Stakeholders worry that economic gaps could grow if degree attainment does not increase.

degree-attainmentEducating every student in Arizona is essential to ensuring the state’s economic prosperity, yet a growing portion of Arizona’s future workforce is falling short of essential degree attainment, a group of Arizona stakeholders said. This is particularly true of the fastest growing demographic in the state – the Latino population.

Arizona has an opportunity to lead the nation in closing the Latino student achievement gap and secure a future where every student, regardless of zip code, is prepared to succeed and become an active contributor to the state’s viable and growing economy.

Vince Roig, Founding Chairman of Helios Education Foundation, Dr. Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University and Paul J. Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation addressed these issues to local business and community leaders at an event on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

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