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UA, Caterpillar Partnership Expands Innovation in Tucson

Caterpillar is driving technology and innovation forward in Tucson, thanks in large part to its partnership with the University of Arizona.

Last year, Caterpillar relocated their Surface Mining and Technology Division from Illinois to Tucson. In order to hit the ground running, the UA and Caterpillar teamed up to create the 360 Mining Program - a custom educational experience that provides Caterpillar employees with a curriculum tailored to match industry needs. 

Today, Caterpillar is thriving in Tucson, housing about 350 employees at three separate locations downtown. In the near future, Caterpillar plans to expand its workforce to about 600 employees downtown, with salaries in the $90,000-plus range, according to David Wichner of the Arizona Daily Star. Caterpillar's enhanced southern Arizona presence could have a $600 million impact on the local and regional economy, according to state and local officials. 

In August, 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 celebrate their success. 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. 

Read the full article here, courtesy of David Wichner and the Arizona Daily Star!