Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Employment Centers

Arizona Workforce Connection

The Arizona Workforce Connection helps businesses by providing free services including; securing qualified talent through recruitment and screening, provide training to new and existing employees, and they offer layoff aversion resources and transition strategies. The Arizona Workforce Connections also provides free services to job seekers, including; job placement, skills assessments, job training, career counseling, resume development and more to job seekers.

One Stop Access Point

Kim Rodriguez or Linda Martinez
1015 E. FLorence Blvd
Casa Grande, AZ 85222
Phone: (520) 374-3000


Central Arizona College


The Signal Peak Campus of Central Arizona College (CAC) is located 10 miles east of Casa Grande. CAC is a comprehensive, accredited community college offering more than 50 pre-baccalaureate programs, from arts to engineering science, and more than 90 occupational programs of study. The college offers courses that transfer to universities and an extensive program of credit and noncredit professional development and skill enhancement classes.

Central Arizona College offers a wide variety of continuing education courses, programs and workshops, including custom tailored in-service training for local industry. CAC also offers courses through the internet and an interactive distance learning television network linking all district campuses with a full range of course experiences.


Arizona State University


Within an hour’s drive from the central Arizona region is Arizona State University. Arizona State University (ASU) is the largest public research university in the United States under a single administration, with total student enrollment of 98,146 as of fall 2016.  It has six campuses.

In the 2015-2016 academic year, 21,953 students graduated from the university. The Princeton Review ranks ASU as one of the country’s top universities for undergraduate education in its 2017 edition of  “The Best 381 Colleges.” The ranking puts ASU in the top 15 percent of all four-year colleges in America, citing ASU for its outstanding academics, quality of student life and numerous internship opportunities.

In addition to traditional programs, ASU is home to the Morrison Institute of Public Policy, the Global Institute of Sustainability and the Biodesign Institute.

University of Arizona


With a current enrollment of 43,625 students, the University of Arizona in Tucson is the leading public research university in the American Southwest. This is a diverse community of people who thrive on innovation and collaboration. The U of A’s world-class faculty creates discoveries that improve the human condition and fuel the state’s economy. Their research enterprise provides undergraduate students with opportunities for hands-on experiences that can be found in few universities in the world. As the state’s land-grant university, U of A’s research and resources enrich communities around the state and around the world.

The U of A is ranked 19th by the National Science Foundation. Students work alongside world-class professors to discover new knowledge and launch their own careers. The University has also been nationally recognized and ranked in the fields of medicine, management, physical sciences, communications and law.

Employers can count on a steady output of well-educated, trained professionals. The U of A awarded a total of 9,973 degrees for the 2015-2016 academic year, which included 7,089bachelors, 1,977 masters, 524 doctorates and 383 first professionals.

Central Arizona Region R&D

Northern Arizona University


Northern Arizona University is a four-year public research university that offers 151 number of degree programs.  NAU has a student population of approximately 30,000 at its main campus located in Flagstaff and at over 35 sites across the state.

NAU Distance Learning allows students to pursue higher education through alternative learning environments that meet the demands of today’s busy student. Distance Learning is flexible, delivered through new and innovative technologies, and allows students to meet their educational goals outside of, or in conjunction with, a traditional classroom setting. With technological advances, NAU now employs a variety of mediums to deliver programs to students worldwide. NAU Distance Learning continues to adapt to serve an evolving student population driven by different educational needs. Distance Learning is offered via more than 35 campuses across Arizona.

University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center

The goal of the Maricopa Agricultural Center is to develop, deliver and service the best integrated agricultural technologies for all problems faced by Arizona consumers and producers. Research focuses on cotton, small grains, alfalfa and new specialty crops that could be used to provide fibers, oils and pharmaceuticals. The Center also supports extension outreach programs such as Ag-Ventures, various University classes and Ag-Literacy for all ages.


Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology

Ppep Tec – Alice S. Paul Learning Center


Central Arizona College

Northern Arizona University