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Office of Community Outreach
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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard, South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565 

Office Hours:
Monday: Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: (239) 590-1258
Fax: (239) 590-1272

Attain to Retain Conference


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For a host of reasons, men and women of color are far less likely than their white and Asian peers to earn college degrees. A recent study by the College Board determined that, as of 2008, only 16 percent of Latino and 28 percent of African-American men ages 25 to 34 had obtained an associate degree or higher. That compares with 44 percent of white men and 70 percent of Asian men. Similarly, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of 2010, only 10 percent of Latina, 6 percent Asian and 11 percent of African-American females had obtained an associate degree or higher. That compares with 66 percent of white females.

The Attain to Retain Conference aims to help narrow these gaps by assisting college-age under-represented students to understand the challenges they face and the critical need to overcome those challenges if they are to succeed in college and beyond. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk with a panel of distinguished experts who will offer them coping strategies and direction geared to helping them be successful in college.

The conference, which takes place on Saturday, February 9th, 2019 from 9:00 to 3:00 at Sugden Hospitality Management Ballroom 114, and is free and open to all students from the following institutions:

  • Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee County High Schools
  • Barry University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida Southwestern State College
  • Hodges University
  • Keiser University
  • Rasmussen College

It takes place Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at Florida Gulf Coast University from 9:00AM-3:00PM. The location is to be announced. For more information, contact the Office of Community Outreach at 239-590-1258 or

Register for Attain to Retain Conference