ElevateEdAZ prepares Arizona students for college and career through stronger alignment between education, business, and the community.
ElevateEdAZ is focused on aligning education to workforce learning pathways with the needs of Arizona’s leading industries. Our primary objectives include increasing the number of students enrolled in and completing high-wage, high-demand career pathways, increasing student attainment of industry-recognized credentials and early post-secondary credit, providing more students with work-based learning experiences, and empowering educators to reimagine classroom learning through educator externships.
ElevateEdAZ is working to increase:
ElevateEdAZ High-Wage, High-Demand Pathways
Our program partners with schools and districts in the Greater Phoenix region, working closely with Career and Technical Education Programs focused on the following industry sectors:
- Architecture & Construction
- Business Management & Administration, Marketing, and Sales
- Engineering (STEM)
- Financial Services
- Health Sciences
- Information Technology & Cybersecurity
- Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
We invite you to view our 2022 Pathway Analysis for a glimpse at the data behind key occupations related to each industry sector.
It’s time to elevate education in Arizona!
According to the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, Arizona is projected to add 721,689 jobs from 2020 to 2030, equating to more than three times the job growth for the U.S. The largest gains are anticipated in education, health services, professional and business services, construction, financial services, and manufacturing. It’s time to prepare Arizona students with the post-secondary education and credentials they need to thrive in our workforce!
ElevateEdAZ seeks to scale existing initiatives in the Greater Phoenix region to ensure more students obtain an associate degree just one additional year after high school graduation and are set on a path to future economic opportunity through its partnership with Accelerate ED.
Through ElevateEdAZ’s participation in Accelerate ED: Seamless Pathways to Degrees and Careers, the education initiative will use advanced manufacturing as a model industry to help students earn 30 credits of dual enrollment toward manufacturing degrees at Maricopa County Community Colleges and attain an associate’s degree within a year of graduating high school.
Accelerate ED is a part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and seeks to blur the lines between high school and higher education and career learning experiences, allowing students to earn a career-aligned credential or degree by the end of one additional year after high school. Learn more here.
ElevateEdAZ Partner Schools
ElevateEdAZ in Action
ElevateEdAZ is partnered with Phoenix Union High School District and Mesa Public Schools to pilot more impactful business engagement in local high schools. We anticipate expanding these strategic partnerships to additional schools in the coming years, reaching even more Arizona students.