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MCCCD Invests in Innovative Career Development Technology to Guide Students to Career Success


Following successful conclusion of year-long pilot program with Pipeline AZ, MCCCD will roll out innovative career exploration technology platform to all students


Phoenix, AZ (August 9, 2021)Pipeline AZ, an Arizona career development and job skills exploration platform, announced it will be partnering with the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) on a unique approach to support students in achieving their career goals while at the same time developing qualified workers for Arizona’s many thriving industries. This partnership aligns MCCCD’s field of interest course curriculum with Pipeline AZ’s innovative career technology, resulting in improved opportunities for students to match their skills with their desired career path.


With the conclusion of a successful year-long pilot program, Pipeline AZ will white-label its platform and services to act as the singular career exploration and talent pipeline infrastructure for all of MCCCD’s 10 unique colleges starting this Fall. Every MCCCD student will have access to customized career exploration tools and support through the Pipeline AZ platform that brings together students seeking career opportunities and a wide range of eager employers across Arizona. Students will also learn from the platform’s advanced insights about the exact skills, education, or certificates they need to reach their career goals.


“The career journey can be an iterative and complicated process, and our priority is to help our students ultimately find success whether that be placement into a career or continued learning. Pipeline AZ will serve as the integrated technology tool for our entire district to be able to meet this priority for all students, no matter their background, skills, or career preferences,” said Eric Leshinskie, Interim Provost at MCCCD.


With the official rollout of the MCCCD and Pipeline AZ partnership, students will be able to complete a user profile at where they will take a skills assessment and identify various fields of interest. Upon completion of their profile, students will then have access to a variety of career exploration opportunities and information, including job shadowing, service learning, field experience, research, apprenticeship, further education, and other opportunities that match the student’s career goals.


“One of the largest gaps we have identified in workforce and talent development here in Arizona was having a singular place that both job seekers and employers can look to for new career opportunities and ideal job candidates,” said Mary Foote, Director of Pipeline AZ. “Pipeline AZ aims to fill that gap by offering a single platform for institutions, students, and employers to connect and reduce fragmentation of the career development and hiring process. We are thrilled to partner with MCCCD and help students achieve the very best in their career exploration journey.”


Pipeline AZ is an initiative of the Partnership for Economic Innovation, a passionate collective of business and community leaders dedicated to accelerating Arizona’s economic opportunities. The work of Pipeline AZ is made possible in part by the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority. Job seekers of any age and experience can connect with employers at




The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving approximately 100,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.



Pipeline AZ is a career development and exploration platform that creates pathways to in-demand careers by connecting the dots between industry and education. It uses skills mapping technology to help job seekers discover new paths or level up in their existing careers while also serving as a valuable recruiting tool for employers. Pipeline AZ is an initiative of the Partnership for Economic Innovation. Learn more at



Partnership for Economic Innovation is a passionate collective of business and community leaders dedicated to accelerating Arizona’s economic opportunities. We believe innovators are problem solvers who come from anywhere, if they have access to pathways to do so — which is why PEI is investing in community-building technology and R&D designed to make Arizona more resilient and empower innovators to bring world-changing ideas to market. PEI initiatives include:


·       Pipeline AZ, a career exploration platform creating more transparent pathways to advanced industry jobs and connecting Arizona workers to any training they might need to get there.

·       The Connective, Greater Phoenix’s internationally acclaimed Smart Region collaborative, convening cities, industries and entrepreneurs to lay the open innovation groundwork to solve regional challenges.

·       WearTech and Blockchain Applied Research Centers are accelerating the development of emerging technology products with the potential to radically transform healthcare, keep us safer and more secure.

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