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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Verde Valley Forum Focuses on Post-Secondary Education

Posted on November 30, 2016 • Category: College Going

By Mindy Riesenberg

The nation’s economy demands that workers possess increasing levels of knowledge, skills and abilities that are best acquired through post-secondary education. To begin addressing post-secondary education issues and needs in the Verde Valley, the Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs (VVFPA), in partnership with Arizona Town Hall, hosted nearly 100 regional stakeholders at a discussion this past September.

By 2020, 65 percent of all the jobs in the United States are projected to…

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Demystifying College Admission

Posted on October 5, 2016 • Category: College Going

By Zackary Moran-Norris

Nearly 600 participants, including students from all Tucson Unified School District high schools, recently gathered for the first event held by a new citywide initiative called Focus on the Future, a project of Family University.

Lori Riegel, one of the co-founders of the program, said the idea is to make higher education more accessible by equipping students and families with the knowledge of navigating the process of applying to colleges. 

“All the information is out…

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