July 18 Networking event

July 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
HCI board room
5300 W Cypress St
Tampa, FL 33607


Business & Learning Opportunities within Hillsborough’s Education System
Join the County’s Top Education Leaders

Wednesday, July 18, 2018



Come out for a special evening with Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Jeff EakinsPresident of Hillsborough Community College Dr. Ken Atwater, and Chair of the Hillsborough Early Learning Coalition Aakash Patel as they discuss the County’s education system and all the opportunities that are available for K-12 and adult higher education.

Topics will include workforce training programs, dual enrollment, magnet schools, and how local institutions can work with businesses to provide proper training assistance and career services.

This event will be an opportunity for people to understand the scope of state funded education in Hillsborough County.

It will also give business owners information on how they can work with the County to fulfill their business needs for the future.

 Dr. Ken Atwater became the seventh president of Hillsborough Community College (HCC) in 2010. Founded in 1968, HCC is currently the seventh largest community college in Florida’s state college system, serving more than 45,000 students each year at its five campuses and three centers. Dr. Atwater is also the chair of the Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), and the Museum of Science & Industry’s National Board and the CEO Council.

 Jeff Eakins has served as superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools since 2015. He and the School Board of Hillsborough County led the school district into creating a five-year strategic plan that seeks to increase high school graduation rates to 90% by 2020.

 Aakash Patel is Chairman of the The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC). He is also Founder & CEO of Elevate, a network marketing consulting firm. ELCHC is a single-county coalition and the third largest early learning coalition in the state of Florida in terms of the number of children served, service area, and funding levels.