Office of Education

Pathways to Prosperity Announcement

I’m excited to be joined here today by the Center for the Future of Arizona and so many leaders and
visionaries from our business, philanthropic, and education communities for this special announcement.

The 21st century economy is full of extraordinary opportunities and we want to empower our young people to
take full advantage of them.

Arizona is already a leader in bringing together businesses with high schools and higher education to design
practical early college and career pathways.

And today, I am proud to announce that we are taking that to the next level with a NEW 1.24 million dollar
public-private investment with Arizona Pathways to Prosperity.

This investment is part of a critical strategy of the Arizona Education Progress Meter through the
Achieve60AZ initiative to help more high school students attain: industry credentials; stackable, portable
certificates; and quality, work-based learning opportunities and apprenticeships.

Arizona Pathways to Prosperity has done great work in the Phoenix and Tucson regions.
And they will continue to focus on growth sectors such as: IT and Cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing,
energy and health and bioscience.

More than 40 private businesses and industry partners AND more than 15 educational partners have
committed to the network—and they’ve seen tremendous benefit from it.

Businesses are finding the talent they need. And our young people are finding good-paying jobs and
rewarding careers. I want to express my appreciation for the partners in this collaboration:
The Arizona Community Foundation Ellis Center for Educational Excellence headed by Steve Seleznow,
Don Budinger, Jackie Norton and the Rodel Foundation, and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.

This we know: Arizona is home to some of the world’s most visionary businesses and incredible young
talent.

And we also know that close collaboration between the public, private and philanthropic sectors is critical for
maximizing our state’s potential.

So it’s my hope, that with today’s significant new investment, even more of our state’s top innovators and
employers will join this effort and reap the benefits.

And as they do, I have no doubt Arizona will continue to lead the nation when it comes to excellence in our
schools and preparing students for the 21st century economy.

Thank you.