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AZNext: Workforce Training Accelerator Partnership for Next Generation Jobs

The Arizona State University AZNext Program is a public-private partnership designed to create a bold, innovative, and sustaining workforce development ecosystem that addresses the need for more skilled workers in IT, cybersecurity, and advanced manufacturing roles. Through bridging collaboration between the W. P. Carey School of Business, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with employers, workforce development networks, economic development organizations, and industry partnerships, AZNext creates job-training, upskilling, and reskilling models designed to connect technically skilled and certified workforce to next generation jobs.

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Check out this interview with Tekletic’s Casey Fox as he discusses AZNext’s ability to build boot camps specific to employer needs or veterans discuss what they got out of the Business Readiness for Vets program that they immediately applied to their careers on our AZNext YouTube Channel. You can also follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter at AZNext_ASU.

ASU leads effort to upskill, reskill workforce through $8M grant

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Arizona State University an $8 million grant to lead an innovative workforce development partnership to help train workers for high-paying, high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and information technology (IT).


Some recent notable industry partnerships with AZNext include upskilling and reskilling members of The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) in Fintech and other programs, Bakers Equipment Manufactured and Allieds (BEMA) on the Internet of Things, and working with Cloud Range on Cybersecurity Programming and Connecting with Trailhead and Salesforce for a Developer Academy.

Arizona PBS Horizon: Rob Buelow discusses AZNext

AZNext specifically focuses on programs leading to high-skilled, high-wage jobs in the field, including cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

Upskill or re-skill to move your career forward through a grant awarded to ASU by the U.S. Department of Labor

As artificial intelligence, automation enabled technologies, data analytics and engineering advancement change employer needs and opportunities, our workforce development program will help you gain the skills necessary to fill the open positions that come with them. AZNext is designed to build your skills, and provide access next generation opportunities. Partner employers are equally committed to this mission, offering professional experiences and training toward career paths focused on IT, Cybersecurity and Advanced Manufacturing.

Contact us or read our FAQ for updates and more information.

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Computer-aided Design Technician
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Energy Engineers
  • Engineering Technologists
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Manufacturing Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Robotics Engineers

IT and Cybersecurity

  • AI Prompt Master
  • Business analysts
  • Computer and information analysts
  • Computer programmers
  • Computer support specialists
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Computer user support specialists
  • Cloud Engineer
  • Database administrators
  • Data Scientist
  • Dev Ops Engineer
  • Information security analysts
  • Management analysts
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Systems Administrator
  • Security Analyst
  • Software Engineer
  • Software/Bot developers and programmers
  • Software Q/A Engineer/Tester
  • Web developers

Types of Training Models

Simulated work experience

Provides the experience of traditional work-based learning in a non-workplace setting.

Employer Upskilling and Retention

Workforce training design and infrastructure for upskilling your employees.


A paid experience integrating knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application in a professional skill.

Train-to-hire program

A training program in line with employer hiring needs leading to interviews and placement upon successful completion.


A short-term training in technical and soft skills to prepare for an apprenticeship program.


A competency-based program combining paid on-the-job training (OJT) and related instruction leading to an industry credential.

Note: A registered apprenticeship requires 2000 hours OJT and has additional DOL benefits for employer. An unregistered apprenticeship has flexible program length.

AZNext Team

Grant Staff

Raghu Santanam | Executive Director

Rob Buelow | Program Director

Patrick White | Project Coordinator

Mike Benesh | Program Coordinator

Daniel Fitzsimmons | Data Analysis Specialist

Veronica Gavotto | Program Manager, Workforce Development

Jeania Kimbrough | Project Manager Research

Anna Choi | Project Manager Research, CAPS Research

Savita Rao | Program Coordinator

Karlin Klass | Placement Coordinator

Kim Danielson | Program Facilitator

Academic Program Leaders

Arunachala Mada Kannan | Fulton Schools of Engineering

Edgard Luque | W. P. Carey School of Business

Thomas Sugar | Fulton Schools of Engineering

Karen Watanabe-Sailor | The New College

Partnership Directors

Timothy Beatty | Fulton Schools of Engineering

Octavio Heredia | Fulton Schools of Engineering

Ryan Owens | W. P. Carey School of Business

Community Partners

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  • Black Chamber of Arizona
  • Center for the Future of Arizona
  • City of Phoenix
  • Greater Phoenix Economic Council
  • Institute for Supply Management
  • Maricopa Community Colleges
  • Maricopa County
  • Partnership for Economic Innovation
  • Pipeline AZ
  • Scitech Institute
  • Tucson Metro Chamber

Employer Partners

Information Systems / Cybersecurity

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  • American Express
  • AutoMon
  • Caterpillar
  • Choice Hotels
  • Cinteot
  • Cognizant
  • CommonSpirit
  • Deloitte
  • Celltrust
  • Entrepix
  • Fortinet
  • HCL Software
  • IDlink
  • Infosys
  • InStride
  • Intel
  • Intuit
  • Iron Mountain
  • JNR Networks
  • Knight Transportation
  • Medtronic
  • Nationwide
  • Offerpad
  • Oppty
  • Paradox
  • Petsmart
  • Salesforce
  • Siemens
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Sonoran Quest Laboratories
  • SRP
  • StandardAero
  • Swift
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • TEK Systems
  • Tekletics
  • Translational Genomics Research Institute
  • TPI Composites
  • Vertech
  • Western Alliance Bancorporation

Advanced Manufacturing

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  • Boeing
  • Chemonics
  • Delta technology
  • Eclipse Automation
  • EVG
  • Honeywell
  • L3Harris
  • Lallemand
  • Lucid
  • Marcu Engineering
  • Nikola
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Oryx Additive
  • PADT
  • Paradigm Manufacturing
  • Pilgrim Aerospace Fasteners
  • Raytheon

Contact us

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