About the Founder
Armando Rodriguez was born in Los Angeles and raised in East Los Angeles. He is a graduate and valedictorian of James A. Garfield High School, Class of 1993 and proud father of four children who inspire him to work harder every day.
Armando attended Stanford University and was a Computer Science major for about a year and a half before returning to be the primary caretaker for his father, Alfredo Rodriguez. He consequently graduated of California State University, Los Angeles where he received a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology in 2005.
His first post-graduate job was for an education software company where he deployed, enhanced and implemented an electronic high school to college transcript solution. He also implemented a Project Prioritization Matrix tool that facilitated the production of software enhancements in an orderly and efficient manner. This same methodology is currently being considered by Honeywell to improve the efficiency of their deliverables across all channels.
During his tenure as both a project manager and product manager at this company, over 5 million student records were exchanged between institutions of higher learning, loan guarantors, and scholarship committees. Armando enjoys taking on seemingly impossible challenges and has a proven track record implementing and marketing statewide software solutions. Armando's thirst for knowledge knows no bounds.
In 2011, he formally launched Latino Renaissance, a 501c3 non profit, to address the need for a better GED prep course. His inspiration for this course came in 2002, shortly after his father passed away and while working as an Instructor at PUENTE Learning Center in Boyle Heights. His course focuses on teacher-led instruction and has emphasis on test taking strategies. Recognizing that most students interested in the course were lacking skills in Mathematics and Language Arts Writing, he designed a course that focuses approximately 80% on these two key deficient skills.
If you know anyone who could use the GED Test Prep service, refer them to the Latinoren website and ask them to make an appointment for a Free Assessment (in the GED Prep section). Since its inception LatinoRen has focused on providing low-cost/free solutions to low income families. Recently he started a Free Credit Repair for Low Income Families.
In 2018, he developed the first of its kind compassionate bot. This chatbot, named FrAnkIe, was built to be a tutor and companion for students who are preparing for the GED exam. This chatbot gave birth to the very first instance of Companion Based Learning (CBL).
FrAnkIe is now in test mode and currently being demoed to many different clients including the Boys and Girls Club, a jet airline fuel efficiency calculator company, a hospital in Montebello, a Probation Department in the Inland Empire and of course LatinoRen fans around the world.
LatinoRen is not a business, it's not an organization, it's a movement!