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Whether he’s delivering a commencement speech or speaking at a community event, Dr. Pepicello loves to share his passion for education, students and the University. Stay current with the latest communications from Dr. Pepicello as well as past speeches, monthly newsletters and interviews in various news outlets.
Let’s get to work
There are about 4 million open jobs in this country and more than 11 million unemployed people. The problem is that people don’t have the skills and training to fill gaps in today’s workforce. I’m proud that at University of Phoenix, we’re working to solve this problem by taking an entirely new approach to preparing students for their career of choice.
You may have seen one of our commercials that ends with the call, “Let’s get to work.” This slogan truly resonates with me because it’s more than a catchy phrase; it signals the University of Phoenix commitment to our students that every step of the way, we’re working to connect education to a meaningful career.
We’ve made great strides in creating opportunities so that our students can develop the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in their occupations.
For instance, our Phoenix Career Services™ resources and new Phoenix Career Guidance System™ online tool were designed to help our students explore their interests and research the job market.
We’re also actively working with employers and key leaders in employment sectors to align our students’ education with in-demand careers. Our Industry Strategy Group (ISG) identifies needed skills and competencies in the retail, criminal justice, health care, security and manufacturing fields by working directly with industry associations. These collaborations give us the insight to develop relevant curricula that reflect the priorities and needs of U.S. industries.
Our Workforce Solutions department cultivates relationships with more than 2,000 companies — organizations like Microsoft and Cisco Systems — to make sure our students’ training and degrees provide the knowledge base necessary to succeed in their careers.
We’re changing the higher education conversation by offering our students the specific and relevant skills, knowledge and opportunities they need to explore future opportunities.
And this is how we’re helping the country get back to work.
The season of beginnings
Bill Pepicello, Spring 2013
Spring is the season of beginnings: the first pitch of baseball season, the first buds on the trees and flowers in the lawn, and, in higher education, it’s the time for commencement. Often, we see commencement, which means the beginning of something, as the end of a program of study. But in fact, commencement is the beginning of the next part of life, one that we hope will be enriched by and guided by our education.
And just like the seasons, education is cyclical; it’s a lifelong journey of discovery and renewal as we make our way through a complex and global environment where information is essential to growth and success. The accessibility of information through technology enables us to develop in ways that are limited only by our own imaginations, and to embark on adventures at every stage of life.
Lifelong learning is the key to opening endless possibilities as we absorb a world of knowledge that expands at an amazing rate every day. Education nourishes our passions and helps us reach new heights as we adapt to and participate in a constantly evolving and exciting world. So take every opportunity to plant the seeds of learning that will grow into your future — new beginnings and new seasons.
University of Phoenix Sponsors Junior Achievement “You’re Hired!” Event for High School Achievers
by Jeff Hecht
On Wednesday, March 27th, University of Phoenix served as the presenting sponsor at Junior Achievement’s “You’re Hired!” event held at the Arizona Biltmore resort. At the event, more than 400 high school students from metropolitan Phoenix were on hand to learn not only invaluable skills to help them achieve greater success in school, but also important business and career readiness skills like interviewing, networking, resumé writing and communicating with professionals.
Business professionals from the local community volunteered their time to network with the high school students, share experiences and help the students develop proficiencies in resumé writing, speaking to business people in one-on-one or small group settings, and thinking on their feet. The purpose was to build and refine the skills necessary not only to graduate from high school, but also to thrive in a post-secondary environment and ultimately, land a rewarding career.
University of Phoenix President Bill Pepicello welcomed students and volunteers to the event, providing opening remarks that discussed the alignment of the University’s mission to provide access to higher education with Junior Achievement’s mission of empowering young people toward their own economic success.
“Junior Achievement’s mission and the values of our University are aligned to help make America a more productive society and country,” Pepicello said. “Although we deal primarily with working adults, through Junior Achievement, we have the opportunity to help all of you become part of a nation that, through education, will bring America back to strength in the world.”
As a Junior Achievement partner, University of Phoenix supports programs and initiatives by providing sponsorship, facilitating curricula, running events and providing volunteers for activities. In 2010–2011, Apollo Education Group, the University’s parent company, was named the Junior Achievement of Arizona Corporate Partner of the Year.
“We’re so proud to support Junior Achievement, as they are preparing the kids of today to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Jessica Smothermon, director of strategic partnerships for Apollo Education Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility department. “Through their hard work in Phoenix and all across the nation, high school students are equipped with the skills and confidence to excel in school, continue their education and development in college, and succeed in their chosen career field.”
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