College & Career Readiness
Arizona ACT District Choice State Test - Year Six
Funding of the ACT District Choice State Test in Arizona provides 14 school districts across Arizona with data and tools to support the development of college- and career-ready students. More than 82,000 students have taken the ACT as part of this initiative over the last six years.
Arizona Community Foundation
Northern Arizona College Resource Center
The Northern Arizona College Resource Center strives to increase the number of students who apply for, are admitted to and attend college by providing the technical assistance, guidance and referrals students and their families need to ensure postsecondary education success. A part of the Center’s focus is to improve the college-going rates on five Native American reservations and the schools that serve them in Northern Arizona, where the college-going rates are much lower than the state average.
Arizona Science Center
STEM Teaching and Learning Continuum – Planning Phase
Helios has partnered with the Arizona Science Center to improve classroom instruction in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas. Helios investment supports a planning phase to help the districts design teaching practices and learning opportunities across the education continuum that integrate critical college-and-career ready skills, such as problem-solving, critical-thinking and collaboration.
Arizona Technology Council
Arizona SciTech Festival
Helios Education Foundation's funding is helping support the annual Arizona SciTech Festival which hosts a series of events, workshops, conversations, exhibitions and debates that showcase how science, technology and innovation can drive communities in the future.
College for Every Student
CFES STEM Program: Tampa Bay Area
College for Every Student works to increase the number of underserved youth pursuing STEM in college and career. The program strives to serve a minimum of 175 low-income students in grades 6-12 in the Tampa Bay area throughout four districts over three years. A key objective is to increase interest, knowledge and skills within STEM fields.
Metropolitan Education Commission
Regional College Access Center
The Metropolitan Education Commission’s establishment of a Regional College Access Center (RCAC) continues its mission to improve accessibility and success for Arizona college students in Pima County, Arizona. The initiative focuses on low-income and first-generation college students. RCAC aids in preparing students and providing funding for college, in helping them advance toward graduation and in supporting workforce development.
Tucson Festival of Books
Science City Sponsorship
Science City is a part of the annual Tucson Festival of Books hosted on the University of Arizona campus. Science City’s purpose is to expand the public view of STEM and engage individuals in the importance and relevancy of STEM in everyday life. The pavilion is filled with enriching, hands-on activities, exhibits, lectures and shows all related to science and technology.
University of Arizona Foundation
Native SOAR – Student Outreach, Access and Resiliency
The Native American SOAR program is a mentoring and service learning program focused on Native American high school students who will be mentored by Native American graduate students from the University of Arizona. Native SOAR is a three-year project that is empowering and preparing Native American youth living in Tucson and the surrounding Native American Reservation communities for higher education access and success. The goal is to increase the number of Native American students who pursue and complete high school and higher education.
University of South Florida
Florida College Access Network Capacity Building and Network Development Project
The Florida College Access Network (Florida CAN) is Florida’s first collaborating network of national, state and local groups committed to increasing the number of working adults who hold a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential. Florida CAN works toward engaging communities in higher education through the promotion of programs and policy changes that can improve college-preparation, access and completion for underrepresented, limited-income and first-generation students.
University of South Florida Foundation
Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program: Transforming STEM Teacher Preparation for the Transition Years
The Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program: Transforming STEM Teacher Preparation for the Transition Years is a collaborative partnership between Helios Education Foundation, the University of South Florida’s colleges of Education and Arts and Sciences and Hillsborough County Public Schools to build a teacher preparation pipeline that will place 80 STEM teachers in Hillsborough County public middle schools by 2017.
Yuma Union High School District
Ready Now Yuma
Ready Now Yuma is a multi-year partnership between Helios Education Foundation and Yuma Union High School District in Yuma, Arizona, to ensure that every student is challenged, supported and prepared to succeed in college and career. The Ready Now Yuma evaluation and communication investment provides additional resources to Yuma Union High School District to implement an evaluation plan as well as further expand Ready Now Yuma’s communications and community engagement activities.