The Pima County OneStop Career Center has new training opportunities available for those interested in starting a high-tech career.

The purpose of this type of training is to get more people into higher-paying jobs, said Jim Mize, manager of the employer outreach program for Pima County OneStop.

Qualified applicants are able to apply for training in these fields, among others:

• "Green" auto mechanics.

• Aviation technology.

• Computing technology.

• Logistics and supply chain management.

• Energy utility industry career training.

• Students can also train for jobs as a medical inspector or a computer numerical control machinist.

Pima County OneStop received funds from the U.S. Department of Labor under the Workforce Investment Act to help pay for student training costs, said Sue Denogean, coordinator of the local program.

Priority of service and financial help is given to veterans and their eligible spouses, dislocated workers and low-income families. However, anyone can apply for financial aid.

Training for high-tech jobs is available through several places, such as Pima Community College and New Horizons Computer Learning Centers. OneStop staff members will help students apply for the program in which they want to begin training.

For training through Pima Community College, students sign up for the semester they want to attend. Other training courses depend on when the student signs up for classes. For example, computer training does not depend on a semester basis, so students could potentially begin within the month, or the month following, Denogean said.

If lack of education is a problem, people can sign up for science, technology, engineering and math courses, known as STEM classes, through Pima Community College. The STEM program accounts for 12 college credits, Denogean said.

"It helps them prepare prior to starting target-sector training," Denogean said.

Prospective students can contact the OneStop office to set up an interview to see if they are eligible for financial aid.

Sergio De La Rosa is a trainee in the machinist program at Pima Community College, and said that his experience at OneStop could not have been better.

De La Rosa has been assigned a case manager to help with every step of the way toward finding a new job and continuing his education.

"As far as more schooling, the resources are there for those who are willing to work hard," De La Rosa said.

Curtis Stokelin, workforce development specialist, said One- Stop provides resources including materials for job training, job searching and skill building.

When people come in, One- Stop assesses their skill levels, then matches them with employers or schools that meet their interests.

OneStop has seen a lot of people come through its doors in search of jobs because of job displacement, outsourcing and plant closures, Stokelin said.

If people come in with an understanding of their career goals and a good attitude, he said, it is easier for him to help them achieve their goals.

How to apply

Call Sue Denogean at 243-6759 or email her at

Ashley Grove is a NASA Space Grant intern at the University of Arizona. Contact her at or 573-4674.