Energy Institute

Arizona Get Into Energy Consortium

Arizona Sun Corridor- Get Into Energy Consortium
Southwest Energy Partners Best of the West Award
Southwest Energy Partners Best of the West Award


The Arizona Sun Corridor- Get Into Energy Consortium (ASC-GIEC) is a group of community colleges and industry stakeholders that formed to create sustainable energy workforce pathways to train students for in-demand careers. In 2012, the five college consortium, which includes lead institution Estrella Mountain, Chandler-Gilbert, Northland Pioneer, Pima and Yavapai community colleges, received a Department of Labor (DOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant in the amount of $13.5 million to be spent over a three year performance period.

Funds from the grant helped the colleges purchase capital equipment for training labs, hire program staff and faculty, develop and redesign curricula to meet industry employment needs and provide resources for strategic planning and partnership development. The project outcomes have fostered pathway innovations for energy programs across the state of Arizona.

During the grant performance period, the consortium collectively served 1,746 students directly impacted by the grant, and nearly 3,000 students that participated in the energy programs in some capacity.   To learn more about the grant outcomes, view our Program Outcomes PDF document embedded on this page.

With sustainability and workforce planning as a key focal point of the project, the ASC-GIEC developed or enhanced 18 programs of study relating to careers in the energy and mining industries, all of which have sustained beyond the life of the grant. To learn more about these programs and the steps to enroll, visit the individual college links below. Career information can be found on the participating employer partner pages, also linked below.

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Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Estrella Mountain Community College

Northland Pioneer College

Pima Community College

Yavapai College

Participating Partners