Arizona community colleges unite to provide skilled workers to Arizona

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By Kris McBride

THATCHER – On Tuesday, July 14, Arizona’s 10 community college CEOs will host a video news conference to showcase the innovative ways that community colleges are working with their communities and business partners to train and retrain workers to help jumpstart the state’s economy during and after COVID-19. Also speaking will be Ms. Kolu Wilson, a workforce administrator for the Arizona Commerce Authority/Office of Economic Opportunity.

Examples to be discussed include Google’s IT Support Certificate, a new industry-driven competency training being launched by seven partner Arizona Community College districts, in partnership with Jobs for the Future. Upon completion, participants will receive a recognized industry credential that will support employment in Information Technology.

  *   What: Virtual News Conference – Workforce Development/Economic Vitality by AZ Community Colleges
  *   Date: Tuesday, July 14
  *   Time:  10 a.m., followed by approximately 10:30 a.m. individual college sessions
  *   Video Access:  https://pima.zoom.us/j/99970704188
  *   EAC Session: At approximately 10:30 a.m., immediately following the general video conference, Eastern Arizona College will host a breakout session. EAC President Todd Haynie and Dean Janice Lawhorn will announce plans for new commercial driver’s license and HVAC programs, along with enhanced offerings for correctional officer training and short-term classes. Representatives will also discuss EAC’s Google IT Support Professional Certificate and SBDC’s CO.STARTERS and Dreambuilder programs. To access the breakout session, please click on the following link:  https://zoom.us/j/91799477839

Arizona Community Colleges are the backbone of Arizona’s higher educational system, driving the economic engine and delivering an educated citizenry to meet the most in-demand jobs of today and the complexities of tomorrow. Arizona’s 10 college districts serve nearly 300,000 students, nearly double the students served by Arizona’s public universities.  Community colleges’ financial impact is staggering, with graduates earning $11 billion in increased wages over their working lives, equating to 5.6% of the total gross state product. Connected through shared goals of access and completion, Arizona Community Colleges deliver a high-quality, low-cost education, prepare students of all ages across the state to be career-ready, and enable students for pathways to universities. Learn more at www.arizonacommunitycolleges.org.

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