The Arizona MEP held a four-hour mini Expo and Workshop event, Leveraging Arizona Resources to Find Manufacturing Employees workshop on March 9. Over 40 attendees from more than 35 companies came to learn about the resources and programs available to help them find and retain great employees.

Several supporting organizations were on hand at the Expo to guide attendees through these resources:


- Apprenticeships

- Veteran Employment

- Felon Friendly options

- Community College Certificate Programs

- University Engineering Schools/Programs

- Young Adult Opportunities (Ages 18-24)


The two-panel discussions allowed attendees to engage with program and resource leaders about the best way to leverage these resources.


Finding Employees Panel
Panel participants included Shannon Smith, Arizona@Work, Veteran, 2nd Chance; James Smith, Gateway Community College; Leah Palmer, Maricopa Community Colleges; Ayla Linder, Arizona Coalition for Veterans and Tara Nepal, International Rescue Committee.


Keeping Employees Panel
Panel participants included Rob Stenson, City of Phoenix; Wendy McClellan, Structure for Success; Rick Hansen, Arizona Precision Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program; Joe Carella, UArizona Eller Executive Education and Dee Pinkston, Chicanos Por La Causa.


If you missed the event, connect with the Arizona MEP at 602-845-1256 or at [email protected] to learn more about the programs and resources available.