Earning While Learning The Arizona Apprenticeship Program in the Financial Sector

Imagine graduating from college with no debt, and a job waiting for you.

Four of the six students in the first class of The Hartford apprentices at Rio Salado College in Tempe, AZ.

SIX STUDENTS AT RIO SALADO COLLEGE ARE ON THEIR WAY, THANKS TO THE ARIZONA APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM THAT WILL PUT THEM IN JOBS WITH THE HARTFORD INSURANCE GROUP, THE FIRST INSURER IN THE COUNTRY TO BE REGISTERED IN THE ARIZONA APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM.

The students will earn as they learn in the program that pays them for on-the-job training, provides tuition assistance and guarantees them a job upon graduation. Once they become full-time employees of The Hartford, they'll be eligible for additional tuition reimbursement to complete a bachelor's degree.

"It's a great opportunity to change career fields," said student lane Gibbons. "It's relevant to my interest, both professionally and personally. it's a great opportunity to get in with a great company."

The DES Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) registers apprenticeships in Arizona. The Hartford is also involved in the program in its home state of Connecticut.

This is monumental in Arizona. Students can get into this, get a career, and not have that student loan debt because they get paid as they go.

-William Higgins, State Apprenticeship Program Coordinator

Because The Hartford is a registered apprenticeship in Arizona, students may qualify for additional resources to cover the cost of their education through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Susan Johnson, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, The Hartford
The apprenticeship program is absolutely a win-win for the students, and for The Hartford. For The Hartford, it enables us to better serve our customers by attracting and retaining talent. For the students, the wins are access to training and job skills; tuition reimbursement; and graduating with a job.

--Susan Johnson, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, The Hartford

Sean Price, DES Deputy Director of Programs
I think it’s a win-win-win—I added a third ‘win’--for the State of Arizona. It drives our economy when our citizens are employed, and it also drives our economy when our citizens have post-secondary education.

--Sean Price, Deputy Director of Programs, Arizona Department of Economic Security

The Hartford has big plans for the future. The company wants 200 apprentices by the year 2020.

The Arizona Apprenticeship Program has big plans, too. It's talking to other insurers in hopes of registering more apprenticeships, and bringing the program to the high school level.

In the Apprenticeship Office we're creating career pathways for high schools, to use dual enrollment. They can access occupations such as this.

--William Higgins, State Apprenticeship Program Coordinator

Learn more about the Arizona Apprenticeship Program at AZApprenticeship.com.

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