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 worked with state and local governments to design a new way to support adult learners through the Public Service Promise Project. This new issue brief released in March 2021 highlights the importance of engaging and supporting adults over age 24 to earn postsecondary credentials. As the brief outlines, one of the most effective ways to connect with Arizona adults is through their employer. For approximately 300,000 adults in Arizona that employer is a public entity.

Working with partner communities across the state, Achieve60AZ explored and analyzed existing policies to design a best-in-class Public Service Promise. The Arizona Public Service Promise brief offers tools, policy templates, and research to galvanize action so that public employees can lead in postsecondary attainment.

Final Report

Achieve60AZ worked 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. 

Research

Public Institution Employer Education Assistance Report (January 2020)

Background for Designing a Tuition Benefit Pilot: Landscape, Policy Scan, and Considerations (March 2020)

Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Public Sector Workforce Development (March 2020)

Additional Tools