The Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Foundation, Inc. has launched “Stronger Together,” a fundraising campaign aimed at supporting the Southwest Florida workforce and economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding will help FSW students who are facing financial hardships but are not CARES Act eligible. The campaign will also provide additional support to FSW workforce programs and provide educational opportunities to those who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“FSW is uniquely positioned to adapt to whatever training needs could potentially arise in the region in the coming months and years as we navigate the reality of the current crisis,” said Keith Callaghan, executive director, FSW Foundation.
Located in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties, FSW’s service area is the largest service area of Florida’s 28 state and community colleges.
“For the past 58 years, FSW has provided our community with an opportunity for affordable education,” said Dr. Jeff Allbritten, FSW president. “As we transition into a new economic reality, it’s clear that higher education is essential. Teaching and training are critical for the Southwest Florida community’s recovery and growth. Meeting student’s financial needs and developing new programming with supportive infrastructure becomes even more critical for FSW as we work as an economic first responder. Certificates, advanced industry knowledge, and expanded critical thinking are necessary skills in the emerging complex workforce of Southwest Florida.
To learn more about FSW’s Stronger Together campaign or to donate, visit https://foundation.fsw.edu/stronger2020/.