It’s simple! These two things go hand and hand allowing for a synergy unlike no other.
high school students for the workforce of tomorrow and equip them to be lifelong learners, future leaders who positively impact the world
businesses with a future workforce equipped to increase productivity and profitability, stimulate job growth, and renewed sense of pride for communities.
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A Unique Partnership
A Unique Partnership joined forces in 2006 when members of the community had a vision to be a catalyst for social and economic change in Orange County. Those key founding partners included the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD). In 2012, High School Inc. Academies Foundation was developed to support the unique partnership. United together this Rockstar Collaboration is re-imagining education and creating the “CHANGE” to prepare our students for college, career, and life success.
Over the last decade
Over the last decade this dynamic combination of forces started with just 90 students and now serves over 1500 future workforce individuals! Through HSI Academies Foundation’s support of the C-H-A-N-G-E academies, students are graduating high school at a HIGHER RATE, with this past year being a 96% graduation rate!
Meet our Executive Director
A Passionate Leader focused on celebrating students
A visionary leader, Felix Lugo has a sterling track record of more than 15 years in both public and private middle and high school education. With a dynamic background encompassing such diverse domains as student life, community service, internships, enrollment, marketing, fundraising, and residential programs.
Throughout his career, Felix has not only led various administrative departments but has also been a driving force in establishing entire educational institutions from the ground up. His innovative contributions have extended far beyond individual schools, as he has played a crucial role in enhancing staff development and significantly boosting student enrollment in high schools across the United States.
He holds a master’s degree in management from Warner University and a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from Monroe College. Eager to stay at the forefront of educational innovation, Felix has pursued additional training at esteemed institutions including Rockhurst University, Love & Logic Institute, The Association of Boarding Schools and Cross-Country Education.
Lead the Movement
Leading the movement and momentum of the organization, is no other than a group of talented and dedicated rockstars that have devoted their time and expertise, as well as sharing their passion for bridging the gap here in Orange County. Our all-star lineup includes:
Crevier Classic Cars
Chairman of the Board
J. Crain Corporation
Jack E. Oakes
Maximum Impact Education
Hall & Company Tax, Financial & Management Consulting
Board of Directors
- Matt Bays, Adaptive Shelters, LLC
- Peter Dorsch, KPC Health
- Dave Elliott, Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce
- Brie Griset Smith, Inland Empire Community Foundation
- Ramiro Ochoa, Westport Properties, Inc.
- Kassandra Compton, Pacific Premier Bank
- Leila Mozafarri
- Richard E. Porras, AT&T External Affairs
- Mavel Becerra, Wells Fargo Advisors
- Rigo Rodriguez, Ph.D., SAUSD Board of Education
- Larry Tenebaum, Smart Circle International, LLC
- Marshall Linn, Urban Futures Inc.
- Kim Sherman, Echo Media
Investing in the Future Workforce
We’d like to sincerely say thank you to our incredible High School Inc. Academies Foundation business partners! We value each and every partnership, as it further supports the HSI mission to empower youth and strengthen communities through education and business partnerships: