For Arizona’s economy to create and sustain high-growth, high-wage jobs, our education system must develop students whose skills thrive in a globally, competitive world. Current and prospective employers in Arizona need an education system that prepares graduates for the employment and educational opportunities of the 21st now, the gap between what business needs and what skills our students have is among our greatest challenges.
Unfortunately, Arizona has consistently had one of the lowest-ranked education systems in the country. This problem results in workforce issues for existing businesses and influences those companies looking to relocate into the Phoenix region.
The Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority have honored 12 of the top legislators who embrace technology and help strengthen the industry in the state.
“These distinguished state leaders understand the importance of technology to the future of Arizona,” said Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, in a statement. “We applaud each of them for their willingness to work tirelessly to strengthen policies that create jobs and educate our technology workforce.”
By Karina Bland
The Republic | azcentral.com
Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:54 PM
Jill Hogan snapped Bentley into his chest harness and leash and rubbed the old English springer spaniel’s head.
She walked him slowly down his owner’s sloping driveway, a little way down the street and then back up the driveway, talking the whole way.
“All right, all right. There you go, buddy!”
Bentley is 12 years old, a bit arthritic, blind and hard of hearing.
“Just a little bit farther — you can do it!”
Up and down the driveway, up and down the street.
It is a challenge that Bentley’s pet-sitter understands. Living with a mental illness is like that, too. Up and down, up and down.