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.Request info Browse programs
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.
- 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.
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.
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
- 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
Information Systems / Cybersecurity
- American Express
- Choice Hotels
- HCL Software
- Iron Mountain
- JNR Networks
- Knight Transportation
- Silicon Valley Bank
- Sonoran Quest Laboratories
- Tata Consultancy Services
- TEK Systems
- Translational Genomics Research Institute
- TPI Composites
- Western Alliance Bancorporation
- Delta technology
- Eclipse Automation
- Marcu Engineering
- NXP Semiconductors
- Oryx Additive
- Paradigm Manufacturing
- Pilgrim Aerospace Fasteners
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