|President Michael Ortiz will be honored at the eighth annual Local Hero of the Year awards presented by Union Bank of California and KCET.|
President Michael Ortiz will be honored at the eighth annual Local Hero of the Year awards presented by Union Bank of California and KCET, the local PBS affiliate, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The award is presented to individuals who have made great contributions to improve the community. Considered a national expert on education, Ortiz will receive the award for his contributions to higher education, including his leadership of Cal Poly Pomona. The award will be presented to him and four other winners on Sept. 14 at a reception at KCET studios in Los Angeles.
Union Bank of California launched the Local Hero of the Year Awards in 1995 as a statewide initiative to recognize the contributions of the unsung heroes in the African-American, Asian/Pacific-Islander and Latino communities. The awards are presented during a ceremony at the PBS-affiliate stations to kickoff the celebrations for each respective heritage month. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in September.
In addition to the awards ceremony, short television segments about each of the winners are shown during the ceremony and broadcast on the PBS-affiliate stations throughout the month in conjunction with special heritage month programming.