Vision and Goals

Making a college education available to a wider variety of students, from a broader geographic area and background, is our highest aspiration.

In addition to providing specific education and training to meet the employment demands of the future, the anticipated Campus, Research Park and other ancillary facilities will create demand for more highly skilled workers who will work in Payson. Rim Country young adults will have the opportunity to find more high-wage jobs and careers without leaving the area for Phoenix or elsewhere. In fact, a University Campus in Payson will become an economic engine for Payson and Gila County. Rather than being just a drive-thru town and retirement market, Payson will soon experience new growth associated with campus construction as well as renewed interest in real estate and an increase in new businesses…all of which contribute to a stronger economy.

See What We See

Instead of simply waiting for completion of the Campus, Aspire Arizona Foundation is NOW providing Payson students with a head start on their college education. AAF has sponsored a new Dual Credit program (college credits earned while in high school) which was successfully launched for the 2016-17 school year. Many thanks to the Payson Unified School District and Gila Community College for their commitment, insight and implementation of the program at the Payson High School. Measurable results are currently being tracked and the students’ progress will be updated each semester. We are very proud of all of our Aspire Students!