PHOENIX, Dec. 14, 2011 – Junior Achievement of Arizona is pleased to announce that University of Phoenix has received its 2010-2011 Corporate Partner Award.

The Junior Achievement of Arizona Corporate Partner Award was created to recognize outstanding partnership with an organization supporting Junior Achievement.

"We are incredibly grateful for the long-term partnership we have enjoyed with University of Phoenix," said Joyce Richards, president, Junior Achievement of Arizona. "To have a major educational organization like University of Phoenix donate their time and resources is what keeps Junior Achievement going."

University of Phoenix's partnership with Junior Achievement began in 1994 and has expanded over the years. During the past year, University of Phoenix:

  • Served as the presenting sponsor of JA You're Hired! - a work and career readiness program for high school students. Pioneered in Arizona, JA You're Hired! has been so successful that Junior Achievement is now replicating the program nationally.
  • Created a mock-campus in JA's BizTown. Located in Tempe, Ariz.,JA BizTown is an integrated simulated town that helps fourth to sixth grade students to relate academics to life beyond school. The JA Biz Town University of Phoenix campus allows middle school students to enroll as college students, earn diplomas and experience campus director and academic advisor roles.
  • Employees have donated 1,329 hours of volunteer service at 57 schools during this past year as well as staffed JA You're Hired events and the JA BizTown University of Phoenix campus.

"Junior Achievement of Arizona and University of Phoenix share a combined focus on school and workforce readiness as well as fostering the love of learning in young students," shared Pat Gottfried, vice president, corporate social responsibility, University of Phoenix. "Together, we are dedicated to helping Arizona students with practical, real-world knowledge in order to compete in a growing and diverse economy."

About Junior Achievement of Arizona

Junior Achievement is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which believes that every child deserves an education in economics and finances in order to inspire and prepare them for success in a global economy. Serving Arizona's youth since 1957, JA prepares young people for the real world by showing them how to become self-sufficient, how to create jobs which make their communities robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.  Junior Achievement of Arizona reached 83,314 students during the 2011-2012 school year.  For more information on Junior Achievement or ways to get involved, please call 480-377-8500 or visit

About JA USA

Junior Achievement has been promoting the ideals of entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workplace readiness for almost a century. JA USA reaches approximately four million students per year in nearly 173,000 classrooms and after-school locations throughout the country. The JA mission is supported by nearly 167,000 classroom volunteers around the country, from all walks of life, including business people, college students, parents, and retirees. The hallmark of the organization has always been providing children with positive adult role-models, who illustrate ways to build self-confidence, develop skills and find avenues of success in the American Economic System.


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students can achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As the flagship university of  Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit


Alanna Vitucci
University of Phoenix