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Florida College System Council of Presidents Launch the Patriot’s Path Program

February 20, 2020

Courtesy of the Florida College System ‎Council of Presidents

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida College System ‎Council of Presidents (COP) are continuously elevating methods to advance the educational and workforce ‎experience for veterans and active duty military members and their families. The COP and ‎State Rep. Mel Ponder announced Feb. 20 the creation of the Patriot’s Path program, which will help ‎veterans and active duty members to have the most accessible and affordable educational options. Each ‎college will have services and programs that reflect their community’s needs. A few examples of the baseline ‎services and programs that can be expected within the Patriot’s Path program are:

  • Waive out-of-state tuition fees for affordability
  • Obtain credit for skills and knowledge gained in the military to accelerate workforce entry
  • Help veterans navigate their path through the process of their education benefits
  • Provide career center access for employment information and workforce assistance ‎

‎”The Patriot’s Path provides a tremendous framework for active duty members and veterans. I am so honored ‎to be carrying HB 171 that complements the vision of Patriot’s Path,” said Representative Mel Ponder. ‎‎“Making higher education more affordable for active duty members and our veterans is critical to help them ‎transition back into society and to continue strengthening Florida’s workforce.”‎

A top priority for the COP is to help ensure that members of the military can have the greatest accessibility ‎possible to earn their higher education credentials as they transition into civilian life, and the Patriot’s Path ‎program will function with that exact mission in mind. ‎

About the Florida College System Council of Presidents

 The Florida College System Council of Presidents is the collective body on issues and matters of concern to Florida’s public ‎college system and will provide information, as it deems appropriate, to the State and Federal Executive and Legislative ‎branches and to the Chancellor of the Florida College System, the Commissioner of Education, the State Board of ‎Education and other public and private entities and individuals as appropriate.‎

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Patriot's Path ceremony


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