ORLANDO, Fla., August 25— Dr. Kathleen Plinske will open The Central Florida Education Ecosystem Database (CFEED) Summit, Thursday Sept. 21, 2023, in Orlando, Florida. Plinske, who is Valencia College’s fifth President, will speak and kick off the event at 9 am. She plans to share perspectives on ways the research and findings from the CFEED Partnership can positively impact a student’s academic journey. The Osceola Prosper project, which provides funding so that any Osceola County high school graduate can attend Valencia College should they choose, is one example.

“The Osceloa Prosper project illustrates how data analytics can be used to help students in their educational journey,” said Diana Pienaar, CFEED Director. “Findings from a CFEED report were helpful in establishing the Osceola Prosper Program for School District of Osceola County (SDOC) graduates.”

Pienaar said the CFEED Summit is a gathering meant to foster collaboration and knowledge-sharing among educators from across the Central Florida region.

CFEED members plan to offer breakout sessions to discuss discoveries from research findings about higher education transfer readiness, college major readiness, and shock events, which can assist in guiding students towards academic paths that align with their strengths. The Helios Education Foundation funds research and often requests research to answer specific questions, such as transfer readiness and chronic absenteeism.

The inaugural event will be held in Valencia College’s lakeside conference center on the West Campus in Building 8, Room 111. The CFEED Summit kicks off at 8:30 am with a continental breakfast and ends at 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided by the popular catering firm TooJays.

About Dr Plinske:

Plinkse is Valencia College’s fifth president. As a first-generation college graduate, Plinske is passionate about the role education can play in transforming the lives of students and their families, and in turn, our communities. Source: https://valenciacollege.edu/about/administration/president/media-kit.php

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About CFEED:

The CFEED partnership includes Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), School District of Osceola County (SDOC), University of Central Florida (UCF), Valencia College, and Midtown Consulting Group.  With support from Helios Education Foundation and WestEd, CFEED partners are engaged in a Collaborative Design Phase to grow organizational capacity and develop hypotheses on student readiness, through an innovative project intended to support student success all along the pre-kindergarten to postsecondary continuum. The Central Florida Education Eco System Database (CFEED) brings together four large-scale education institutions under one collaborative initiative, funded by Helios Education Foundation, to share information, identify opportunities to enhance learning and propel the educational attainment of all Central Florida students.