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Early childhood learning dominates Tampa business summit

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06/17/2018

Business, economic development and education leaders as well as elected officials from across the state were in Tampa this week for the Learners to Earners summit hosted by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The two-day conference focused on early learning initiatives that could bolster the state’s “cradle to workforce” pipeline.
 

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Rise to 55 campaign sets ambitious goals for education, jobs

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01/02/2018

“Rise to 55 by 2025” is a new campaign Florida education and industry leaders hope you tune into and participate in this year. The initiative is aimed at Floridians between the ages of 25 and 64 years old who want to work in Florida and stay competitive in the state’s fast-paced global economy. 

Florida’s Higher Education Coordinating Council which includes the Department of Education, The Florida College System, The State University System, Enterprise Florida, The Manufacturers Association of Florida, and Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida launched the initiative with national backing from supportive educational foundations including Lumina Foundation, Helios Education Foundation and CareerSource Florida.

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20 names to know in education: Paul J. Luna

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05/26/2017

Paul Luna is the President and CEO of Helios Educaiton Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals in Arizona and Florida by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education. The Foundation strategically invests in programs and initiatives which address some of the most critical issues affecting education today.

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Helios Education Foundation Awards $1.6 Million To Fund Dual Language Learning

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09/29/2016

Helios Education Foundation announced today a $1.6 million investment awarded to Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP), in partnership with Orange County Public Schools and Arizona State University, to provide dual language learning opportunities to Voluntary Pre-K students in 11 Orlando-area classrooms. Students in these classrooms will receive instruction 50 percent of the time in English and 50 percent of the time in Spanish, culminating in dual language comprehension and fluency.

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TCC Receives Donation Over $27000 from Florida College Foundation

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09/22/2016

Tallahassee Community College received a big donation from the Florida College System Foundation. This year's donation to the TCC Foundation included $10,922 from Florida Blue for nursing and allied health scholarships, $11,338 from the Helios Education Foundation for scholarships for first-generation-in-college students, and $5,127 from Bank of America for the Dream Makers Scholarship.

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Helios Education Foundation Invests In the College Football Playoff Foundation's xtra Yard for Teachers

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09/21/2016

Extra Yard for Teachers, the primary philanthropic initiative of the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation, in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, have pledged $1 million to help fund education programs in the Tampa Bay area that focus on early childhood success, promote a college-going culture, as well as recognize extraordinary teachers. Today, that goal came one step closer to reality with the announcement of a $300,000 contribution from Helios Education Foundation.

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FIU, UCF & USF Partnership Scores an “A” for Accelerating Success in Higher Education!

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09/19/2016

In its first full year, the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, a partnership between Florida International University, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida delivered key achievements on their collaborative efforts.

For example, members of the career readiness team designed a Virtual Career Fair program that brought 70 employers including AT & T, Verizon and The Mayo Clinic along with over 1800 students/alumni for over 700 career related discussions. Campus workshops and career resources that were specific to each campus were also made available to all students from Florida Consortium universities. The Florida Consortium partnered with Helios Education Foundation, Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Kresge Foundation to support inter-campus collaboration, fund investigative research and advance proposals. 

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The Most Important Thing to Know About Early Education Funding: Think Locally

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06/15/2016

Inside Philanthropy looks at foundations funding early education on the local level, including Helios Education Foundation's support to Arizona pre-K groups that focus on two-way immersion and English/Spanish literacy. Over 43 percent of children in Arizona are Hispanic, and many of them come from homes where Spanish is the primary language. Dual-language programs are a bit hit in the Southwest these days, significantly more so than in other major metropolitan areas.

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Tampa partners launch LEAP, network to increase postsecondary degree attainment in Hillsborough County

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06/04/2016

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay joined numerous public and private community stakeholders to launch LEAP, Hillsborough’s College Access Network. LEAP is the ninth local college access network in Florida and is supported in part by a grant from the Lumina Foundation, which is funding work to increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials in 75 communities across the county.

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Creating Opportunities for Success: Helios Education Foundation Annual Report

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04/18/2016

Helios Education Foundation's Creating Opportunities for Success – 2015 Annual Report celebrates the success of students impacted through initiatives in Arizona and Florida. Helios invested nearly $12 million in programs impacting education, including supporting the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities to create a unique collaboration among the University of South Florida, University of Central Florida and Florida International University that will impact thousands of first-generation, minority and underrepresented students in Florida's three largest metropolitan areas. ‪

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Dr. Stacy Carlson appointed President & CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network

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03/15/2016

Florida Philanthropic Network board of directors has announced the appointment of its next President & CEO Stacy Carlson, Ph.D. Carlson was selected after a comprehensive national search led by FPN’s executive search committee along with talent management consultancy Career Partners International. She will assume responsibilities April 11.

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