Helios Education Foundation completes education campus

Posted 1/21/21

Helios Education Foundation announces the completion of its 65,000-square-foot education campus for collaboration among education partners anchoring educational excellence in Arizona.

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Helios Education Foundation completes education campus


Helios Education Foundation announces the completion of its 65,000-square-foot education campus for collaboration among education partners anchoring educational excellence in Arizona.

The campus unites key educational partners and community leaders to strengthen Helios’ core mission, which is to enrich the lives of individuals in Arizona and Florida by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education, according to a press release.

Located 4747 N. 32nd Street in Phoenix, the campus serves as a hub and main office facilities for Helios Education Foundation as well as College Success Arizona, Achieve60AZ, Expect More Arizona, and Teach for America – Phoenix. Also, the campus includes the Vince Roig Convening Center that provides an opportunity to host education-related events and meetings for up to 200 people.

“This campus is intentionally designed to be a central gathering point to foster collaboration, inspire innovation and allow people to work side-by-side to create opportunities for all Arizona students,” said Vince Roig, Helios Education Foundation founding chairman, in a prepared statement.

“This is a place for Helios’ partners, including education organizations, policymakers and community leaders, to map out big ideas, long-term strategies and impactful investments to help break down barriers to a quality education.”

Collaborative efforts on the campus will be focused on the folowing key education priorities:

  • 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

“We are grateful for Helios Education Foundation’s partnership and support of our organization, and we believe this Campus will have tremendous impact on ensuring more students in Arizona are prepared to succeed in postsecondary education” said Rich Nickel, president/CEO, College Success Arizona, in a prepared statement.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this collaborative effort to advance educational opportunities in Arizona, and we are grateful to Helios for its partnership to help ensure all children receive an excellent education,” said Katie Tennessen Hooten, executive director, Teach for America – Phoenix, in a prepared statement.

“Our community has some big goals and aspirations for education in Arizona and Helios is committed to helping achieve the goals,” said Paul J. Luna, president/CEO, Helios Education Foundation, in a prepared statement. “We hope this campus will help us continue to collaborate in new and innovative ways to create a more equitable education system and increase student success.”

The campus, the release said, represents a long-term commitment to Arizona and is designed with an array of sustainable, energy-efficient and technologically advanced features; also showcases artwork from Arizona and Florida based artists that “reflects the richness and diversity of the two states the Foundation serves.”

Due to safety precautions around COVID-19, the campus is not open to the public at this time but is anticipated to be open and ready to host events and meetings in the summer, depending on guidelines for public gatherings from the Arizona Department of Health Services.