Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) May 16, 2013
Steven R. Helfgot, Ed.D., President/CEO of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, has been honored by the Victoria Foundation as a “Champion of Education.” Dr. Helfgot is being recognized for his commitment to campaigning for resources in support of the advancement of education and the creation of educational opportunities for youth, and especially for minority youth.
The Victoria Foundation is a unique Community Development Foundation that supports education in the Latina/Latino Community. The Foundation provides micro-grants to local organizations that improve the status of Latinos in Arizona through affordable housing/ economic development, education/scholarships, arts/culture, and international exchange and faith based activities.
“There is no investment more valuable to a community than education,” said Pete Garcia, President of the Victoria Foundation. “Students at higher learning institutions create ideas and have discussions that shape the future. Dr. Helfgot – whose mission it is to make education accessible for all – is to be commended for his dedication to educating youth, adults and students of all ages.”
Steven R. Helfgot is a community college educator with more than forty years of experience. He previously held positions at Cerritos College in California and at Oakton Community College in the Chicago suburbs. Helfgot has an A.B. degree in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.A. in Counselor Education from Northwestern University and an Ed.D Degree in Counselor Education from Northern Illinois University.
Helfgot has served on the Board of the National Council for Student Development (NCSD) of the American Association of Community Colleges, been president of the Illinois College Personnel Association, and is a past Chair of Commission XI (Student Development in the Two-Year College) of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
Additionally, he has served as a board member for the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC) and the Arizona Chapter of the American Jewish Committee (AJC).
He currently serves (ex officio) on the Board of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and is a Board Member of the Arizona Region of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and of the US Airways Education Foundation. Additionally he serves as a member of the National Community College Advisory Committee for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Outstanding Leadership Award from Commission XI of the American College Personnel Association in 1988; a Paragon Award from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations in 1989; the President's Award in 1990 from the National Council on Student Development (NCSD); NCSD’s Achievement of Excellence Award in 2006; and the Al Brooks Community Leadership Award from the ADL in 2007.
About the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation
The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization designated by the Maricopa County Community College District to receive and manage gifts on behalf of its 10 colleges. The Foundation’s vision is to ensure educational access, opportunity, and excellence and to enrich individuals, communities and the economy in Maricopa County. In 2010 – 11, the Foundation awarded more than 2,700 scholarships, totaling $1,794,003.
The Maricopa Community College system includes 10 regionally accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain. It also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes.