[VIDEO] Arizona's Economic Imperative: Leading the Nation in Latino Student Success

Posted on: July 8, 2015

Educating every student in Arizona is essential to ensuring our state’s economic prosperity, yet a growing portion of Arizona’s future workforce is falling short of essential degree completion. This is particularly true of the fastest growing demographic in our state – the Latino population.

Helios Education Foundation believes that every student, regardless of zip code, deserves a high quality education, and especially those students from underserved and underrepresented populations. Latinos 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.

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.

Click below to watch the full video presentation. Click here to download the presentation.

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