TEMPE, Arizona – Feb. 9, 2017 —
“In establishing the Advanced Technologies Corridor, our three community college systems are taking a leadership role in providing an innovative, regional approach to respond to employer workforce needs and market demands. In doing so, we can better serve our students by providing clearer pathways to good jobs that are more seamless and not limited by geographic and governmental boundaries,” said Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District. “To do this, we plan to engage technology, automotive, and advanced manufacturing companies so that we can to understand their training needs — for existing employees and for the pipeline of skilled workers they will employ in the future.”
The goal of common advanced technology training curriculum is to align industry needs with national education standards so that graduates are empowered to enter the local, regional, national or global job markets.
According to the Arizona Commerce Authority, more than 157,000 Arizonans are currently employed in manufacturing-related careers and there is an increasing concentration of advanced manufacturing operations along the I-10 corridor from southeastern Phoenix to Tucson. Raytheon recently announced the addition of 2,000 jobs in Tucson, Lucid Motors will add 2,000 jobs in Casa Grande, and Intel is adding 3,000 employees at their Chandler facility.
About Maricopa Community Colleges
The Maricopa Community College District includes 10 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 more than 200,000 students with two-year degree, certificate, and university transfer programs.
Maricopa Community College District, Pima Community College District and Central Arizona College leaders signed the Arizona Advanced Technologies Corridor project charter on Feb. 9, solidifying a partnership between the college systems that will create standardized curriculum to create a highly skilled workforce that can serve advanced manufacturing operations in Arizona. Private companies, including Boeing and Raytheon, will work with the colleges to develop this first-of-its-kind curriculum. The first cohort is expected to be enrolled in this curriculum by September 2017.