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The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation (Foundation) is looking for businesses interested in developing the future workforce. The Foundation is piloting a new initiative to invite companies to more closely engage with high schools by aligning classes and curriculum with workforce needs, increasing student exposure to career pathways, and creating opportunities for students to apply academics through work-based learning.
By 2028, 70% of all jobs in Arizona will require an education beyond a high school diploma.[i] Currently, Arizona has a state-wide graduation rate of 78%[ii], and yet only 27% of high school graduates complete a postsecondary education by their mid-twenties.[iii] Through this new initiative, the Foundation aims to strengthen Arizona’s future by closing the achievement gap by intentionally aligning employers with tomorrow’s talent at the K-12 level.
What percentage of jobs require higher-ed?
- Require: 70%
- Do not require: 30%
What percentage of graduates complete higher-ed?
- Complete: 27%
- Do not complete: 73%
To prepare individuals for college and career through stronger alignment between education, business, and the community.
Through intentional school engagement, business can impact and support students as they discover a path toward a high-wage career or high-quality degree program that meets their interests and talents.
Businesses can engage in many ways, including:
- Guest Speakers
- Guest Instructors
- Teacher Externships
- Curriculum Development
- Job Shadowing
- Field Trips
- Advisory Boards
Get Involved Today!
We are seeking businesses interested in engaging with ElevateEdAZ partner schools. Contact Lauren Wissmann, Business Partnership Coordinator, to get involved!