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Arizona Private School Association Discusses Benefits of Education with Lawmakers

Posted: February 17, 2016 by Elizabeth Baker

PHOENIX (Feb. 17, 2016) – Members of the Arizona Private School Association (APSA) recently presented the benefits of private career colleges to members of the Arizona House of Representatives’ Committee on Commerce and the Arizona State Senate’s Committee on Education.

Those representing APSA at both meetings included Executive Director, Fred Lockhart; President, Kristen Torres; and President Elect, Stephen Malutich. They presented to the Committee on Commerce on Jan. 27 and the Committee on Education Feb. 11. Torres is Regional Director of Operations at Pima Medical Institute and Malutich is Campus President for The Refrigeration School in Phoenix— the largest heating, ventilation and air conditioning school in the United States.
Fred Lockhart, Kristen Torres and Stephen Malutich pose for a photo outside the Arizona Capitol MuseumFrom left to right: Kristen Torres, Regional Director of Operations at Pima Medical Institute; Fred Lockart, Executive Director of the Arizona Private School Association; and Stephen Malutich, Campus President of The Refridgeration School.

“We train Arizona’s healthcare professionals, mechanics, IT specialists, refrigeration technicians, chefs, law enforcement, emergency responders, and so many more,” Torres told members of the Committee on Commerce. “Private sector colleges and universities are proud to be tax-paying schools that not only employ over 20,000 full-time employees just here in Arizona, but each year we educate over 500,000 students, which accounts for 52 percent—over half—of the state’s total enrollment in postsecondary programs.”

During the Feb. 11 Committee on Education meeting, Arizona Senator Steve Smith commended the state’s private schools.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to be asked three times to give the commencement speech at Pima Medical Institute, and seeing all the graduates there, you’re right, it’s phenomenal. When these kids and adults go to school to learn trades, 80 percent are hired immediately. It’s incredible. Very inspiring,” Smith said.

Lockhart explained to the Committee on Education that Arizona is home to more than 260 private post-secondary schools.

“That’s 590,000 students last year. Given the fact that almost 42 percent of our adults are available for work but are currently not employed, having these options for a career and lifelong learning are essential,” Lockhart said.

APSA is a self-regulating association of private universities, colleges, technical schools and career schools that provide a vast array of educational opportunities to Arizonans. APSA promotes these schools in a number of ways and represents their interests on numerous councils, committees and boards. It also provides scholarships annually. For more information about APSA, visit its website at http://arizonapsa.org/.
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