Arizona Sun Corridor- Get Into Energy Consortium
Much like the story of an old familiar sitcom family, a group of five colleges came together and knew they must somehow form a family. So, with some special grant funding from the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative, and a lot of collaboration, that’s the way they all became the Arizona Sun Corridor-Get Into Energy Consortium (ASC-GIEC).
Comprised of a group of educational institutions and industry stakeholders, the ASC-GIEC is named after the region it supports, the Arizona Sun Corridor. The region is one of 10 defined mega-regions in the United States, spanning nearly 32,000 square miles from the Mexican border to north of Phoenix. The corridor is expected to experience high growth, with projections of reaching over 9 million in population by 2040.*
As part of the grant initiative, the ASC-GIEC has developed degree programs to foster a workforce pipeline as a response to recent energy industry changes. Each college has unique certificate and degree pathways, which can be found on the individual college webpages. All ASC-GIEC programs have a common foundation based on a tiered compentency model, allowing every student to receive the necessary credentials and training upon enertering one of the consortium's programs. Visit each of the five college pages to learn more about the programs available, or click here to view the competency model.
*Source: Megapolitan: Arizona's Sun Corridor Report, prepared by Morrison Institute of Arizona State University, May 2008.