonstrating financial need
- meet financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
- be within 12 credit hours of completing their first degree.
For more information, visit www.CF.edu/LastMile or call 352-873-5800, ext. 1379.