Workforce Education Offers Long-Term Solution for Students Impacted by COVID-19

TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 25, 2021 – As COVID-19 continues to make many industries uncertain, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) believes that earning a workforce education can offer a long-term solution for people who are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, including workers who need to be reskilled and those looking for in-demand, high-paying careers.

“During this uncertain time, it is vital to provide the training and skills needed to obtain family-sustaining wages, careers and personal success,” said MCCCD Interim Chancellor Dr. Steven R. Gonzales. “As Arizona’s #1 workforce solution, the Maricopa Community Colleges recognize our role in being able to reshape how COVID-19 impacts Arizonans, and we invite anyone interested in earning an education to explore our District’s options.” 

For those who have been impacted by COVID-19, earning a workforce education allows a fast track to finding in-demand careers. Current industry trends show construction, health care, and information technology have hundreds of thousands of employment opportunities in Arizona alone.  

"The Maricopa Community Colleges have options available for any person, no matter where they are in the pursuit of a job or career advancement," said Darcy Renfro, Chief Workforce and Economic Development Officer. "Our certification programs can be earned in as little as four weeks and offer an affordable solution with shorter completion time that results in a sustainable career."

Workforce education also goes hand-in-hand with Career and Technical Education (CTE), or specialized training in various trades to equip students with core academic, employability, technical, and job-specific skills. CTE is recognized as the solution to strengthening the economy and workforce, as it prepares students to fill industry demands, reduce talent shortages, and contribute to the state's economy. 

MCCCD has hundreds of training opportunities, including short-term skill certifications through our Microcert Academy, and programs for eligible job seekers paid for through Arizona@Work. 

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About the Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving approximately 100,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.