Maricopa Community College District (MCCD) has named Vince Roig, Helios Education Foundation’s Founding Chairman, as its 2014 Hero of Education. Vince was honored at the Heroes of Education dinner where he was recognized for his decades-long leadership in helping thousands of students succeed in education.
As part of his remarks, Vince discussed the continued academic disparity among low-income and Latino students in Arizona at a time when more jobs will require some form of postsecondary education. He announced a new Helios investment of $2 million in partnership with Maricopa Community College District focused on ensuring more Latino students achieve a college degree.
“I am very humbled and honored to receive the 2014 Heroes of Education award and to be joining a list of well-respected previous award winners who have made a difference in the education landscape in Arizona,” said Roig. “While I am encouraged by everything that has been done to better prepare Arizona’s students for the future, I am concerned about the growing disparity in the academic achievement of our Latino students.”
“With Helios’ new partnership with Maricopa Community College District, we are putting a stake in the ground around the importance of ensuring all students have the opportunity to succeed because their academic success will determine the future economic success of Arizona,” Roig said.
In a recent report by the Center on Education and the Workforce at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, researchers predict a 16 percent growth in jobs in Arizona by the year 2020, but a majority of those jobs will require some college education or higher.
Nationally, 65 percent of all jobs will require some form of postsecondary education and training by 2020, according to that same report.
In its Dropped report, the Morrison Institute of Public Policy at Arizona State University indicates that 65 percent of Latino adults in Arizona have no education beyond high school.
“With this new investment, the partnership between the Maricopa Community College District and Helios Education Foundation is strengthened with the ultimate goal of ensuring that all students achieve a postsecondary education,” said Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Maricopa Community College District.
“We are grateful for Helios’ vision and commitment to enabling us to provide comprehensive academic supports for students that will help them realize their dreams of attaining a college degree,” Harper-Marinick said.
This new partnership with MCCD is part of Helios Education Foundation’s larger commitment to support postsecondary completion initiatives that help all students pursue, persist and achieve a postsecondary degree, but especially underserved students and other students from underrepresented populations.
The partnership includes comprehensive student supports and resources, such as financial assistance, mentoring and academic support, opportunities for parent and family engagement, academic planning and other services.
Students will be engaged throughout their community college experience with supports toward Associate’s degrees and/or certificate completion, as well as transition into baccalaureate degree granting institutions.
The partnership will initially focus on two Maricopa colleges over the next three years.
About Maricopa Community Colleges
The Maricopa Community College system includes 10 colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain. It also includes a Corporate College, the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes.
About Helios Education Foundation
Helios Education Foundation is focused on creating opportunities for individuals to succeed in postsecondary education by advancing the academic preparedness of all students and fostering a high-expectation, college-going culture in Arizona and Florida. The Foundation focuses its investments across the education continuum in three key impact areas: Early Grade Success, College and Career Readiness and Postsecondary Completion.
As an engaged foundation, embedded in communities across both states, the Foundation is contributing its expertise and financial resources to better prepare students for college and career and to compete successfully in a globally-competitive economy. Since 2006, Helios has invested over $140 million in education-related programs and initiatives in Arizona and Florida. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.helios.org, or join us on facebook, twitter and youtube.