The year 2022 continued the high quit rates that the United States started seeing in the so-called Great Resignation of 2021. Dissatisfied, many employees simply had enough and left for better, higher-paying jobs elsewhere. Although many workers had been scrambling to get any job available when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, people have started looking at employment in a whole new light. Now they’re more interested in getting both a job they love that also pays well.
South Bronx, New York-based Per Scholas is recruiting 180 students for free technical training and professional development programs in metro Phoenix. Since its founding in 1995, the nonprofit has grown to operate 19 locations across the country, said Jaclyn Boyes, managing director for the Per Scholas Phoenix office.
Quarles & Brady LLP has named Jason Wood as the managing partner of the firm’s Phoenix office. Wood, who takes over the job on Nov. 1, succeeds Leonardo Loo, who has been with the firm for just over 11 years and had been the managing partner in Phoenix since October 2018. A partner in the firm’s high-profile real estate practice group, Wood had served as group chair for five years until he handed over that responsibility to Erin Wanner this summer.
Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) is now officially a Cybersecurity Awareness Month Partner with CISA—the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency—one of the youngest U.S. agencies (and growing massively in importance) under the Homeland Security and various other agencies banner. They are public-facing for everything from communications of zero-day cyberattacks to combating dis/misinformation. As a partner, it is CGCC’s responsibility to share their Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 overarching theme, “See Yourself in Cyber.” According to the CISA, “while cybersecurity may seem like a complex subject, ultimately, it’s really all about people.” Find out more at https://www.cisa.gov/cybersecurity-awareness-month.
The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) is proud to announce the organization’s second mentorship program participants after a successful inaugural launch in 2021. The year-long program, aimed at supporting early-career economic development professionals, pairs young professionals with experienced practitioners from around the state. Last year’s pilot program was the first to come out of AAED’s Young Professionals Affinity Group, which was formed in 2020 with the goal of creating more programming to support AAED’s early-career members.
What are millennials? The definition of a millennial varies; however, the consensus is that millennials are born between 1981 and 1996. Most likely, this generation grew up experiencing the 9/11 terrorist attack and the 2008 presidential election. These adults saw the turn of the century and the onset of the digital age. Even more, the majority of millennials felt the weight of the 2008 economic recession. These are just a few milestones that millennials witnessed. Now they’re creating a milestone of their own.
One of our favorite traditions at University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is kicking off each semester with the Provost Challenge. The Provost Challenge, hosted by UAT’s Provost Dr. Dave Bolman, is a unique opportunity for new students to dive right into creating, building and innovating the day they step on campus. During CONNECT (UAT’s new student orientation), students are separated into groups, allowing them to get to know one another as they familiarize themselves with campus. In just two weeks, the teams conceptualize, design and build out an entire project. Each semester students are given a few elements to incorporate into their builds—this is mostly for fun because who doesn’t love a theme? This year’s elements included Warhammer 40k, Artemis and memes.
Business technology leader Moruga Inc. has named Kelly Brake as Chief Operating Officer. Previously serving as Moruga Inc.’s Vice President of Operations, Brake brings more than two decades of senior management experience to the role, also serving in senior executive roles at Venicom and NetFusion Services. Brake was the co-founder and vice president of a highly successful network consulting firm, InLynx, where she forged its strategic vision and operational goals, managed IT procurement, and maintained critical vendor relationships.
Certification Partners, which creates vendor-neutral curriculum and high-stakes certifications for building skills and careers, has announced that the company’s Owner/CEO, Barry Fingerhut, has appointed Erik Barrantes as the new President of Certification Partners. “I’m delighted to announce a significant philosophical change within Certification Partners, LLC towards company revenue generation and product growth in contrast to our historical emphasis primarily upon product development,” says Mr. Fingerhut.
When the Healthcare United at GateWay (HUG) Clinic opened in 2013, the faculty members at GateWay Community College knew there was a need for a specialty healthcare clinic in the community. But, they may not have realized just how extensive their impact would be. Now in its 10th year, the student-run HUG Clinic is the only pro bono specialty healthcare clinic in the United States, with services including respiratory therapy, physical therapist assisting, diagnostic medical sonography, occupational therapy assisting, and therapeutic massage.