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Helios, ASU effort to ensure Latino student success, economic growth

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  • Vince Roig/Helios Education Foundation


Helios Education Foundation is pleased to share this video highlight from a recent gathering entitled Arizona’s Economic Imperative: Ensuring Latino Student Success, featuring Dr. Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University.

At Helios Education Foundation, we believe that every student, regardless of zip code, deserves a high quality education, and especially those students from under-served and under-represented populations.

Helios, ASU effort to ensure Latino student success, economic growth LatinoStudentsHeliosASUPartnershipHPLatinos represent the fastest growing segment of the state’s population and the largest proportion of students in our K-12 public schools.

Yet, Latino student graduation rates trail that of their White peers.

According to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2020 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require some form of postsecondary education and training beyond high school.

Arizona’s coming demographic shift combined with alarming student achievement gaps and low postsecondary degree attainment rates make Latino student success an economic imperative for Arizona.

Dr. Crow’s presentation sheds light on the severity of Arizona’s current trajectory and calls for a dramatic course correction before our state finds itself out of sync with the country’s economy.

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Vince Roig, Helios Education Foundation’s founding chairman

Arizona has the opportunity to lead the nation in solving this issue and our combined efforts can serve as a blueprint for other states.

This is not just an education issue, but an economic one that will require engagement and commitment from the business, education, philanthropic and other sectors of the community.

I encourage you to watch the video in its entirety and to refer to Dr. Crow’s full presentation for additional insights. In addition, you can visit us at for more information.

Click here to view Arizona’s Economic Imperative: Latino Student Success.

Click here for a PDF of Dr. Michael Crow’s PowerPoint presentation.


Vince Roig
Helios Education Foundation, Founding Chairman

Video: Arizona’s Economic Imperative: Leading the Nation in Latino Student Success