University of Phoenix Announces Educational Partnership with Maricopa Community Colleges

  University of Phoenix Announces Educational Partnership with Maricopa
  Community Colleges

 New Educational Alliance Create Career Pathways to Address Workforce Skills

Business Wire

PHOENIX -- February 28, 2012

University of Phoenix,the nation’s largest private university and leader in
educating today’s working learner, today announced an innovative partnership
with Maricopa Community Colleges that will provide new educational
opportunities in manufacturing, healthcare, business, and hospitality. The new
partnership was announced at a special signing ceremony at Rio Salado College.

Through the new partnership, University of Phoenix and Maricopa Community
Colleges will work with area business, academic and diversity leaders to
identify workforce needs and develop focused curriculum and specific career
pathways to meet those area workforce skills gaps. Students will have the
opportunity to earn an associate’s degree at any Maricopa Community College
and then seamlessly transition to a bachelor’ degree program at University of

“We agree with President Obama—community colleges are critical in developing
our next generation of skilled workers—and that’s why we continue to invest in
these types of partnerships,” said Dr. Bill Pepicello, President, University
of Phoenix. “When two education providers like University of Phoenix and
Maricopa Community Colleges come together to present education solutions, the
benefit to students, employers and the local economy is that much greater.”

As part of the partnership, Maricopa Community College students will have the
opportunity to potentially convert prior training and work experience into
college credit through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) at University of
Phoenix. Through a new University of Phoenix transfer policy, credits earned
through an associate’s of arts degree at Maricopa Community Colleges will
transfer to University of Phoenix and satisfy general education course
requirements so students can immediately begin working towards their
bachelor’s degree in their field of study. University of Phoenix and Maricopa
Community Colleges will also explore transfer trends to ensure the partnership
is meeting local employer demands.

“The Maricopa Community Colleges are committed to helping our students reach
their educational goals, and part of that commitment is ensuring that they
have as many ways as possible to achieve success,” said Dr. Rufus Glasper,
Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges. “This new partnership will
provide a transition from associate’s to bachelor’s degree in areas like
manufacturing, hospitality and business, where we know we need skilled workers
and need them now.”

For more information on this new partnership, please visit

About Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa County Community College District is one of the largest community
college districts in the nation. It includes 10 colleges – Chandler-Gilbert
Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College, GateWay Community
College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley
Community College, Phoenix College, Rio Salado College, Scottsdale Community
College and South Mountain Community College. The District also includes the
Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, several satellite campuses and
business/industry; technical and customized training institutes.

For more information on this new partnership, please visit

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance
education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules,
challenging courses and interactive learning, students can achieve personal
and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. University of
Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s,
master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers
across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information,


Maricopa Community Colleges
Tom Gariepy, 480-731-8248
University of Phoenix
Alanna Vitucci
Media Hotline, 602-254-0086
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