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.
Help support the STEM workforce of tomorrow: Take advantage of the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit and make a donation to Science For All, a program of SciTech Institute—the foundation of the Arizona Technology Council—which provides disadvantaged youth with employer-education partnerships where they gain first-hand knowledge and workforce experience.
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.
Today, Arizona’s economy is diversified, with more jobs in manufacturing than construction, our startup ecosystem is attracting global attention, and our state is competing at the highest level for new jobs and expansions. This transformation did not happen by accident. Since the ACA’s creation in 2011, the agency has successfully won more than 950 competitive projects from companies that have committed to creating just more than 191,000 projected new Arizona jobs and investing $33.8 billion in our state–far exceeding agency goals.
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%).
Individuals looking to jumpstart careers in the growing fields of data science, software engineering, and website and app design, are now able to take advantage of a new online training program through Arizona State University and Chegg, Inc.’s career accelerator, Thinkful. This program is launching at a time when companies continue to face an ongoing shortage in tech talent, a trend that is only expected to grow as advancements in technology accelerate.
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.
Covid-19 has made it difficult for many this year, especially entrepreneurs, small businesses, and those just entering the workforce. To help, the University of Advancing Technology is offering something very unique for its upcoming grads and recent alumni through its technology startup coworking space, Perimeter83.
The Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation is giving $2.5 million to Pima Community College Foundation to advance the College’s growing presence as the center of economic recovery and growth in the region.