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What is the purpose of the Summit?

The City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department and the city-located community colleges created a strategic alliance delivering solutions to Phoenix businesses and the workforce.  GateWay Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix College, and South Mountain Community College offer a full complement of educational programs custom-tailored to a company's short-and-long-term workforce needs.  Through credit, non-credit and clock-hour options, the city-located colleges are ready to meet the training needs of business & industry when, where, and how it is requested.

As major economic drivers in the City of Phoenix, the four Phoenix-located Maricopa Community Colleges serve more than 25,000 students annually, and award more than 6,700 certificates and degrees to working professionals. Collectively, the Phoenix-located colleges add more than $2.8 billion to the local economy each year. 

Participants will learn about our regional workforce, employer needs, and the college’s current program offerings.  Participants will also help guide the college’s programs for the future.  The Summit will culminate with recommendations and the next steps better integrate the college’s programs with our local businesses.

Featured Presenters

Your Phoenix Work4orce

Phoenix Work4orce

In preparation for the Summit, a business survey was launched in fall 2020 to determine what we can accomplish partnered together. 

Survey questions include topics such as:

  • What are the partnership opportunities?
  • What are the needs for upskilling the current workforce?
  • What are the gaps identified when interviewing up and coming employees?
  • Are there opportunities for training and workforce development through WBEs?
  • Are there opportunities to provide specialized/customized workforce programs?


Summit Agenda (PDF)

The Summit sessions will highlight:

  • Trends, Needs and What Are We Hearing from Businesses in Phoenix Today
  • How to Connect with the Maricopa Community Colleges - Your Phoenix Work4orce
  • Current & Future State of the Workforce in Metro Phoenix

The summit will continue with Industry Sector Breakout Sessions hosted by each college - to develop recommendations for the Future of Work in Phoenix by sector:

  • IT/Cybersecurity
  • Allied Health or Healthcare
  • Business Services
  • Construction

Industry sector specific papers written by industry/education partners identifying college assets, needs/gaps, and overlaid with economic data are included.

Registration Information

Registration Free and Available at

March 4, 2021
8:30 - 11:00am

For more information please contact Summit organizers at


Title Sponsors:

    Phoenix College Logo City of Phoenix Logo 2020    
    Phoenix College City of Phoenix    




AZ Chamber of Commerce   Black Chamber of Commerce   American Manufacturers Council  
Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce   Greater Phoenix Chamber   Pipeline AZ 2021 Logo  
  Greater Phoenix Economic Council   Phoenix is Hot    

Sponsorship & Partnership Opportunities


Education Partners:

  GateWay PVCC Logo South Mountain Logo