Partnerships Help College Depot Open Its Doors

Posted on: June 10, 2009

Paul Luna, talked to a crowd of over 200 during the College Depot Dedication, a unique full-service college planning center located at Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix. Community partnerships helped College Depot become a beacon of hope for high school students eager to learn about college.

The center is privately funded, offers free one-on-one assistance, family consultation and workshops on all aspects of the college planning process, from financial aid to career exploration, to anyone seeking assistance with planning for college.

"Helios Education Foundation is pleased to support College Depot because it helps families plan and prepare for college, it sheds light on the financial resources available and gets students thinking about their future," said Paul Luna, president and chief executive officer, Helios Education Foundation. "We need initiatives like College Depot in our community because it helps create a college-going culture and puts students on a path toward success in postsecondary education."

The center will feature free services including workshops for students and parents on college readiness, financial aid, career and major exploration, scholarships, college applications, personal statements, ACT and SAT test preparation; one-on-one assistance by appointment; college planning software; and appointments with university and community college counselors.

College Depot is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the city's Youth and Education Programs Office. It is privately funded by the Community Development Block Grant program, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Helios Education Foundation, USA Funds, The Dorrance Family Foundation, Arizona GEAR UP at NAU, John & Delys Ellis Fund at the Arizona Community Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, APS, SRP, Southwest Gas, Cardinals Charities, and Jean and Betty Fairfax.

To learn more about College Depot visit their website at

Category: College and Career Readiness

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