Training / Education
The ARIZONA@WORK - Maricopa County Human Services Department team is available to provide specialized, comprehensive services specifically for you and your family. Their One-Stop Centers in the East and West Valley ensure that area veterans and their families have the tools and resources they need and deserve to succeed. Personalized 1-on-1 vocational assistance is available along with job readiness training, skill and aptitude assessments, financial assistance for local training/education programs, and assistance translating military education and training to civilian credits.
GateWay Community College (GWCC), formerly known as the Maricopa Skill Center, is a hands-on training center designed to prepare students with the skills they need to start a career. Their goal is employment for students through hands-on, competency-based training developed by employers. Upon completion of training, students possess all the workplace skills desired by employers.
Veteran students at GWCC may use their GI Bill benefits and school staff are available to assist students in applying for their educational benefits. GWCC is recognized as an Arizona Veteran Supportive Campus by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services and was also recognized in 2017 as a Military Friendly School for providing the best opportunities and support for military service members and spouses.
Maricopa County Libraries
The Maricopa County Library District offers a wide range of physical and digital materials to assist with training, learning new or improving current skills, as well as computer access for job assistance, research and databases. Library cards are free for Maricopa County residents and provide access to materials and services.
Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC) have a long history of providing education and training to veterans and those on active duty who are seeking to gain new skills, enhance existing skills, and translate skills learned in the military for use in the civilian world. MCC offers services designed to provide the highest quality assistance to our veterans and their families.
MCC Veteran Services Offices can help you apply for education benefits and enroll in one of their 10 colleges. In addition, the college staff will assist you with:
- Academic Advising
- Career Services
- Disability Resources and Services
- Financial Aid
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Tutoring Services
The universities within Arizona also support our veterans. They provide quality resources to help you find assistance and receive the support necessary to ensure your educational success. Please visit their resources for additional information.
Arizona State University, Tempe: The Veteran's Upward Bound Project is a federally funded educational program that serves veterans who are either low-income or potential first-generation college students. The Pat Tillman Veterans Center provides a place for Sun Devil veterans to gather, find assistance, and receive the support necessary to ensure their success within the ASU community. The Military Active Duty and Reservist Commitment Scholarship allows active and reservist military seeking an undergraduate degree to eliminate any out-of-pocket tuition expenses except for class/mandatory fees not covered by their TA/MRS.
University of Arizona, Tucson: UA’s Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) provides the tools and assistance necessary for students to achieve academic success while fostering camaraderie and engagement. VETS is an organization run by veterans, spouses, dependents, and current service members who through their shared experiences endeavor to maintain a dynamic and effective program which is responsive to the needs of our community. Visit one of the two VETS Centers on campus or take a virtual tour.
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff: Visit the expanded Veteran Success Center on the Flagstaff campus to connect with a support network of other student veterans, find services and activities and relax and unwind between classes.
The official GI Bill site provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers assistance choosing a school, applying for benefits, or accessing other tools to better equip veterans with understanding their benefits needs.