Communiversity in Queen Creek, AZ trying to change higher education

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The Town of Queen Creek was once considered the far reaching outskirts of Phoenix, but this small town oasis – now a thriving east valley community – embraces its farming heritage while carefully watching over its growth and development. Business and town leaders seek to preserve the Town’s family-friendly, small-town spirit while providing economic opportunities and a high quality of life for residents.

In an effort to provide higher educational options and strengthen the economy, the Town of Queen Creek has partnered with the Maricopa Community Colleges, Rio Salado College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Northern Arizona University, Ottawa University and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences together to create the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

This unique facility is located in Queen Creek’s Town Center and brings together these five higher education institutions under one roof to provide nearby residents with program pathways close to home. These pathways were identified through academic and occupational needs assessments of the Queen Creek area by ESI Corporation and Hanover Research Council. These assessments identified business-management, early childhood, education, engineering, nursing and healthcare, and information technology among the fastest growing industries in the region.

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