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Dear Arizona: A Call from Educators

Education Leadership Group releases report on urgent need to reimagine career development in Arizona

ELG report cover image "Dear Arizona: A Call from Educators"

(PHOENIX, ARIZ. March 3rd, 2021) - This week the Education Leadership Group (ELG) released, “Dear Arizona: A Call from Educators,” a report detailing the urgent need to reimagine career development for all Arizona students. Convened by Pipeline AZ over the last twelve months, the ELG is composed of educators, administrators and leaders from wide-ranging education organizations across the state dedicated to improving talent outcomes. The report analyzes the opportunities, gaps and redundancies facing Arizona talent and career development across the student lifecycle and offers insights to create a better approach to career exploration for students at every stage of their education journey.


Through a detailed workshop process, the report identified seven key challenges for Arizona while identifying three needs for immediate action, including creating:


● More equitable access to career exploration.

● A singular, shared technology infrastructure.

● A feedback loop between industry and educators.


“Our vision is to make Arizona the national showcase of workforce innovation, through collaboration across the talent development ecosystem,” said Jim Zaharis, co-chair of the ELG.


Our vision is to make Arizona the national showcase of workforce innovation, through collaboration across the talent development ecosystem." - Jim Zaharis

“Talent development is the foundation of economic development,” said Richard Condit, co-chair of the ELG. “This effort needs advocates, and our future will be defined by collaborative action. This report aims to close the disconnect between industry and education so that we can better prepare the workforce and get students more equitable access to careers they are passionate about.”


“Our future will be defined by collaborative action. This report aims to close the disconnect between industry and education so that we can better prepare the workforce and get students more equitable access to careers they are passionate about.” - Richard Condit

“As a career development and exploration tool designed for the Arizona community, connecting and amplifying the work of partners is core to our mission,” said Katherine Pappas, Director of Workforce Strategy for Pipeline AZ. “In convening the ELG, we wanted to give educators a platform to speak directly to industry about the needs of students, in order to improve access to tools and training and to better equip employers with a future-ready talent pipeline in our state.”


"We wanted to give educators a platform to speak directly to industry about the needs of students." - Katherine Pappas

Over the coming weeks and months, ELG will be taking these learnings on a roadshow to facilitate the collaboration needed to address the barriers to student career readiness. To download the full report, share the findings, and sign up to request a presentation for an organization visit elg.pipelineaz.com.


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Media Contacts:

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Primary Media Contact

OH Strategic Communications

Sophie@OHStrategic.com

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Stephanie Tomlin

Director of Marketing

Partnership for Economic Innovation

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602-576-4471


About Pipeline AZ


Pipeline AZ is a career development and exploration platform designed for the Arizona community, to create more pathways to in-demand careers by connecting the dots between industry and education.


Pipeline AZ uses skills mapping technology to help job seekers begin a new path, level-up in their existing careers, explore work or work-based learning opportunities, and discover new passions that change their career trajectory. For employers, Pipeline AZ is a valuable recruiting tool that features high-quality candidate matching, free job posting, and white-glove concierge case management service to assemble candidate pools with the skills needed to build their talent pipeline. Learn more at PipelineAZ.com .


About Partnership for Economic Innovation


Partnership for Economic Innovation is a passionate collective of business and community leaders dedicated to accelerating Arizona’s economic opportunities. We believe innovators are problem solvers who come from anywhere, if they have access to pathways to do so — which is why PEI is investing in community-building technology and R&D designed to make Arizona more resilient and empower innovators to bring world-changing ideas to market. PEI initiatives include:


Pipeline AZ, a career exploration platform creating more transparent pathways to advanced industry jobs and connecting Arizona workers to any training they might need to get there.


The Connective, Greater Phoenix’s internationally acclaimed Smart Region collaborative, convening cities, industries and entrepreneurs to lay the open innovation groundwork to solve Regional challenges.


WearTech and Blockchain Applied Research Centers are accelerating the development of emerging technology products with the potential to radically transform healthcare, keep us safer and more secure.


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