On Friday morning, Congressman Darren Soto introduced the “Direct Connect to Success Act”, legislation that looks to capitalize on the successful model of direct connect partnerships between community colleges and universities. Soto also made the announcement during Education Secretary Betsy Devos’ visit to the Osceola Valencia State College campus in Soto’s district.
The “Direct Connect to Success Act” would require each state to designate one or more public universities to establish a Direct Connect program open to students of all that state’s community colleges. Direct Connect will provide graduates of a two-year community college with at least a 2.0 GPA to be guaranteed admission into a participating four-year state university.
Devos met with students at Valencia to listen to their individual experiences regarding higher learning and some of the challengers each of them faced. The Education Secretary faced one of the toughest confirmations of the Trump cabinet requiring Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tie breaking vote in her favor after some Republicans defected citing lack of public school experience.
Soto also held a roundtable at the same campus earlier this year with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The direct connect program between Valencia College and UCF is one of the most popular choices for higher education in the region.
“Direct Connect is a commonsense win for hardworking students and our economy, and I’ll be working to build support for it in Congress.” said Soto “We need to expand access to higher education for all Americans. The Direct Connect program serves as a model for the nation to boost our economy and allow families to pursue the American Dream!”