By 2020, 65 per­cent of jobs in the Unit­ed States are pro­ject­ed to require a post­sec­ondary edu­ca­tion that will lead to cre­den­tials, cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and degrees. With increas­ing glob­al com­pe­ti­tion, Arizona’s invest­ment in human tal­ent will have a direct bear­ing on future eco­nom­ic pros­per­i­ty and qual­i­ty of life.”

 Source: George­town Cen­ter on Edu­ca­tion and the Work­force Analy­sis

Checkered Flag Run Foundation is now HeroZona Foundation

Hero­zona Foun­da­tion is a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that offers under-served stu­dents and vet­er­ans with entre­pre­neur­ship, employ­ment, and edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties through our pro­grams and events.


The mis­sion of Hero­zona Foun­da­tion is to pro­vide diverse edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams that impact under-served stu­dents and vet­er­ans. We believe by pro­vid­ing access to qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties that every stu­dent and Vet­er­an can cross the “fin­ish line”.


  1. Devel­op and invest in edu­ca­tion, spe­cif­ic to school readi­ness tools, and mul­ti­ple career path­ways to increase career aspi­ra­tions that dri­ve Arizona’s work­force
  2. Raise aware­ness and increase stu­dent, and par­ent knowl­edge and involve­ment in diverse edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties that have a pos­i­tive and impact on edu­ca­tion­al attain­ment
  3. Pro­mote diverse learn­ing expe­ri­ence for stu­dents that sup­port nec­es­sary 21st-cen­tu­ry skills

A high school diplo­ma is increas­ing­ly becom­ing a min­i­mum require­ment for even entry-lev­el posi­tions. 2012, Man­pow­er study shows not enough stu­dents grad­u­ate from high school- 78 per­cent of Ari­zona stu­dents grad­u­ate but strug­gle to get jobs that enable eco­nom­ic self-suf­fi­cien­cy.  And those who choose a post-sec­ondary option are unpre­pared for col­lege and the work­force. Stu­dents aren’t gain­ing the crit­i­cal think­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and prob­lem-solv­ing skills need to suc­ceed in the real world. These chal­lenges impact Ari­zona busi­ness­es’ abil­i­ty to find qual­i­fied tal­ent in an increas­ing­ly com­pet­i­tive econ­o­my. With­out a strong edu­ca­tion sys­tem in place, the U.S. will strug­gle to inno­vate and out-com­pete our peers (Man­pow­er, Tal­ent short­age sur­vey, 2012). In any case, it is crit­i­cal that Ari­zona emerges as an edu­ca­tion­al leader in the US by pro­vid­ing skills and cre­den­tials Ari­zo­nans need to achieve their indi­vid­ual poten­tial and meet the ris­ing chal­lenge of a glob­al com­pe­ti­tion. (ASU Mor­ri­son Insti­tute for Pub­lic Pol­i­cy, 21st Cen­tu­ry Careers, and Tech­ni­cal Edu­ca­tion Path­ways: on the Rise, April 2013).

” We pro­vide diverse edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams that impact under-served stu­dents & vet­er­ans. ”