Statement On The Florida Higher Education Coordinating Council's Adoption Of A Postsecondary Attainment Goal

Author: Helios Education Foundation

Posted on: November 29, 2016

Helios Education Foundation issued the following statement following the Florida Higher Education Coordinating Council’s Adoption of a Postsecondary Attainment Goal for the state of Florida.

“Helios Education Foundation applauds the Florida Higher Education Coordinating Council for taking the important first step of not only acknowledging the need for an agreed upon goal for postsecondary degree attainment in Florida, but for its unanimous adoption of that goal at yesterday’s meeting in Tallahassee,” said Helios Education Foundation President and CEO Paul Luna.

“The Council adopted the goal that 55% of Florida’s population ages 25 to 64 would attain a postsecondary certificate or degree by the year 2025.

As a Foundation whose mission it is to ensure that every individual in Arizona and Florida achieves a postsecondary education, we view the adoption of this goal as a  critical first step in preparing our students to pursue, persist and complete a postsecondary education, positioning them for workforce readiness and success,” Luna added.

“Research and economic forecasts have long held that by 2020, 65 percent of jobs in Florida will require some form of postsecondary education. It’s incumbent on us as education, business, philanthropic and community leaders to work toward an agreed upon goal that not only increases the number of degree holders but secures our state’s future economic viability in a global marketplace.

“We look forward to working with our partners across the PreK-12 system and the postsecondary education space in meeting this important goal.”

Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to achieve a postsecondary education. Our work is driven by our four fundamental beliefs in Community, Investment, Equity and Partnership, and we invest in initiatives across the full education continuum.  In Arizona, where Latino students comprise the largest percentage of the K-12 public school population, the Foundation is implementing its Arizona Latino Student Success initiative focused on preparing all students — especially students in high poverty, underserved Latino communities — for success. Through our Florida Regional Student Success Initiative, Helios is helping underserved, minority, first-generation students from the state’s large population centers in Miami, Orlando and Tampa achieve a postsecondary education. Since 2006, the Foundation has invested over $181 million in education programs and initiatives in both states. To learn more about our efforts, visit us online at

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