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AZQUEST at Maricopa Community Colleges

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The Arizona Quest National Dislocated Worker Grant (AZQUEST) program is offered by Maricopa Community Colleges in collaboration with the City of Phoenix, and provides opportunities for eligible individuals to enhance their skills towards careers in high-paying, in-demand fields. This program focuses on education and training options, and addresses various obstacles that may hinder access to training and employment, such as childcare, transportation, and other support services. The goal of this project is to improve the long-term prospects of dislocated worker participants in the community by increasing access to high-quality jobs.


Maricopa Community Colleges will offer comprehensive, short-term programs that will provide participants of AZQUEST with industry-recognized credentials and certifications. Through this program, you will have the opportunity to acquire new skills, enhance existing ones, and secure job-training and employment prospects that support sustainable income for families.


The project will continue through September 2024, with funding being subject to availability.


This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by funds awarded to the City of Phoenix by the Department of Labor National Dislocated Worker Grant Program (DWG) Disaster Recovery. ARIZONA@WORK City of Phoenix is funded by the US Department of Labor, for information click here.

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This project provides support to remove potential barriers that a student could face in an effort to help them gain an industry-recognized credential and receive employment assistance including:

• Career navigation services
• Streamlined admission and enrollment
• Up to $5,000 for tuition, books, and fees
• Funding for training-related expenses
• Monthly stipends for up to 3 months while you are enrolled in training*

• Employment assistance


*Additional eligibility requirements for monthly stipends will be discussed by ARIZONA@WORK City of Phoenix WIOA Staff.

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To qualify for AZQUEST, you must meet BOTH of the following:

1. You must be a Maricopa County resident eligible for in-state tuition (see here for how residency is determined) who has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic under one of the following circumstances since March 2020:

• Household income is reduced due to lost wages or reduced work hours
• Currently unemployed
• Qualified for unemployment or pandemic insurance benefits
• Laid off (through no fault of your own) from a job
• Stopped working to care for a sick household member
• Loss of child or spousal support
• Stopped working to care for children home from school or daycare
• Long-term unemployed individual

2. You must meet Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) eligibility:

          • You must be 18 years or older (dislocated, furloughed, or workers who were terminated through no fault of their own may be under 18 years of age)
          • You must be eligible to work in the United States
          • You must meet income eligibility requirements or must be unemployed, dislocated, or furloughed from work
          • Males born after January 1, 1960 must have met selective service requirements

For additional information on eligibility, visit the WIOA website.

Which programs are eligible?


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These short-term training options leading to industry-recognized credentials are eligible for AZQUEST.


Computer and Information Technology


Through the Computer and Information Technology Field of Interest, you will learn about computing hardware and software, web-based platforms, networks, telecommunications systems, and other innovative technology.


• Certified AWS Cloud Practitioner SysOps Administrator

• Back End Software Developer

• Front End Software Developer

• CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+
• CompTIA Security+


Health Sciences

  • If you want to help people live better, safer, healthier lives, consider the Health Sciences Field of Interest, designed to give you comprehensive training for health-related work in the hospital, healthcare, or exercise and fitness settings.

• Certified Risk Adjustment Coder
• Medical Office Manager

• Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR (Electronic Health Records)

• Medical Transcription Editor

Ready to get started? Submit the form below and we will contact you!

Have questions? Email us at jobtraining@maricopacorporate.com or call 480-864-4423.


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The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career and technical education programs of the District.


The Maricopa County Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: 480-731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system, visit http://www.maricopa.edu/non-discrimination.