State and local public institutions that are actively supporting attainment efforts often overlook a major way they can contribute – as employers. Public sector employees make up a significant percentage of the workforce in Arizona, but are not always considered in economic development and postsecondary attainment discussions. And employees who achieve higher levels of attainment are more valuable to their organizations.

With support from Lumina Foundation, Achieve60AZ is working with state and local governments to design a new way to support adult learners through the Public Service Promise Project. The project aims to reimagine the way that education benefits — largely tuition reimbursement programs — are designed and implemented. This pilot policy will be tested as a new way for local public agencies to incentivize their employees to complete a postsecondary credential or degree. We are pleased to be working with a diverse group of committed community partners in this effort, including the Arizona Department of Administration and Arizona Department of Corrections; Coconino, Pima, and Yuma counties; the cities of Phoenix, Tempe, and Tucson; and Maricopa and Pima community college districts. 

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