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LANL Foundation Selected by the White House as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education

Sept 15, 2015 – Española, NM — The White House has named the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education. The Foundation was selected for its investment in education and evidence-based programs from cradle to career that help close the achievement gap for Hispanics.

The announcement was made by Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, on September 15, 2015 at the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month and in honor of the Initiative’s 25th anniversary in Washington, D.C.

“There has been notable progress in Hispanic educational achievement, and it is due to the efforts of these Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, programs and organizations working throughout the country to help Hispanic students reach their full potential,” said Ceja.

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. As a Bright Spot, the LANL Foundation will be part of Initiative’s Bright Spots in Hispanic Education National Online Catalog that includes over 230 programs that invest in key education priorities for Hispanics. The Initiative seeks to leverage these Bright Spots to encourage collaboration between stakeholders focused on similar issues in sharing data-driven approaches, promising practices and effective partnerships, ultimately resulting in increased support for life-long educational attainment of the Hispanic community.

Since 1997, the nonprofit LANL Foundation has invested in learning and human potential in the Northern New Mexico communities surrounding Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Foundation supports and runs programs that focus on early childhood learning, STEM elementary education, and college access/workforce development.

“It is our privilege to serve the children and families of Northern New Mexico who are the reason for our work,” said Jenny Parks, LANL Foundation CEO. “We are honored to be named a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education in recognition of our programs aimed to build pathways to improve learning, encourage higher education and build a skilled local workforce.”

The LANL Foundation was nominated for the award by Carmen Gonzales, Vice President for Student Success at Santa Fe Community College.

To learn more about the Initiative and to view the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education national online catalog, visit www.ed.gov/HispanicInitiative.

For additional information about the LANL Foundation, visit contact Jenny Parks at 505-753-8890, jenny@lanlfoundation.org.

The LANL Foundation is committed to Investing in Human Potential: Helping our Children Learn, Nurturing their Dreams, and Strengthening our Communities
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