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MCCCD’s À La Carte Education Programs Reskill Arizona’s Workforce

The rapidly changing job market and industry dynamics require business leaders to stay abreast of advancements in cutting-edge technologies. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) continue to reshape how industries conduct business and manufacture products, many traditional jobs risk becoming obsolete or less relevant. The Global Economics Analyst Research, conducted by Goldman Sachs, states that if generative AI delivers on its promised capabilities, two-thirds of existing jobs in the U.S. and Europe are exposed to some degree of AI automation.

The research also suggests that AI could replace 300 million full-time jobs globally. Furthermore, the World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs Report 2020 indicates that by 2025, 44% of skills employees need to perform their current roles will effectively change. As the workforce transforms with emerging technologies, 9 out of 10 employees will need to reskill to adapt to the transforming landscape.

To stay relevant and thrive in their careers, employees will need to acquire new skills. One effective strategy is investing in professional development initiatives while offering opportunities for employees to upskill. This collaborative approach enables employers and their employees to stay ahead of the curve to achieve long-term success.

As a leading provider of Arizona’s workforce development training programs, Maricopa Community Colleges, with 10 colleges and 31 satellite locations, bridges the gap between today’s workforce and tomorrow’s careers with à la carte training programs that are cost-effective and highly customizable. Fast Track Certificates and Fast Track Microcredential Pathways provide a quick, efficient, and affordable route to gain the expertise and proficiency required to enter or advance in high-demand careers.

“Maricopa Community Colleges is committed to helping Arizona’s workforce stay competitive in the ever-changing job market,” said Steven R. Gonzales, Ed.D., chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District. “Fast Track Certificates and Fast Track Microcredential Pathways are designed to equip students with the skill set to be industry-ready in a short time. This benefits not only students but Arizona’s employers.”

Fast Track Certificates

Fast Track Certificates deliver a targeted set of competencies and quick turnaround from enrollment to career readiness, allowing students to enter the workforce much faster than a traditional two- or four-year degree pathway. With nearly 90 certificates available in applied technology, behavioral sciences and human services, business, entrepreneurialism and management, computer and information technology, education, health sciences and visual and performing arts, these programs, taught by industry professionals, offer small class sizes and hands-on learning using state-of-the-art equipment.

Fast Track Microcredential Pathways

Fast Track Microcredential Pathways are a more rapid way to earn a certificate to gain new skills required and enter in-demand fields. Maricopa Community Colleges’ six microcredentials are designed and developed in collaboration with prominent regional employers to prepare the workforce for highly sought-after careers with growth potential. Most Fast Track Microcredential Pathways can be completed in a few weeks.

Both Fast Track Certificates and Microcredential Pathways are stackable, meaning students can earn multiple certificates to enhance their industry-based knowledge and skills. Students can use these certificates as a stepping stone to a degree program to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree.

To adapt to automation and AI, businesses are changing their models and practices. Investing in workforce development training is one approach to address shifting labor changes. Maricopa Community Colleges Fast Track Certificates and Fast Track Microcredential Pathways can equip Arizona’s workforce with emerging skills that align with industry demand in as little as a few weeks or months. Partnering with Maricopa Community Colleges provides Arizona’s employers with a highly skilled talent pipeline and a competitive edge.

Source: Phoenix Business Journal