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Statewide Campaign Helps Students to Finish College

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A campaign aimed to re-enroll students who left college without a degree has had some success in the area.

Gulf Coast State College was one of 28 Florida colleges to participate in an initiative called "Finish Up, Florida!"

The campaign was set into motion by the Florida Department of Education in order to make it easy for former students to get back into colleges across the state.

Gulf Coast State College received a list from the FDOE of 967 students who left the school without finishing. They sent each student a personalized letter, email or phone call which urged them to go to a web site called, where they could complete a few easy steps to re-enroll.

The school helped the students by providing information specific to each individual, like the number of remaining credit hours and important information for financial aid assistance.

"Even though the campaign has been this period of time," Said Dr. Jim Kerley, GCSC President. "We've had success, but we want to continue to reach out to these students. Community colleges and state colleges like ours.. it's a commuter campus.. so, you have a lot of students that start and stop."

Gulf Coast State College believes the main reason why the initiative was such a success is because they took an individualized and personal approach.

Out of the entire state, the campaign helped just over 11 thousand students to earn a diploma.