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Arizona Pathways to Prosperity

Why it matters

Strengthening the connections between industry and education is essential for meeting the state’s labor market needs, spurring economic expansion, and ensuring ample opportunity for our young people in Arizona. Pathways to Prosperity enables more young people to earn degrees and credentials for high-demand jobs, making it easier for them to enter the workforce and propel innovation and economic growth in the state.

How it works

Arizona Pathways to Prosperity reimagines how education and workforce systems meet state and regional talent needs and prepare young people for careers. The Center for the Future of Arizona mobilizes employers, leaders in K-12 and postsecondary education, and policymakers to build a future that works for Arizona.

CFA brings together industry and education sectors to collaboratively design, implement, and scale seamless college and career pathways that enable students to transition smoothly through high school, into higher education, and on to family-supporting careers. The pathways include career exploration, quality work-based learning experiences, and opportunities for high school students to earn college credit toward a degree or credential with labor market value.

CFA works with more than 60 K-12 and postsecondary education partners and over 60 industry and community partners across Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, and Yuma counties. The college and career pathways focus on Arizona growth sectors including IT & cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and energy.

Career Connected Pathways

Career Connected Pathways serve high needs students’ with access to careers in STEM fields, including Computer Science, and cybersecurity.

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Career Exploration Curriculum

The Possible Futures Career Exploration Curriculum helps learners in grades 6 through 10 develop essential employability skills, explore STEM occupations, and better understand themselves and the world of work.

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Our impact

  • Impacted 50,000+ students in early college pathways at 40+ middle and high school partners in Greater Phoenix, Southern Arizona, and Yuma
  • Enrolled 1,400+ middle and high school students in career-connected pathways
  • Engaged 60+ business and industry partners in pathways design and work-based learning experiences
  • 290+ college students enrolled in Pima Community College manufacturing pathway, strengthened through industry alignment work supported by CFA
  • 190+ students enrolled in updated Estrella Mountain Community College cybersecurity pathway in fall 2017; 180 enrolled spring 2018
  • In spring and fall of 2019, 520+ students enrolled in community college partner pathways in advanced manufacturing and 460+ students in IT/cybersecurity

Our Partners

District Partners

  • AAEC South Mountain HS
  • Amphitheater School District
  • ASU Preparatory Academies
  • Crane Elementary School District
  • Dysart Unified School District
  • Mesa Public Schools
  • Peoria Unified School District
  • Phoenix Union High School District
  • Pima County School Superintendent’s Office
  • Pima JTED
  • Pima Vocational High School
  • Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma (STEDY)
  • Sunnyside Unified School District
  • Tanque Verde Unified School District
  • Tucson Unified School District
  • West-MEC CTED
  • Yuma Elementary School District
  • Yuma County School Superintendent’s Office

Higher Education Partners

  • Arizona State University
  • Arizona Western Community College
  • Central Arizona Community College
  • Maricopa County Community College District
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Pima Community College
  • University of Arizona

Arizona Business and Industry Partners

  • Achieve60 AZ
  • Arizona@Work Maricopa County
  • Arizona@Work Pima County
  • Arizona Business and Education Coalition
  • Arizona Career and Technical Education Curriculum Consortium
  • Arizona Department of Economic Security
  • Arizona Department of Education
  • Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Arizona Office of the Governor
  • Arizona Technology Council
  • Chicanos Por La Causa
  • CommunityShare
  • ElevateEdAZ
  • Futures INC
  • Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
  • PipelineAZ
  • Science Foundation Arizona
  • SciTech Institute
  • Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partnership
  • Tucson Chamber of Commerce

National Partners

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Jobs for the Future
  • SRI International

Key Funders

  • APS Foundation
  • Arizona GEAR UP
  • Cognizant Foundation
  • Office of the Governor of Arizona
  • Salt River Project
  • US Department of Education – Education Innovation and Research
  • Valley of the Sun United Way


Morning Scoop: What Do Arizona Voters Want?

June 04, 2024
8:00am – 9:00am
Online Zoom Event

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