In less than five years, nearly 70 percent of jobs will require education beyond high school. Achieve Pinal, a community-based effort is dedicated to building a more competitive workforce through education. The statewide educational attainment goal aspires to have 60% of Arizona's adults complete a 2- or 4- year college degree or industry recognized certificate by the year 2030. Currently Pinal County is at 36%.

Achieve Pinal, a project of the Pinal Alliance for Economic Growth, has created an experience for high school students to interact with business leaders. The experience is called, Careertopia, and is designed to afford students the opportunity to learn about careers in Pinal County through face-to-face interactions with business leaders. Business leaders will share information with students about the kind of jobs they have, what skill sets they are looking for in prospective employees, what their jobs pay and the level of education they recommend.

Following breakout sessions with business leaders, students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Arizona Universities and Central Arizona College to discuss their post secondary education plan. Information on financial aid options will also be available. In addition, ARIZONA@WORK will discuss strategies for students to utilize when seeking employment.

The Careertopia will be hosted at CAVIT on Thursday, February 28 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Students from Coolidge High School and Imagine High School will also be in attendance.
The event has been planned in partnership with Achieve Pinal and CAVIT Superintendent Mike Glover.

"One of our goals is to partner with business, industry and the community to establish responsive education and training services to meet workforce needs. Achieve Pinal's Careertopia brings all critical components of career exploration, post secondary educational planning and the opportunity to interact with business leaders together in one experience," said Mike Glover.

Achieve Pinal hopes to conduct Careertopia at each of Pinal County's High Schools. "Achieve Pinal is working to improve the preparedness of our local workforce for the new employment opportunities that will soon be coming to the region with companies like Nikola, Lucid Motors, and Attesa to name a few. Improving the level of educational attainment is critical for the Pinal County workforce to be prepared for future jobs," said Judee Jackson, Achieve Pinal Chair Person.

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