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The University of Phoenix has announced a partnership with the Maricopa Community Colleges that will provide new educational opportunities in manufacturing, healthcare, business and hospitality. 

Through the new partnership, the University of Phoenix and the Maricopa Community Colleges will work with area businesses and academic and diversity leaders to identify workforce needs in order to develop focused curriculum for specific career pathways intended to meet deficiencies in workforce skills. 

Students will have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree at any Maricopa Community College and then seamlessly transition to a bachelor’s degree program at the University of Phoenix.

“We agree with President Obama that 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 of the University of Phoenix. “When two education providers like the University of Phoenix and the Maricopa Community Colleges come together to present education solutions, the benefit to students, employers and the local economy is that much greater.”

One consequence of the partnership is that Maricopa Community College students will have the opportunity to convert prior training and work experience into college credit through Prior Learning Assessment at the University of Phoenix. 

Through a new University of Phoenix transfer policy, credits earned through an associate of arts degree at Maricopa Community Colleges will transfer to the University of Phoenix and satisfy general education course requirements so that students can begin working towards  bachelor’s degrees in their fields immediately. 

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