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Arizona Focuses on Postsecondary Attainment Goal

Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst

January 12, 2018

By the time today’s preschoolers complete high school, seven out of every 10 jobs will require some form of postsecondary education.  Increasing the number of Arizonans who have a postsecondary degree or credential will help put our state on a path to prosperity and help ensure a strong workforce pipeline.  

 However, According to the Arizona Board of Regents’ estimate and recently released 2016 US Census Bureau data, only 43% of Arizona’s working-age adults between the ages of 25 and 64 hold a postsecondary degree or post high school credential.  This is a one point increase from the previous year.

Arizona, in addition to many other states across the country, has taken action to address the gap between state workforce needs and the postsecondary attainment rate.  Achieve60AZ, an alliance of more than 60 community, business, philanthropic, and education organizations, has responded by leading the charge in boosting Arizona’s attainment rate to 60 percent by 2030.   By achieving this attainment goal, it is anticipated that more than $3.5 billion dollars would be added to Arizona’s economy in personal income and tax revenue each year. In addition to positive implications for the economy, a higher education is linked to individual and societal benefits such as healthier lifestyles and greater civic participation.

“Helios is a proud partner of Achieve60AZ,” said Vince Yanez, Senior Vice President, Arizona Community Engagement.  “Increasing Arizona’s postsecondary degree attainment rate is the most important thing we can do to secure Arizona’s economic future.” 

To support the achievement of this goal, Achieve 60 AZ focuses on the following key areas:
•    Improving the K-12 Pipeline
•    Completing Credentials
•    Increasing Access
•    Aligning Workforce Needs

To read more about Achieve 60 AZ initiative, click here. To view the Arizona Education Progress Meter, which tracks Arizona’s postsecondary attainment rate as well as other key education indicators, click here.

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