Office of Education


Preparing Students for Success in the Workforce and Community


Arizona has a diverse, well-educated, highly-skilled workforce participating in a thriving economy.


Advance the postsecondary attainment of Arizonans by acting as a statewide catalyst for collaboration, public awareness, public policy, and data-informed planning and measurement.


1. Drive a statewide strategic plan and performance report that identify statewide goals and actions that can be taken by partners to increase attainment
2. Bolster partners and catalyze collaboration to increase attainment
3. Propel a public awareness campaign about the importance of attainment
4. Advance public policies that promote attainment

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.

Governor Ducey is 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 to sign up and to learn how you can be a part of this important initiative.

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Achieve60AZ Alliance

More than 60 community, business, philanthropic and education organizations in Arizona form this independent alliance that is fueled by a community-based effort to make Arizona competitive through the power of education. Their goal is to generate greater awareness of the importance of increasing Arizona’s level of educational attainment while building support to improve college entry and completion; boost adult education and training; and fuel a pipeline of competitive talent for Arizona’s employers. 

The following organizations have endorsed the postsecondary degree attainment goal and are working together to make Arizona more competitive through the power of education.

A for Arizona


Apollo Education Group

Arizona Board of Regents

Arizona Charter Schools Association

Arizona Commerce Authority

Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education

Arizona Community College Coordinating Council

Arizona Community Foundation

Arizona Department of Education

Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Arizona GEAR UP

Arizona School Boards Association

Arizona State University

Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Arizona Superintendent Association


AZ Chamber of Commerce

AZ Commerce Authority

AZ State Board of Education Vocational Education Board

AZ Transfer


Center for the Future of Arizona

College Success Arizona

Dine College

Early Childhood Development Health Board

East Valley Partnership

Eastern Arizona Community College

Expect More Arizona

First Things First

Flagstaff Chamber

Glendale Union High School District

Goldwater Institute

Grand Canyon University

Greater Flagstaff Chamber

Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

Greater Phoenix Educational Management Council

Greater Phoenix Leadership

Helios Education Foundation

ITT Tech

Jobs for Arizona's Graduates

Maricopa County Community College District

Midwestern University

Mohave County Community College District

Molera Alvarez

Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University College of Education

Northland Pioneer College

Penrose Academy

Piper Foundation

Read On Arizona

Southern Arizona Leadership Council

St. Xavier University

Stand for Children

State Board for Charter Schools

The Arizona We Want

Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Universal Technical Institute

University of Arizona

University of Arizona College of Education

University of Phoenix


West Coast Ultrasound Institute School of Imaging & Nursing

April 20, 2017

Achieve60AZ has been selected as a recipient of the Lumina Foundation’s Attainment Challenge Grant. The $100,000 grant will allow Achieve60AZ to develop and complete strategic, communication and business plans to ensure ongoing support for Arizona’s community effort to increase attainment rates of college degrees or certificates for all Arizonans to 60 percent by 2030. (Read More...)

February 16, 2017

Christine Thompson, a long-time education advocate in Arizona, has been appointed as the new project manager for Achieve60AZ. (Read More...)

January 20, 2017

Achieve60AZ is pleased to announce its receipt of a grant of $100,000 from Helios Education Foundation. These funds will be directed toward capacity building, fundraising and other efforts that will help support the alliance in its mission to boost postsecondary attainment and workforce training among Arizonans. (Read More...)