Helios Founding Chairman Honored as Education Icon
Author: Helios Education Foundation
Vince Roig, Founding Chairman of Helios Education Foundation, was recently recognized as the 2013 Afterschool Champion by the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence. "Vince Roig's entire career has been focused on and dedicated to education," said Melanie McClintock, executive director, Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence. "His efforts have touched the lives of students at every level of the educational spectrum."
The Afterschool Champion award is given annually to an individual who represents a commitment and vision to improve the lives and education of children in our community. Roig joins an impressive list of past honorees that includes former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Lattie Coor and Eddie Basha.
"I am very humbled by this honor," Roig said.
Roig's career has been focused on helping students achieve their highest academic potential. After a short stint in the classroom, Roig found his calling through working to help students finance their postsecondary education as a financial aid officer and then through providing student loans at Southwest Student Services Corporation. And today, he continues to work on behalf of students.
"Through Helios Education Foundation, I am able to continue my commitment to ensuring students have the opportunity to succeed in postsecondary education," said Roig.
He is committed to helping develop rigorous, high expectation places of learning in Arizona and Florida so that more students will graduate ready for success in college and career. Roig also believes that students must understand whether they are academically prepared for success.
"We must stop misleading our students about their academic preparedness. It is not acceptable that our students believe they are ready for success in college and career when the fact is, a majority of them are not," said Roig.
"The research is clear. Right now, more than half of Arizona's high school graduates do not qualify to enroll in our state's public universities. In addition, nearly 60 percent of students who attend a community college require remediation. This is unacceptable," he added.
"We have to stand firm in our efforts to raise the bar for all of our students and ensure they are mastering 21st Century skills," said Roig. "And I can't overemphasize the importance of student supports like high quality afterschool programs. Students don't stop learning just because the school bell rings. Their need to be stimulated, supported and challenged continues long after school lets out."
Congratulations to Vince Roig, Arizona's 2013 Afterschool Champion.