As part of their adult education programming, Coconino Community College (CCC) offers a Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician program. Now in its fifth year, the program is so successful that CCC has plans to expand the offering to other northern Arizona communities.
Much needed as small towns experience growth, the five-week training has graduated nearly 100 technicians so far. Over five weeks, students meet five times a week, eight hours a day, to earn a CAMT, which is good in all 50 states. Learning includes everything from water and piping systems to refrigerants, and there’s even training in pool maintenance and customer service. Even better for graduates? The certification is applicable to all industrial buildings, not just apartment complexes.
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To make the program even more accessible, tuition for the majority of the students is covered by grant funding through the Coconino County Career Center and Vocational Rehabilitation. Goodwill Industries, a longtime partner in the program, offers work-readiness assistance.
The postsecondary opportunity is a boon in Arizona, where just 43 percent of residents have completed a degree or certificate beyond high school. The Arizona Education Progress Meter aims to improve that to 60 by 2030.
Having the certification is a big plus when applying for jobs – about 85 percent of the graduates left the program with jobs already lined up. Employers are eager to hire people who are industry trained. The certification, which is only offered in Arizona by CCC, is growing due to demand. Courses are being created for students in Page and Tusayan. But each program will be tailored to the community’s needs – the Page program, which already has a full cohort of 15 students, will include certification in hotel and houseboat maintenance, and Tusayan will be geared more toward historic preservation and aligning older technologies with newer technologies.