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College Preparatory Academy Helps Create A College-Going Culture In Globe, Miami and San Carlos

Posted on: October 5, 2009

(Phoenix, AZ) - Oct 5, 2009. Helios Education Foundation and Signal Peak Community Foundation are working to prepare students for postsecondary education success and the 21st century workforce through the Southern Gila County College Preparatory Academy (SGC-CPA). Although the SGC-CPA is located in Globe, AZ, this unique partnership serves as a regional resource for students, teachers, parents and the school districts in the communities of Globe, Miami, San Carlos and at Holy Angels School.

With recent data on graduation and attrition rates as well as statistics on declining college applications and lower than average success rates in Globe, Miami and San Carlos, the CPA is focused on creating a college-going culture in those communities through academic enrichment and career exploration. CPA programs are aimed at K-12 students. The academy’s initiatives all work together to ensure that students are academically, financially and socially prepared for postsecondary education.

“Helios Education Foundation’s investments continue to support initiatives across the education continuum, including programs like the Southern Gila County College Preparatory Academy, which has the ultimate goal of creating opportunities for students to achieve postsecondary education success,” said Foundation President and CEO Paul Luna. “It is so important for us to partner with initiatives that foster a college going culture and provide guidance and resources not only for students, but parents, teachers and the whole community.”

The CPA is engaging students and connecting the dots with existing strategies that have a proven track record of success. Through regional programming, students in the 2nd and 3rd grades in the Globe and San Carlos school districts are participating in the MAC-Ro program created through the Rodel Foundation. This program supplements the district’s math curriculum in order to ensure complete coverage of the Arizona State Standards in mathematics.

The top 30 percent of students in the 3rd and 4th grades in all three school districts will also have an opportunity to participate in hands-on, motivational activities and simulations that will help them develop their verbal, nonverbal and quantitative cognitive skills. Additionally, the top 30 percent of teacher recommended students in the 5th through 8th grades will have the opportunity to participate in the CPA magnet program, which ties career exploration with the program’s curriculum.

“The Southern Gila County College Preparatory Academy is an educational innovation. With the full support of all three public school districts and Holy Angels School, we have the opportunity to make a positive impact on student’s goals and aspirations early on and help them chart a course for success,” said Dean of the Southern Gila County College Preparatory Academy, Tamara Glinski.

High school students can also take advantage of Advance Placement programming across all three school districts with a focus on academic preparedness and increased student performance on college entrance exams. Students also receive college counseling, support on college readiness, including academic, social and financial advice as well as advice on career opportunities. In addition, the Southern Gila County College Preparatory Academy aims to impact the entire high school populations by offering regional college readiness activities such as a Postsecondary Education Fair on November 3 and a Financial Aid Night on November 9 in partnership with the County School Superintendent, Gila County Schools Superintendant, Dr. Linda O’Dell.

“With the help of Helios I believe we are making a difference in the lives of the young people of our entire community. The College Preparatory Academy is that shining example of cooperation among multiple districts, communities, organizations and educators to make that difference in the education of our young people and ensure their academic success. As a business owner and President of Signal Peak I am proud of what we have accomplished in a short time and I know we are making the future brighter for our kids and our community,” said Board President of Signal Peak Community Foundation Mickie Nye.

The CPA will be implementing its research-based plans over the next 18 months with the goal of helping students become better prepared for postsecondary education.

About Helios Education Foundation
Helios Education Foundation is the largest philanthropic organization serving Arizona and Florida focused solely on education. The Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals in Arizona and Florida by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education, and its community investments are made across three impact areas: Early Childhood Education, the Transition Years (grades 5-12) and Postsecondary Education. Since inception in 2004, Helios Education Foundation has invested over $66 million into education-related programs and initiatives in both states. For more information, visit the Foundation online at www.helios.org.

About College Preparatory Academy
The Southern Gila County College Preparatory Academy promotes and prepares students for postsecondary opportunities and 21st century workforce skills, focusing on three core values: Character, Performance and Achievement. Serving three public school districts in Globe, San Carlos and Miami in addition to Holy Angels School, the Southern Gila County College Preparatory Academy provides programming for students in Kindergarten through 12th grades. The primary focus of programming in grades K-8 focuses on academic enrichment and career exploration, while high school programming ensures students are academically, financially and socially prepared to enter higher education institutions. For more information call 928-402-6075.

About Signal Peak Community Foundation
Signal Peak Community Foundation’s mission is to provide hope and create possibility and purpose for children, adults and elderly by educating those we serve, enriching the lives of citizens with programs and activities and to strengthen families in our common community, from San Carlos through Globe to Miami. In all of this Signal Peak Community Foundation will serve humbly and with hospitality as the heart of the community for generations to come. Signal Peak Community Foundation values the communities’ youth and as such is a local community based education foundation charged with the growth and development of the Southern Gila County College Preparatory Academy and its mission and goals.

Category: College and Career Readiness, Postsecondary Completion

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