Helios Education Foundation Helps The College Resource Center In Northern Arizona Increase Number of Arizonans Attending College

Posted on: October 28, 2011

Navigating the pathways to colleges, universities and technical and vocational schools can be a dense maze of paperwork, standardized tests and financial worry. The Northern Arizona College Resource Center helps students and adults interested in pursuing post-secondary education through a new partnership with Helios Education Foundation and the Arizona Community Foundation.

The NACRC received a $104,500 grant from Helios Education Foundation to be administered by the Arizona Community Foundation over the next year. These funds are potentially renewable over the following two years and will fund the NACRC during that time as well as allow for an evaluation of the project.

The Helios grant will provide the NACRC with the ability to pay for the director and media liaison positions as well as hire an Administrative Assistant and bring on two new full-time AmeriCorps positions. These staff members will not only run the center's current programs but will be able to add tutoring and expand the reach of the center and the number of clients they can offer services to.

"Helios Education Foundation is thrilled to support the Northern Arizona College Resource Center because it helps students and families plan and prepare for college," said Antonia Franco, Vice President and Program Director, Arizona Transition Years; Student, Family and Community Initiatives for Helios Education Foundation. "Initiatives like these in our community help create a college-going culture and put students on a path toward success in postsecondary education."

The NACRC offers free one-on-one advising, community workshops and school and community presentations on all aspects of the college going process including information on finding best fit schools, applications, essays, standardized tests, financing your education and a host of special topics. Services are free to both youth and adults throughout Northern Arizona.

"We couldn't be happier about working with Helios Education Foundation," said Jennifer O'Leary, the Director of the NACRC. "This opportunity will allow for us to expand our services and reach out to the community even more."

The NACRC is housed in the Flagstaff Family YMCA and opened in May 2010 with the new YMCA. Since that time, they have seen a major increase in the number of students they serve. The NACRC presents in the schools and for a variety of other community programs. They also host community workshops in the center and offer one-one- assistance to students and families.

The NACRC is located at 1001 N. Turquoise Drive in Flagstaff and can be reached by phone at (602) 688-5379, by email at, on Facebook at NACRC.Flagstaff and on Twitter at NACRC_Flagstaff.

Category: College and Career Readiness

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