Mindset matters to preschool improvement

While Escambia County’s kindergarten readiness rate remains a flat 45%, the majority of the county’s 82 VPK providers are improving their ability to prepare 4- and 5-year-olds for school. The latest results show an early learning system that is strengthening, and on the rise.

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Kimberly Krupa
What does 'inclusive workforce development' really mean?

This month, Pensacola was selected for the inaugural cohort of the Inclusive Development Network. “Inclusion” and “economic development” don’t always go hand-in-hand. But they should. Now, more than ever, we need to create more economic developers with the skill sets, strategies, and sustainability plans to drive impactful workforce and talent alignment strategies in northwest Florida.

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Kimberly Krupa
Community-building from a math major's perspective

The past several years have been all about math in my life. I do it everyday, I learn more about it everyday, and even though it gets challenging sometimes, I push through just so I can say “I did it.” After my summer job ended this year, I wanted to work for a company that would help me acquire more professional development experience.

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Kimberly Krupa
Escambia County students leave $2M on table in potential grants

Last year, students in Escambia County left more than $2 million in Pell grants unused, all because students did not complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). That’s why Achieve Escambia is launching the Escambia County FAFSA Challenge. The goal is simple — to challenge local students and their parents to fill out a FAFSA application. It’s the No. 1 ticket to higher education.

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Kimberly Krupa
Meet our new Manager, M.J. Ziemba

This week we were thrilled to welcome our new manager, M.J. Ziemba to the Achieve Escambia partnership. M.J. comes to Achieve Escambia with four decades of experience in education. Most recently, she spent 15 years managing the Florida Inclusion Network, where she is most proud of founding the Peer Support Project.

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Jill Thomas
Achieve Escambia saves 3-year-old program

Being an educator is tremendously fulfilling and challenging at the same time. I have the pleasure of serving our community as principal of C. A. Weis Elementary Community Partnership School. If you don’t know about us, we’re located in the heart of Pensacola … not too far from the intersection of Pace Boulevard and Fairfield Drive.

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Jill Thomas
Achieve Escambia announces major Florida Blue investment

Achieve Escambia is an organization committed to reducing disparities in education and workforce readiness outcomes. Using a structured form of collaboration, a focus on shared data, and continuous improvement tools, Achieve Escambia partners engage in strategies that yield program and service efficiencies and create innovative ways of working together to achieve more equitable results for learners of all ages and backgrounds.

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Jill Thomas
Student success rooted in healthy families

If we want our young people to be ready for kindergarten, to excel in elementary reading and math, graduate high school on time and be prepared to enter the workforce, we’ve got to work together to make sure they’re healthy. And there’s a lot of opportunity for improvement across Escambia County.

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Jill Thomas