The University of Arizona

UA, Caterpillar Celebrates Success of Mining 360 Program

Last year, the University of Arizona and Caterpillar teamed up to create the 360 Mining Program - a custom educational experience that provides Caterpillar employees with the opportunity to learn, visit, and study active mine sites across the United States and Canada. Today, the program stands as a shining example of how the UA is helping high-impact businesses in Arizona educate and retain their best employees, elevating Arizona's workforce and economy in the process. 

On Wednesday, the first inagural class of the Mining 360 Program, made up of 12 professionals from several departments of Caterpillar, met on the UA campus to present their capstone projects and participate in an awards ceremony. Among those in attendance were UA President Robert C. Robbins, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Juan Ciscomani, senior adviser to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey for regional and international affairs.

As part of the program, participants were taught online by 10 faculty members from the UA Department of Mining and Geological Engineering. Through collaboration between UA faculty and Caterpillar, employees learned from a curriculum tailored to match industry needs, helping Caterpillar hit the ground running in the relocation of their Surface Mining and Technology Division from Illinois to Tucson. 

According to state and local officials, Caterpillar's enhanced southern Arizona presence could have a $600 million impact on the local and regional economy.

Next year, the UA and Caterpillar will continue the 360 Mining Program with a cohort of 15 students. To learn more about the UA's partnership with Caterpillar and the 360 Mining Program, visit UANews