NALEO Arizona Statewide Policy Institute Focuses on Equipping Students for the Workforce

Author: Helios Education Foundation

October 23, 2018

Recently, NALEO Educational Fund held a Statewide Policy Institute focused on workforce development.  The Institute provided policymakers with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge around current workforce issues and discuss various approaches to strengthen their community’s workforce development strategies.  

The Statewide Policy Institute is part of a broader partnership between Helios Education Foundation and NALEO that is working to establish a public policy academy for Arizona elected officials. The academy provides policymakers with the content knowledge and governance skills needed to promote innovative and successful policies toward improving educational outcomes for Arizona students.  

“Helios is proud to support NALEO to bring together our elected leaders to focus on key issues such as workforce development and student success,” said Vince Yanez, Senior Vice President, Arizona Community Engagement, Helios Education Foundation.  “We are already seeing increased collaboration and focus on ensuring all Arizona students have access to a high-quality education.  The ultimate goal for this partnership is to create opportunities for Arizona’s students to be college-ready, matriculate from high school and enroll and complete a postsecondary education.”  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total labor force in Arizona is comprised of more than three million people, with Latinos accounting for over one-third of the workforce.  As the largest demographic group in Arizona’s K-12 schools, the economic success of Latinos in the current and future workforce in intrinsically tied to the economic prosperity of the state.  Therefore, the decisions made today by policymakers about how to best prepare students in the K-12 pipeline for these workforce transitions will result in long lasting economic effects for the state. 

Participants at the Institute explored such topics as workforce trends, the digital economy, employment strategies, job training and readiness, and policy implications.  

“The conversations at the Policy Institute were robust and focused on short and long-term strategies to help prepare and propel Latinos in the labor market,” said Vince Yanez, Senior Vice President, Arizona Community Engagement, Helios Education Foundation.  “There was also significant emphasis on the preparation of K-12 students and we can increase the student success and transition to the workforce.”

To learn more about the NALEO Educational Fund Public Policy Academy, please visit:

Helios Education Foundation and NALEO Educational Fund to Help Policymakers Focus on Latino Student Success

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