ElevateEdAZ is an initiative of the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation (the Foundation) focused on aligning classes and curriculum with workforce needs, creating opportunities for students to apply academics through work-based learning, and increasing student exposure to pathways. ElevateEdAZ is designed as a model for Arizona schools to better integrate viable career pathways into the K-12 education system.
The Foundation partnered with Phoenix Union High School District (PXU) to launch the program with the Academies at South Mountain and Phoenix Coding Academy in 2020, with plans to expand to additional high schools and districts in 2021. Each partner school is supported by an ElevateEdAZ College and Career Coach to assist in bringing work-based learning opportunities to students, offer aptitude and interest-based career assessments, and ensure students are exposed to a variety of high-demand career options.
ElevateEdAZ also offers programming for teachers and counselors including Educator Externships, which are offered in partnership with Arizona Business and Education Coalition and the Center for the Future of Arizona. In addition, educators are able to seamlessly connect with business professionals through the CommunityShare platform to coordinate work-based learning opportunities including job shadowing, guest speakers, internships, apprenticeships, and more.
In the current landscape of Arizona’s labor market, 65% of jobs require some level of education beyond a high school diploma; yet only 44% of Arizona’s residents receive a post-secondary education. With ElevateEdAZ, educators are able to partner with employers who are committed to providing time and resources to help high school students become college and career ready, allowing Arizona’s growing labor demand to benefit from a qualified workforce.
Funding for this program was made possible by Pharos Foundation, the Arizona Community Foundation, and other generous philanthropic and corporate sponsors.
Launched in 2020, ElevateEdAZ prepares individuals for college and career through stronger alignment between education, business, and the community. ElevateEdAZ is an initiative of the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation.
About the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation
The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation convenes and catalyzes business, education, and community to enhance college and career readiness, develop a stronger workforce, and build healthier communities throughout Arizona.