Business & Education Partnership

Business and Education Partnerships assist schools, youth organizations and community groups in making critical connections with the business community in Pima County through career shadowing, career expos, and internships.

Director: Andrew Bevington,

2021-2022 Events and Programming

Middle Grades Pathways Career Shadows
Lauffer/Apollo 1/20 and 1/21
Sierra/Challenger 5/5 and 5/6

For more than 20 years, The Pima County School Superintendent’s Office has run the Pathways Career Shadowing Program for middle school students. The program supports middle grades students with opportunities to explore their interests and aptitudes in relation to existing career fields, tour Tucson area businesses, and connect with CTE, and academically tracked career pathways in high school. The two-hour business site tours are a student favorite that provides an interactive experience with the Tucson business community.

Virtual HS Career Connect Events in partnership with CFA, PCC, and Goodwill Industries
Healthcare 10/20
IT/Cybersecurity 12/1
Engineering/Advanced Manufacturing 02/16

The Career Connect experience provides rising 9th - 12th grade students across Pima County with a 4-hour virtual learning opportunity. This year, the experience is designed to inform high school students about career paths in the healthcare, IT/Cybersecurity, and Engineering/Advanced Manufacturing industries.

Virtual Educator Externships in partnership with CFA, ABEC, and ElevteEDAZ
March 14th -18th and March 21st-25th

The Virtual Externship is a structured two-week program for educators across Arizona, including middle school, high school, and community college teachers and counselors. During the externship, educators will rotate through various industry experiences provided by multiple businesses. This experience is designed to provide educators with industry awareness and acumen that will maximize their ability to help students develop career awareness and enhance career pathway exploration. The virtual externship model maximizes connections between industry and educators to improve student outcomes and meet workforce needs.

Tucson Youth Leadership Academy in partnership with TGL and The Pima County Workforce Investment Board
December 2021 through May 2022

This 30-hour program introduces students to executives who work in the industries that drive the Tucson Rural Metro economy. Our students complete 20 hours of leadership training with Tucson Greater Leadership and are paired with industry leaders for a ten-hour career shadow experience that allows our students to network and build social capital with local employers.


Resources and Partnerships


Andrew Bevington
Director, Business & Education Partnerships