PREPARING ARIZONA’S WORKFORCE OF TOMORROW
States that prosper in the future economy will be those that develop a skilled workforce to handle jobs that increasingly demand advanced skills. Arizona’s public universities are educating Arizona’s workforce and providing financial aid for Arizona students to fill critical jobs in areas experiencing shortages.
The Arizona Board of Regents is living up to its promise to the state of Arizona – to increase postsecondary access and attainment for Arizona students while increasing quality, affordability and efficiency.
NEW PROGRAMS, CENTERS, EXPANSIONS INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARIZONANS
Arizona’s public universities in partnership with the state of Arizona are targeting high need employment sectors and focusing on building research to support Arizona innovation and industry. Advances accomplished since 2021 include:
- Arizona Teachers Academy and Arizona Promise Program scholarships established.
- ASU Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering expansion to more than 30,000 students.
- ASU Advanced Manufacturing Innovation science and technology center established.
- NAU allied health and nursing expansion.
- UArizona School of Mining and veterinary medicine program established.
- Partnership with Raytheon on hypersonic wind tunnel technology.
BUILDING ON SUCCESS
The board and universities are prioritizing workforce development initiatives to advance the state’s competitiveness and support for economic development through proven initiatives including:
Leveraging the combined resources and expertise of Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona to address urgent workforce development through AZ Healthy Tomorrow:
- ASU is launching ASU Health, which includes the establishment of a new medical school integrating clinical medicine, engineering and biomedical science.
- UArizona and Banner Health are forging the College of Medicine and Banner University Medical Center into a fully integrated academic medical center to coalesce research and increase the number of graduates from its medical school.
- NAU continues to be a national leader in nursing and allied health and is vital to this initiative’s success in rural Arizona.