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State to invest millions in manufacturing workforce training in rural areas

Steel factory floor, stacked with a lot of steel
Steel factory floor, stacked with a lot of steel

Arizona is partnering with the manufacturing Industry and local colleges to train potential workers in rural areas of the state.

Gov. Katie Hobbs announced this week 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’s slated to be up and running in 2025. The other accelerator will be at an expansion of the Wellton Manufacturing Training Center at Arizona Western College.

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 accelerators.