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Arizona Legislature Invests in Dual Enrollment for all Students

The Greater Phoenix Chamber and ElevateEdAZ, a program within the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation, partnered with the Helios Foundation, Arizona community colleges, and other key business leaders to expand the dual enrollment program in the state. Through the hard work of this robust coalition, the Arizona Legislature and Governor’s office included $15.5 million in the year’s state budget to expand the current program, which will focus on schools in low-income and rural areas jump-start dual enrollment in their schools. Most of the funds, $15 million, will cover dual enrollment costs for students up to $50 per credit hour if the student receives a passing grade. It will also give an incentive to the schools that have students enrolled and pass dual enrollment courses. Other portions of the fund will create a one-time stipend for teachers who receive their certificate to teach dual enrolment courses, which is offered via the Arizona Teacher’s Academy at no cost to the teacher. The hope is that this Legislation will have a more significant impact on students who complete their education and can enter the workforce with vital skills. We would not have been able to make this happen without the leadership of Senator Steve Kaiser (LD 2) and the Hobbs administration.