Arizona Pathways to Prosperity (AZPTP)
Arizona is a member state of the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a national initiative in partnership with Jobs for the Future (JFF) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Arizona officially joined in June 2014. Led by the Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA), the program creates seamless educational, training and credentialing opportunities for students that are aligned with industry needs in high-demand, high-growth industry sectors. Informed by industry and in partnership with educational institutions, the AZPTP provides new career opportunities for young people, equips employers with a talent pipeline of young professionals, and strengthens state and regional economies. In October 2014, the Governor's Office of Workforce Development awarded the Center for the Future of Arizona a renewable grant to support CFA's work and Arizona's national network membership fee.
Governor Ducey has adopted the Achieve60AZ goal that by 2030, 60% of all Arizona working adults will have a professional postsecondary certificate or degree, or both. To further this goal, in January 2018, Governor Ducey, along with non-profit partners, the Arizona Community Foundation, Ellis Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and Rodel Foundation announced a $1.24 million public-private partnership investment to expand the AZPTP program. Tucson and Phoenix were identified as the initial major labor markets to begin building 9-14+ early college pathways in partnership with K-12, business, and higher education in the following industry sectors: energy, information technology, advanced manufacturing and health/bioscience.
Currently, the CFA has advanced pathways implementation with 28 pathway schools through programs of study, career exploration, work-based larning, and teacher professional development. The school system partners include:
Dysart Unified School District, Empower College Preparatory High School, Mesa Unified School District, Peoria Unified School District, Phoenix College Preparatory High School, Western Maricopa Education Center, Amphitheater Public Schools, Pima County Joint Technical Education District, Pima Vocational High School, Sunnyside Unified School District, Tucson Unified School District, Phoenix Union High School District, Agriculture and Equine Center Charter School, and Tanque Verde Unified High School District.
Industry partners include: Raytheon, Abrazo, Banner Health, Dignity Health, Honor Health, Phoenix Childrens Hospital, Arizona Public Service, McCarthy Construction, Kitchell Corporation, Palo Verde Nuclear Power, Southwest Gas, Sundt, Tucson Electric Power, American Express, Charles Schwab, Cisco, Lyft, LifeLock, and Salt River Project
In the next three years, the CFA will be engaged in the following activities:
- Implement and refine industry-driven early college career pathways in advanced manufacturing, information technologies, and energy in over 15+ high schools in Arizona.
- Design and implement a healthcare/bioscience early college career pathway.
- Develop, implement and scale a continuum of well-designed, industry-driven work-based learning experiences for students.
- Integrate education and workforce development efforts to develop and sustain regional systems of early college career pathways responsive to industry needs.
- Expand visibility and public support for comprehensice career pathways that align with state and regional economies.
- Provide infrastructure for the ultimate goal of a statewide system through the creation of the program's regional systems of career pathways.
- Generate industry financial support for the Arizona Pathways to Prosperity initiative, with the intent of working towards a sustainable business model that includes shared costs between K-12, community colleges, and industry.