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July 14 News Conference: Arizona Community Colleges Provide Skilled Workers

Yuma, Arizona (July 13, 2020) - On Tuesday, July 14, Arizona’s ten community college CEOs will host a video news conference to showcase the innovative ways that community colleges are working with their communities and business partners to train and retrain workers to help jumpstart the state’s economy during and after COVID-19. Also speaking will be Ms. Kolu Wilson, Workforce Administrator for the Arizona Commerce Authority/Office of Economic Opportunity.

Examples to be discussed include Google’s IT Support Certificate, a new industry-driven competency training being launched by seven (7) partner Arizona Community College districts, in partnership with Jobs for the Future. Upon completion, participants will receive a recognized industry credential that will support employment in Information Technology.

What: Virtual News Conference - Workforce Development/Economic Vitality by AZ Community Colleges

Date: Tuesday, July 14

Time: 10:00 a.m., followed by approximately 10:30 a.m. individual college sessions

        * Video Access:

10:30 a.m. approximate: The 10:00 general video conference will be followed by separate video conferences hosted by the individual colleges to give details about their programs:

        * Arizona Western College -

        * Central Arizona College -

        * Cochise College -

        * Eastern Arizona College -

        * Mohave Community College -

        * Northland Pioneer College -

        * Pima Community College -

        * Yavapai College -

        * (Maricopa County Community Colleges and Coconino Community College are unable to participate.)

Arizona Community Colleges are the backbone of Arizona's higher educational system, driving the economic engine and delivering an educated citizenry to meet the most in-demand jobs of today and the complexities of tomorrow. Arizona’s 10 college districts serve nearly 300,000 students, nearly double the students served by Arizona’s public universities. Community colleges’ financial impact is staggering, with graduates earning $11 billion in increased wages over their working lives, equating to 5.6% of the total gross state product. Connected through shared goals of access and completion, Arizona Community Colleges deliver a high-quality, low-cost education, prepare students of all ages across the state to be career-ready, and enable students for pathways to universities. Learn more at


Mandy Heil

Director, Communications and Marketing

Arizona Western College

Cell: (928) 446-7381,

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