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Thriving Here

Accessible Higher

Thriving Here

Accessibility to a skilled workforce is a critical factor when a company decides to locate to a new community.

Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, and Maricopa County Community College – the largest community college district in the nation – are among our nationally recognized academic partners that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines.

Higher Education In Our Backyard

Scholarship Opportunities

In the Fall of 2021, the City of Avondale teamed up with Estrella Mountain Community College and the Maricopa Community College Foundation to leverage American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and created a first-of-its-kind collaborative scholarship opportunity. In response to the industries hit hardest by the pandemic, the Avondale EDGE Scholarship was created to help students pursuing careers in the food and healthcare industries, earning degrees in Culinary Arts and Nursing. Avondale businesses are able to offer this scholarship opportunity as a recruitment tool for their incoming and existing workforce and the community colleges are able to facilitate a thriving education-to-workforce pipeline.

Estrella Mountain Community College Nursing program, approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), will prepare you with the fundamental skills necessary to be successful as a nurse assistant, licensed practical nurse (LPN), or as a registered nurse (RN) in a variety of acute, long-term, and community-based healthcare settings.
The Culinary Arts program covers a wide curriculum of hands-on training to help you become the toast of the town – as a cook, pastry or restaurant chef, baker, or caterer. Our expert instructors will teach you culinary and baking concepts and techniques, nutrition, and theory.

K-12 Education Opportunities

Find the top-rated school in your area.

Looking for State Resources?

This program offers no-cost talent acquisition assistance to companies moving to or expanding in Arizona.

Office of Economic Opportunity

The goal of this office is to identifying Arizona’s economic advantages.

Military & Veteran Success Center

Located at Luke Air Force Base, this center offers free services and resources for transitioning military members, veterans and their dependents.

Reveille Foundation - Veterans

The Reveille Foundation supports populations such as transitioning military, veterans and families, Native Americans and others with individualized case management plans.

Regional Workforce Resources


Arizona @ Work brings together the state’s leading resources to help your company find employment and labor market information.

Manufacturer’s Council

The Arizona Manufacturer’s Council is the voice of Arizona manufacturing and a community of makers dedicated to creating the innovations that safeguard and improve people’s lives and to providing the jobs that anchor Arizona’s economy.

Career Connectors

Career Connectors is an organization dedicated to connecting professionals in career transition to hiring companies and quality resources.

Goodwill Jobs &
Training Center

Goodwill connects people who need jobs, need better jobs and need skills to launch careers with the training, supports and resources they need.

Phoenix Chamber

The Phoenix Chamber Foundation focuses on improving the region’s prosperity and serves as a link between industry and education, ensuring that students in the region have access to high-quality affordable education and related job training.

Valley Pipeline

WESTMARC’s West Valley Pipeline is a key initiative for the Economic Development Committee, further priming the pump for additional development in the West Valley by spearheading a regional workforce program and localize labor analytics.