Achieve60AZ – Preparing Students for Success in the Workforce and Community

September 16th, 2016

abor_cent_rgbAnyone that follows College Success Arizona knows that we strongly advocate raising Arizona’s Attainment Rate, which in turn, will increase Arizona’s economy.  By just meeting the national standards for attainment, Arizona would see an increase of literally billions of dollars into our economy every year.

Currently in Arizona, only 42 percent of adults have education beyond a high school diploma.  However, in less than five years, nearly 70 percent of jobs will require education beyond high school.  In order for Arizona to be competitive, we need to focus on increasing the number of individuals who are equipped with a high value professional certificate or degree.

To that end, a group of 60 community, business, philanthropic and education organizations throughout Arizona have formed an alliance to Arizona more competitive through the power of education by supporting a goal of 60 percent of adults, ages 25-64, with a professional certificate or college degree by 2030. This initiative, called Achieve60AZ, will work to achieve a more highly educated population in order to build Arizona’s workforce and attract more business to our state. This will increase the tax base and decrease poverty. Increasing the number of Arizonans who earn education beyond high school will lead to a more diverse, knowledgeable and innovative workforce that can compete nationally and globally.

Achieve60AZ has four main strategies:

  • Strengthening the K-12 Pipeline – Increase college readiness and high-school graduation rates
  • Completing Credentials – Implement policies to make it easier for Arizonans to finish their certificates or college degrees.
  • Increasing Access – Raise awareness about options beyond high school and make them more affordable.
  • Aligning Workforce Needs – Engage businesses, governments and educators to identify and close the skills gap.

As an organization concerned about Arizona’s future, College Success Arizona is strongly committed to helping Arizona achieve this ambitious goal. We recognize that it will take commitment and perseverance on the part of all of us. We invite you to visit Achieve60AZ.com to sign up and to learn how you can be a part of this important initiative.

 

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