Career and Technical Degrees: In-Demand with Higher Wages

Feb, 22 2022

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The Maricopa Community Colleges offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes that are part of comprehensive programs of study, providing students with the skills to enter the growing workforce. These CTE programs prepare students for careers with a depth of learning that builds specific skills needed for today’s job market.

Most CTE programs and classes provide real-world experience, such as dental hygiene students cleaning patients’ teeth, automotive students fixing cars, and veterinary technicians caring for animals. Adding an element of this type of practical experience to an education provides an advantage in the job market. The combination of education plus skills puts students on an affordable fast path to future employment.

Looking for a more hands-on career? MCCCD CTE programs can give you an edge by training you for in-demand careers such as, healthcare, IT, advanced manufacturing, construction and more. Here’s a sample of different CTE programs offered at our colleges.

  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College prepares students to work in fields such as drone piloting, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, composites technician, and more.
  • Estrella Mountain Community College offers artificial intelligence, culinary arts, and computer technology classes.
  • Glendale Community College teaches automotive technology, computer-assisted design CAD, cybersecurity, and digital media arts.
  • GateWay Community College can quickly train you in automotive, beauty & wellness, construction trades, manufacturing, and welding.
  • Mesa Community College provides classes in business, computer information systems, construction management, and manufacturing.
  • Phoenix College prepares students for technical careers through the Maricopa IT Institute @ Phoenix College
  • Paradise Valley Community College offers classes in accounting, forensic science, integrated public health, and video game production.
  • Rio Salado College offers automotive, nanotechnology, construction trades, sports medicine, and homeland security.
  • Scottsdale Community College trains students in business, culinary arts, interior design, hospitality fields, and film production.
  • South Mountain Community College offers programs in computer and information technology and construction trades.

How do you land a well-paying, in-demand job in Arizona? You often don’t need a bachelor’s degree. Many of MCCCD’s CTE programs can prepare you to succeed in many exciting industries. Our trade and occupational degrees and certificates can instantly make you more marketable to employers.

For example, according to current local job listings:

  • An IT security specialist can make anywhere between $100,000-$200,000 a year in Phoenix.
  • Currently, an HVAC tech in Mesa can make $43 an hour because of demand.
  • A drone pilot salary starts at $39,506 a year in Buckeye.
  • The yearly salary for a Forensic Science Technician is $54,506 per year in Maricopa.
  • A construction project manager starts at $66,877 a year in Phoenix.

MCCCD also offers many trade and occupational degree and certificate programs to advance your career. Learn core academic, employability, technical and job specific skills to enhance your qualifications.

A few of our CTE Certifications include:

MCCCD students will find passionate faculty who take their real-life experience and apply it to the CTE classroom. They encourage students to explore career options, teach the skills needed to succeed, and introduce students to high-paying jobs. In Spring 2020, MCCCD launched 16,638 graduates into roles that directly impact the local workforce and have added more than $7.2 billion in income to the Maricopa County economy.

Exploring these career options will introduce students to high-demand, high-paying jobs. The CTE programs available at Maricopa Colleges provide students with a better chance to succeed both within skilled trade and technical careers and other paths they may choose. CTE programs empower students to develop problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, time-management, and soft skills all employers need.

Find a CTE course or program at our colleges that will allow you to serve in the career you want, for the salary you deserve.


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