Currently in Arizona, only 45 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.
Articulating curriculum from Kindergarten through post-secondary education is essential to better prepare students to be skilled workers and job ready for new jobs coming to the region. Retraining current workers towards higher skills will create a more qualified workforce.
Lucid Motors announced plans in late 2016 to locate a $700 million plant in Casa Grande. This Tesla rival could bring 2,000 plus jobs to the region over a 5-year period. A project of this magnitude will likely attract supporting industries for the production of their cars. Efforts to fulfill a rich qualified worker pipeline are critical.
Anticipating the arrival of new employers like Lucid Motors, Nikola Corporation, Attesa, and many other new employers countywide, Achieve Pinal is working to improve educational attainment and develop a qualified workforce.
The strategies are: