Making Education More Accessible for Employees

Posted on December 20, 2016 • Category: College Going

By Andrea Jaramillo

For many workers, going back to school to get a degree is something close to impossible, either because of lack of money, time or encouragement.

In Arizona, one major university and three companies decided to change this.

The University of Arizona has partnered with GEICO, Caterpillar Inc. and the Salt River Project to design and implement accessible degree programs for employees through their online programs.

“The vision for this partnership is not just how can…

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Prop 206: What Will It Mean?

Posted on December 14, 2016 • Category: Job Creation

By Zackary Moran-Norris

Earlier this month, Arizona voters approved Proposition 206, a ballot initiative that boosts the state’s minimum wage from $8.05 per hour to $12 per hour in 2020 and requires employers to provide paid sick time off from work.

The proposition has sparked statewide debate in recent months but it passed with a surprisingly large margin with 58 percent of voters saying “yes” and 41 percent voting “no."

Kathy Ortega, a fast-food worker in Tucson,…

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Helios Scholars at TGen Celebrates 10 Years

Posted on December 7, 2016 • Category: Job Creation

By Mindy Riesenberg

Arizona is the bioscience hub of the Southwest, providing 96,000 jobs and generating $28 billion in annual revenue. Jobs in this field in the state are growing at a rate nearly four times faster than the rest of the nation (

The Helios Education Foundation and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of their joint internship program, Helios Scholars at TGen, which prepares students for college…

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