Join Changemakers from all across Florida for 2 days of inspiration and collaboration. 

At present we plan to hold the summit as scheduled, with the hope that the situation with COVID-19 will have stabilized by May. In the meantime, we are carefully monitoring the situation with the goal to make the best decision possible as the situation continues to unfold.

The FCAN Summit is a unique experience that brings together the collective power of professionals from different sectors who are committed to ensuring every Florida student can achieve an education beyond high school and a rewarding career. The summit inspires changemakers eager to learn new approaches to meeting the complex needs of today’s students. 

I’m going to take information from the conference and work on implementing TODAY! Very few conferences have that response.” 

- 2019 Summit attendee 

Awards Luncheon Keynote Speaker

        Ashley Rhodes-Courter, MSW

        Author of: Three Little Words and Three More Words

Keynote Address: School and Community: Refuge and Resilience

Born to a single teen mother, Ashley Rhodes-Courter was placed in foster care at age 3 and endured 14 placements over nearly 10 years. It was a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer who broke through the bureaucracy that kept Ashley trapped and helped change the trajectory of her life. 

Ashley has turned pain into power, accomplishing incredible things — bestselling author of Three Little Words and Three More Words, earning a Masters degree in social work, running for the Florida State Senate, founding a nonprofit, and becoming a foster parent to more than 20 children. From adversity, Ashley became an advocate to improve the lives of children in foster care in America since the age of 14. 

She brings a unique perspective on how our schools and communities can help students in crisis find the refuge they need and build resilience. She will explain how students who experience trauma get trapped in survival mode, and what it takes to build trauma-informed classrooms, campuses and communities. And she will share how colleges across the country are building campuses that see the potential within and provide support to every student.

After the luncheon, Ashley will be available to sign her two books, which will be for sale at the Summit. 

Better Together Luncheon Keynote Speaker

  Raymond Larsen

    Keynote Address: We Are Better Together

      Having spent his entire career in the nonprofit sector in Florida, Ray Larsen has learned one thing that makes all the difference – when our community works together, we can accomplish incredible things.

      Yet we have work to do. United Way of Florida’s ALICE Report (Asset Limited, Income Constrained,

    Employed) shows that a growing number of families in our communities do not earn enough to afford basic necessities. To create lasting change, we must first understand the families that are working hard but falling behind and its impact on our students. While the economy has improved and wages are starting to rise, 3.5 million Florida households – 46%, nearly half! could not afford basic needs in 2016.

Education is still the most reliable path to economic mobility for students that live in ALICE households. By bringing organizations together – K-12, higher education, business, nonprofits and philanthropy – Ray has become a leader helping to create strategies that positively change lives. To build solutions that are effective, we must bring the best of what each of us and our organizations have to offer, work collaboratively, and take a comprehensive, interconnected approach.

The time is now to show we truly are Better Together.

Will you escape?


Getting Out of College Without Debt: 

An Escape Room

Join the first of its kind!

Immersive experience that helps students learn about financial aid in an engaging way. 

Brought to you through a collaboration of: 

  • Florida Prosperity Partnership 

  • Office of Student Financial Assistance 

  • Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators 

Make Connections

Don't miss the opportunity to share ideas with peer professionals who are passionate about student success.

“The ability to collaborate and learn about college access across the spectrum of education, non-profits, etc. I want to attend year after year!”   

- 2019 Summit attendee 

Get inspired. 

Choose from over 40 breakout sessions featuring innovative approaches

in the following focus areas: 

  • College access 

  • Postsecondary success and completion 

  • Affordability 

  • Data, research and measuring impact 

  • Career readiness and workforce development 

  • Collective impact 

  • Postsecondary pathways - NEW 

Stay current.  Learn about the latest policy developments that will impact our students. 

Get more.  Extend Your Learning!  Register for the Monday Positive Pathways Conference and get an extra day of learning, focused on serving Florida’s most vulnerable students. Visit Positive Pathways for more information. 


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Conference Information

Conference Location

Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista South

4955 Kyngs Heath Road

Kissimmee, FL 34746 USA


Florida College Access Network is an organization hosted by the University of South Florida System.

4202 E. Fowler Ave, ALN 185, Tampa, FL 33620

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