Latino Student Success Community Convening

Posted on: June 24, 2015

Recently Helios Education Foundation and Raza Development Fund convened representatives from a cross-section of our community to engage in a vital conversation about Arizona’s economic development and the future of our state’s workforce.

Census and other research data tell us that, nationally, the Hispanic population is growing faster than the non-Hispanic, White population. While Latinos represent 17 percent of the total United States population; they constitute over 30 percent of Arizonans[1]. Additionally, at 44 percent, Latino children make up the largest proportion of Arizona’s population of children, and there are more Latino children than White children in the state’s public schools[2]. The monumental demographic shift in Arizona’s population requires our leaders to reconsider how we are preparing the largest proportion of our state’s students, Latino students, to lead Arizona successfully into the future.

For a large number of Latino students, postsecondary education starts at Maricopa Community Colleges, making the community college system an integral component of their success and our state’s future economic growth.

We must keep community conversations like this one at the forefront of our work. We must ensure that all students, regardless of zip code, have access to a high-quality education. We must close the Latino student achievement gap to ensure our state’s future economic prosperity.

[1] 2013 Arizona Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau.

[2] Arizona Department of Education, October 1, 2014 enrollment count.

Category: Postsecondary Completion

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