PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Maricopa Community College offers students the opportunity to earn certifications that will help fill vacancies after the Great Resignation. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the labor market and employers have been strongly impacted.
“Last year’s big quit caused a lot of employees to leave the workforce, but they may not be leaving the workforce completely,” said Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, Acting Chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District. . “Many use this time to re-evaluate their careers; seeking to transition to more fulfilling employment allows them to achieve personal goals, achieve work-life balance, and redefine expectations of what a high quality of life means.
Employers seek qualified, ready-to-learn candidates, and Maricopa Community College offers several specialized programs designed for currently in-demand careers that require certification and licensing. Some of the programs include careers in healthcare, information technology, construction trades, accounting, culinary arts, and forensic science. Chris Camacho, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, said the programs offered at MCCCD will help students embark on the career path of their choice.
“The programs offered at Maricopa community colleges align business needs with experiential learning, so students are ready to contribute after completion with a short time to business value,” Camacho said. “Through certification and licensing, addressing the needs of industry from healthcare to semiconductors, collaboration between higher education and business ensures a healthy flow of talent and supports our diverse modern marketplace. .”
Here are some opportunities offered by the MCCCD for those looking to retrain:
- The Fast Start Semiconductor Technician Program with Intel prepares community college students for a career as a semiconductor technician. The two-week, 40-hour program offers tuition reimbursement to eligible participants and offers graduates the opportunity to interview with Intel for full-time employment. The program is available at Mesa, Estrella Mountain, and Chandler-Gilbert community colleges.
- Electrical Utilities Technology at Chandler-Gilbert Community College prepares students for an apprentice line worker familiar with the electrical utility industry. This certificate is integrated with the Associate in Applied Science in Electric Utility Technology. Power line installers and repairers earn a median annual salary of $86,000+ in Arizona.
- Dental hygiene degrees from Mesa Community College, Phoenix College, and Rio Salado College can help students become licensed dental hygienists. Graduates can earn an annual median salary of $87,460+ in Arizona.
- J-STD welding gives students the skills to demonstrate the assembly of welded components according to J-STD requirements. Completion of this certificate could help individuals find employment in various industries, earning a median annual salary of $37,180+ in Arizona.
- MCCCD’s partnerships with local businesses help match students with employers. Empire Southwest employees can receive college credit for corporate training through Mesa Community College and go on to earn a bachelor’s degree at Northern Arizona University.
In the spring of 2020, the MCCCD sent 16,638 graduates into local labor positions that added more than $7.2 billion in revenue to Maricopa County’s economy. Gonzales said, “Additionally, there will soon be opportunities to complete a bachelor’s degree in high-demand fields — as early as fall 2023.” To learn more about retraining at the MCCCD, click here.
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