Achieve Pinal is a regional grassroots effort dedicated to working with education, government, business and other interested community partners to develop a competitive workforce for future jobs by improving educational attainment in Pinal County.
Currently in Arizona, only 43 percent of adults have education beyond a high school diploma. However, in less than five years, nearly 70 percent of jobs will require education beyond high school. In order for Arizona to be competitive, we need to focus on increasing the number of individuals who are equipped with a high value professional certificate or degree.
Articulating curriculum from Kindergarten through post-secondary education is essential to better prepare students to be skilled workers and job ready for new jobs coming to the region. Retraining current workers towards higher skills will create a more qualified workforce.
Lucid Motors announced plans in late 2016 to locate a $700 million plant in Casa Grande. This Tesla rival could bring 2,000 plus jobs to the region over a 5-year period. A project of this magnitude will likely attract supporting industries for the production of their cars. Efforts to fulfill a rich qualified worker pipeline are critical.
Anticipating the arrival of new employers like Lucid Motors, Nikola Corporation, Attesa, and many other new employers countywide, Achieve Pinal is working to improve educational attainment and develop a qualified workforce.
Education in Pinal County
Education is an important element of any community. The central Arizona region is fortunate to be supported by excellent elementary and high school programs, a county wide community college system, Central Arizona College, and world class universities: Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.
The communities of Casa Grande, and Eloy are supported by seven different school districts representing elementary, middle and high schools. The total student K-12 population is greater than 17,000. In addition to the various high schools, the Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology, a Joint Technology Education School District, supports junior and senior students in the central Arizona region by offering training programs for high demand jobs.
Central Arizona College supports county wide education through 4 campuses and 7 satellite locations across the county. In addition to the traditional courses offered by the college, Central Arizona College partners with businesses to enhance the abilities and skills of their employees through existing or custom made programs.
Strategically located between two world class institutions of higher education, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, central Arizona benefits from the proximity to highly ranked programs ranging from business and engineering to education and nursing. In addition, Northern Arizona University offers many programs on the Central Arizona Campus such as bachelor programs in business and education, and select masters programs.
Casa Grande Elementary School District (K-8)
Casa Grande Union High School District (9-12)
Parochial School (K-8)
Coolidge Unified School District (K-12)
Eloy Elementary School District (K-8)
Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District (9-12)
Toltec Elementary School District (K-8)
Central Arizona College
Arizona State University
Arizona State University's online platform, ASU Online
University of Arizona
Northern Arizona University
University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center
Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology