Arizona Community-College Systems To Develop Shared Technology Curriculum

By Carrie Jung
Published: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 4:48pm
Updated: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:08am
(Photo by Carrie Jung - KJZZ)
Leaders with Maricopa County Community College District, Pima Community College and Central Arizona College were in Tempe to sign the project charter.

Three community-college systems in Arizona have agreed to develop a shared curriculum for their technology and manufacturing courses.

Officials with Pima Community College, Central Arizona College and the Maricopa County Community College District were in the Valley on Thursday to make the partnership official.

They said the goal is to more efficiently create a pipeline of workers for the state’s manufacturing jobs and help Arizona compete for new business. Mark Gaspers, with Boeing, says his company welcomes the move.

"It’s important because it gives us some certification and understanding that the workforce that we’re looking at has the base skills that we need to proceed," Gaspers said.

School officials say the shared curriculum will also help students make a more seamless transition if they transfer between community college systems.

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