Play the video above to see these stories on AZ Illustrated Metro for Monday, April 29:
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION is a remnant of the past, replaced by career technical education programs that provide 21st century jobs and give students multi-faceted paths to careers and college. Reporter Michael Chihak interviews career tech education advocate Paul Luna of the Helios Education Foundation.
PIMA COUNTY'S JTED is training thousands of students in career-enhancing skills, from cosmetology to aircraft mechanics. But JTED, the Joint Technical Education District, is struggling with reduced state funding and lower enrollments. Andrea Kelly interviews JTED CFO Tina Norton.
HIGH-TECH JOBS are on the grow in Southern Arizona, and overall job growth is continuing in the wake of the recession, but slowly. That's the finding in the annual Arizona Daily Star's Star 200, a list of the top employers in the region. Andrea Kelly speaks with the Star's David Wichner.
MARANA WATER RESOURCES are more now that the town has taken over operation of its own waste-water treatment plant. That comes at the end of a lengthy dispute with Pima County over which entity should control the operation and the valuable treated water. Andrea Kelly reports.