College-manufacturing deal is 'win-win-win'

Three Arizona college entities have united to help the state's manufacturing industry by providing a uniform curriculum geared toward training a workforce ready to step in right after graduation.

recently signed a partnership agreement to create uniform curriculum to help train the future manufacturing workforce within the state.

Maricopa Community College District, Pima Community College District and Central Arizona College have teamed up to work with private companies such as Boeing and Raytheon to develop a first-of-its-kind curriculum..

More than 150,000 Arizonans already work in a manufacturing field, as the area along the Interstate 10 corridor is becoming a hub for advanced manufacturing operations. Raytheon officials have said the company plans to add close to 2,000 jobs in Tucson, while Lucid Motors will add 2,000 jobs in Casa Grande.

The new curriculum could be in place by September.

“This agreement will help Arizona respond to the needs of industry by providing a pipeline of workers to fill positions at large and small manufacturing companies across the state,” said Mark Gaspers, manager of national strategy and engagement for The Boeing Co.

“We are pleased to partner with Maricopa Community College District and Pima Community College District to help prepare the needed workforce for current and new advanced technology jobs,” said Jackie Elliott, president of CAC.

“It’s a win-win-win. It’s a win for our colleges, who are training students to become skilled workers. It’s a win for our companies, who have a consistent and qualified workforce. And it’s a win for Arizona because our economy will continue to grow and thrive,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority.

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