The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Arizona State University an $8 million grant to lead an innovative workforce development partnership to help train workers for high-paying, high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and information technology. The grant was a collaboration of ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and several external partners, including Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Technology Council, Arizona@Work, Infosys and Pipeline AZ.
Arizona Commerce Authority celebrates 10 years of success; ASU announces a new partnership to expand access for advanced skills program; Edmund Optics expands with new facility in Tucson; Avnet and ON Semiconductor join forces to accelerate IoT innovation; Northern Arizona University names finalist named for its next president; Axosoft plan $10 million investment in Arizona startups; Sun Corridor Inc. has key role in newly formed Arizona Fintech Council; Digital Air Strike acquires LotVantage to expand inventory digital marketing, engagement and targeting solutions; Life365 and VectorCare align to expand and accelerate digital health solutions for healthcare organizations; UArizona unveils TIMESTEPS Summer Internship Program; and more.
The Grand Canyon State ranked No. 25 out of 50 states for creating policies that remove barriers for households and fleet owners to purchase and use electric vehicles, according to a recent report released by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Policies could include offering incentives to buy EVs, adding more charging options and setting lower electric rates at preferred charging times.
During October 2020, the North American Cyber Range Alliance (NACRA) invited students, cybersecurity/cyber professionals and the public to participate in one or more inaugural NACRA Cyber Quest 2020 events at no cost to the participants. This community outreach initiative was undertaken to provide a hands-on experience to support the development of qualified personnel to proactively address over 7,000 open cybersecurity positions in the state. This live virtual range experience in workshops, capture the flag competitions and intermediate to advanced challenges was made possible through ‘Participating NACRA Organizations and NACRA’s Preferred Range Partners.
The city of Phoenix is seeking community and stakeholder input on its draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) framework. The proposed plan will address the challenges posed by climate change and help make Phoenix the most sustainable desert city on the planet. This opportunity to develop a plan comes after Phoenix just experienced the hottest summer on record, a drier than normal monsoon season and smoke-filled skies from wildfires within Arizona and all along the West Coast.
TechTalk enews provides a monthly round-up of member updates, technological advancements, milestones and awards, industry news and featured content on the Council’s annual sponsors. Check out what’s happening in the Council’s August 2020 issue of TechTalk!
Arizona is joining a coalition of 20 states, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the American Association of Community Colleges – with support from Lumina Foundation and the Siemens Foundation – to launch the Reskilling and Recovery Network.
Moderated by Phoenix Business RadioX, Dr. Rita Cheng of Northern Arizona University, Dr. Michael Crow of Arizona State University and Dr. Robert Robbins of The University of Arizona discussed how COVID-19 has shifted higher education, how each university is working to bring about innovation-based economic development to the state, the relationship between the tech community and the university system, as well as the challenges and opportunities are on the horizon.
iTether partners with Pinal County to launch study, State Farm donates $30M to ASU to fuel workforce development program, Grand Canyon University opens incubator with free rent for startups, Scottsdale-based software provider Parchment merges with Credentials Solutions, TGen and Mayo Clinic researchers awarded a federal grant to refine liquid biopsy for cancer patients, and more.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been hotly debated since former President Barack Obama created the program in June 2012 after Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act, which would have cleared the way to citizenship for certain immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.