As part of an $8 million ASU-led U.S. Department of Labor grant, Arizona Technology Council joins a collaborative of community partners to establish the Arizona Workforce Training Accelerator Partnership for Next Generation Jobs (AZNext). The partnership will enhance regional competitiveness, address workforce shortages and train workers for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and IT.
PADT, Inc. is named a Stratasys Diamond Partner; semiconductor manufacturer Intel Corporation to invest $20B in Arizona expansion; Blue Yonder set to be acquired by Panasonic; body-cam innovator Axon solidifies the foundation for its next decade of growth; Arizona State University receives grant funding aimed at workforce upskilling and reskilling; the Greater Phoenix Chamber launches diversity and inclusion program for employers; and more. Check out the complete update.
With Greater Phoenix being referred to as “the tech capital of the Southwest” many innnovative startups and companies have been flocking to the area over the past five years. Veteran staffing firm Paragon IT Professionals can help companies struggling to find qualified candidates. As an expert in tech talent, Paragon has spent the past 24 years focused on helping companies quickly attract hard-to-find talent.
Despite a challenging year caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Arizona’s technology sector was able to rebound quickly and even outpace Q4 2019 in several significant growth metrics. The Arizona Technology Council’s latest quarterly Arizona Technology Industry Impact Report provides insight on the progress of the state’s tech sector. The new data shows a 29% increase in STEM job postings in December 2020 vs. December 2019 and a 4.3% growth in Arizona technology companies year-over-year.
Tech salaries in Phoenix grew 7.6% from 2019 to 2020, reaching an average of $95,514. This pacing landed Phoenix as 7th on the list of fastest growing tech salaries in the country. Last year the fastest growth came in Charlotte, North Carolina, which saw a 13.8% change, followed by Orlando, Florida (13.4%) and New York City (11.6%).
Phoenix College announced the virtual Future of Work Summit on March 4, 2021. The event will review economic trends and provide a snapshot of the Phoenix market, informing, and guiding important questions. Sessions will focus on workforce trends, the current workforce landscape, how can community colleges can help support businesses in the areas they serve, as well as work-based experiences for or increased opportunities in training and workforce development.
The IT Institute will help prepare students for Arizona’s jobs of the future by utilizing cutting-edge tools that will help students familiarize themselves with vital technology before they enter the job market. The site will also serve as a convening location for workshops, industry advisory groups, meetups and networking functions.
The program enables students to develop traditional skills such as data collection, AI model training, coding, and exploring the societal impact of AI technology. Top employers requesting these skills include Intel, IBM, Wells Fargo, Deloitte, American Express, and others.
Dovly, a local innovator in credit improvement technology, is pleased to announce four new additions to its growing team.
With plans to create a pipeline of AI talent, Intel is teaming with the Arizona’s largest community college system to design an AI associate’s degree program—making it the first Intel-designed AI associate degree program in the nation.