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. A groundbreaking collaboration between the W. P. Carey School of Business, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, AZNext brings together employers, workforce development networks, economic development organizations, and industry partnerships, while creating a model for replication across the Southwest and greater U.S.Request info
Upskill or re-skill to move your career forward through a grant awarded to ASU by the U.S. Department of Labor
There are more than 6.4 million job openings reported in the United States, and expanding workforce development will help you gain the skills necessary to fill these vacancies. AZNext is designed to not only provide you skills, but opportunities. Partner employers are equally committed to this mission, offering professional experiences and training toward your next step up.
- Electrical Engineers
- Industrial Engineers
- Manufacturing Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
IT and Cybersecurity
- Business analysts
- Computer and information analysts
- Computer programmers
- Computer support specialists
- Computer systems analysts
- Computer user support specialists
- Database administrators
- Information security analysts
- Management analysts
- Software app developers
- Software developers and programmers
- Web developers
Types of Training Models
Simulated work experience
Provides the experience of traditional work-based learning in a non-workplace setting.
An intensive, short-term training program on a specific job-ready skill.
A paid experience integrating knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application in a professional skill.
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. Requires 2000 hours OJT.
A competency-based program combining paid on-the-job training and related instruction leading to an industry credential. Flexible program length.
ASU, Siemens amplify curriculum for industry-bound students
By supporting the One Workforce grant and AZNext, Siemens remains dedicated to preparing students for the workforce and expanding manufacturing in Arizona.
ASU will lead 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).
Companies try to train their own new labor pools
Strapped for talent, more employers are reconsidering degree requirements and adopting training systems common in blue-collar trades.
Academic Program Leaders
Arunachala Mada Kannan | Fulton Schools of Engineering
Jason Nichols | W. P. Carey School of Business
Alan Simon | W. P. Carey School of Business
Thomas Sugar | Fulton Schools of Engineering
Karen Watanabe-Sailor | The New College
Contact us at AZNext@asu.edu to learn more about the ASU AZNext program.
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