Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs announces rural manufacturing training initiative

Jun 29, 2023, 6:00 PM

Gov. Katie Hobbs speaks during the 2023 Arizona Workforce Summit on Friday, June 29, 2023. Hobbs an...

Gov. Katie Hobbs speaks during the 2023 Arizona Workforce Summit on Friday, June 29, 2023. (Twitter Photo/@azcommerce)

(Twitter Photo/@azcommerce)

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is partnering with the manufacturing industry and local colleges to train potential workers in rural areas of the state.

Gov. Katie Hobbs announced Friday the formation of two “manufacturing workforce accelerators” in Yuma and Kingman.

The Democratic governor says the training programs, called Future48 Workforce Accelerators, will ensure residents in less urban areas benefit from the growing presence of manufacturing and technology companies.

One program will be anchored in Kingman Airport and Industrial Park in collaboration with Mohave Community College. It is slated to be up and running in 2025.

Mohave Community College officials said in a joint news release that this will provide necessary resources to the region that has seen massive growth in manufacturing, transportation and mining.

The other accelerator will be at an expansion of the Wellton Manufacturing Training Center at Arizona Western College. It is expected to be operational next year.

Progressive Pipe, NUCOR Steel and General Motor Proving Grounds are some of the companies who will have a presence.

The Arizona Commerce Authority will oversee the operations.

The state is investing up to $30 million to create six of these accelerators.

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Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs announces rural manufacturing training initiative