Generations of Arizona students have grown up with the Five “C’s” of the state: Cotton, Citrus, Copper, Climate, and Cattle. Now more than ever, it is time to acknowledge the sixth “C” of Arizona – an attribute that we must cherish, nourish, support, and enhance: Classrooms and Continuous Education. There should be absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind today that Arizona’s Job #1 today is the creation and importation of jobs for Arizona and Arizonans. The crux of this vital mission is inextricably interwoven to the success and adaptability of Arizona’s educational systems – pre-kindergarten to and past post graduate work. Today and (especially) tomorrow’s workforce demands individuals with a solid work ethic and a firm grasp of the essentials of learning systems. In order to succeed, Arizonans must know how to learn in order to adapt to the continuously changing demands of a global workplace. Are we there? Sad to say, the answer’s “no” but I’m pleased to say we’ve got a plethora of tiny bright lights of accomplishment. If we can begin to successfully connect the dots, Arizona can and will take its place as THE place to live, work, raise a family, and learn.
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53% of Arizona’s graduates do not qualify to enroll in our state’s public universities.