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Arizona Colleges


Arizona is a southwestern state of deserts and sage where the sun shines 300 days per year.  By March the days are in the 80s and, like many desert areas will cool to the forties at night.  By April a 90 degree day is not unusual and while you will see an occasional spring day of thundershowers the state is very dry.  As of this writing in March of 2006, it has not rained in Phoenix in 120 days, so winter has forgotten them.  It is a hot, dry climate with mild winters and long, long summers.


It is also an active and interesting place.  Phoenix is a metropolitan area of two million people.  One of the wonderful national annual rituals takes place there: spring training for major league baseball.  In March the city fills with “snow birds” from the northern climes

to watch thirty days of preseason games, played under the sun in ballparks that seat perhaps six or seven thousand people. 


It’s a wonderful, casual atmosphere with the players lingering after games to talk to fans.  The air is filled with that wonderful sense of hope that, no matter who your home team is, this might be the year.  The baseball parks are scattered through  the Phoenix area in towns like Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Peoria (that’s right, Peoria Az.) and other little cities that have built stadiums so that they too could have a major league franchise for one month every year.


Tucson is the other major city in Arizona, hosting the University of Arizona while Phoenix has Arizona State.  There are smaller schools in the mountain cities of Flagstaff and up in the red rock country of Sedona, where some of the most spectacular desert scenery in the American Southwest is to be found.


Arizona has been one of the fastest growing states in the country for quite a while.  Its population has grown by forty percent in the last decade – in the process, creating 450,000 jobs in what not long ago was a sleepy desert state.  The state is projected to add another three million in the next fifteen years if steps are not taken to abate the growth rate.  Water availability is an increasing problem; Phoenix has historically imported much of its water from the Colorado River and its allocation of that resource, shared with California and Nevada, is at 100% of consumption.


While many Arizonans see the growth as a mixed blessing, there can be little argument about the economic prospects the growth offers to people looking for career opportunities.  Arizona would be a great state to go to school with an eye to the businesses putting down roots around you.  Certainly real estate has been a great career in the state over the last generation, but other industries that need employees in high growth areas include education, engineering, and – like all states growing new businesses – information technology.


If you’re an Arizonan with aspirations for a new career or a college student seeking a place and an economy to grow in, Arizona is worth a look.  If the major schools aren’t an option, take a look at the online opportunities or the continuing education provided by the University of Phoenix, which has both campuses throughout the state and a tremendous online program

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