Education advocate Helios Education names new Tampa chief

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Post-secondary education advocates Helios Education Foundation announced today that Charles Hokanson is the new Senior Vice President of Policy, Research and Evaluation for the Tampa region.  

Hokanson comes to Helios from the Hokanson Consulting Group in Arlington, Va., which worked with both nonprofit and government educational organizations.

Previously, Hokanson was president of the Alliance for School Choice and Advocates for School Choice, as well as holding a position during the Bush Administration at the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, he served as counsel to two Cabinet secretaries on education policy, leadership and political issues. 

Located in Phoenix, Ariz. and Tampa, Helios Education Foundation focuses on three main areas: early childhood education, transition years and post-secondary education. Established in 2004 by student-loan services executive Vincent Roig, Helios works to increase the number of students completing post-secondary education and instilling the skills to compete in a global economy.

Helios recently awarded a $1.5 million, three-year grant to the Tampa-based Florida College Access Network for increasing the number of Floridians with a college degree or other post-secondary education. Since 2006, Helios gave more than $138 million for education initiatives and programs in Arizona and Florida.

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