Building Arizona’s Future Workforce

At a recent Tocqueville Talks Breakfast presentation, “Building Arizona’s Future Workforce,” Ty Freeland, Director of Talent Acquisition for APS, shared a story about an 18-year-old mother of two who joined the company as a contractor with the janitorial staff a year ago. 

“Although friendly and diligent in her work, she always walked with her head down,” he said.

Ever since a company executive introduced her to Aspire Pathways (formerly Aspire-Legacy) —a collaboration of Arizona’s skilled trade industry, the Maricopa County Community College system, United Way and other local agencies—she is now on track to complete her GED, enroll in college and create a future working in the skilled trade industry. Because of you and your generous support, our students and our workforce have a brighter future.


“I’ve watched her confidence grow, because now she has a path,” said Freeland. “No one handed it to her. She was simply given the opportunity to be heard, supported and assured,‘We see you, we believe in you, and here are some things you can do to get your future going.’”

Freeland was part of a panel discussion led by Chris Camacho, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, that addressed how United Way and our partners are meeting the challenges of a changing workforce. This Aspire Pathways program is a multi-generational approach that brings together local employers, schools, students and families to prepare students for high-demand jobs. Additionally, the program recently launched Aspire Pathways for Healthcare preparing the first cohort of students for careers in the healthcare industry.

Hear more from students, parents and experts in business and education on how this innovative program is changing our community.



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