Helios Education Foundation Breaks Ground On New Education Campus

Author: Helios Education Foundation

Posted on: September 27, 2017

Flanked by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and Maricopa Community College District Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick, Helios Education Foundation proudly broke ground on its new education campus today. The new building will enable unprecedented collaboration and bring together public officials, business and community leaders and educators to strengthen Helios’ core mission: to create opportunities for individuals to succeed in postsecondary education.

“This will be a gathering place for educators, policy makers, teachers and others to strategically map out big ideas, and build public and political will for key reforms that can break down barriers to a quality education,” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation.  “This education campus will enable unprecedented collaboration, and we hope it will be a point of pride for all of Arizona.”

The collaborative efforts on the campus will be focused around key initiatives, including:
•    The accessibility of high-quality early learning environments
•    Equitable school funding and resources
•    Supporting high-quality teachers
•    The need for rigorous, high expectations, college-going curriculum
•    College and career preparedness and postsecondary degree attainment

Governor Doug Ducey highlighted some key public-private partnerships between his office and Helios.  One partnership, in particular, is the K-3 Quality Initiative which will result in a K-3 Quality framework that responsibly allows Arizona to increase 3rd grade reading cut scores to actual proficiency level.  

"My office has no greater partner than Helios Education Foundation," said Governor Ducey.  "Helios has worked hand-in-hand with us in the development and implementation of several breakthrough efforts that are transforming the education landscape in Arizona, such as Achieve60AZ, Great Schools, Great Leaders, College Knowing and Going and now the K-3 Quality Initiative."

Mayor Stanton made reference to our collective commitment to equity and ensuring that all students, regardless of zip code, have access to a high-quality education.

"We know that talent is evenly distributed throughout our community but that isn't always true with opportunity,"  said Mayor Stanton. "Every student needs a shot at success.  No exceptions." 

The Helios Education Campus will foster collaboration and partnership to help create those much needed opportunities for students in Arizona and  Florida. 

Chancellor Harper-Marinick also highlighted a key partnership between the community colleges and Helios Education Foundation. 

"About 600 individuals now have an associates degree because of Helios' support through reverse transfer," said Chancellor Harper-Marinick.  

The 65,000 square foot building will include space for the Helios offices as well as space for education non-profit partners and space to host meetings/convenings for community activity.  Construction will take about 18 months and is estimated to be completed by the end of 2018.     

“Helios is making a centuries-long commitment to Arizona students and teachers, and our new campus will be an anchor for educational excellence,” said Helios Founding Chairman Vince Roig. “This investment of bricks and brilliant minds will help more students every year succeed in the knowledge economy of the future.”

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