We hope this message finds you well and focused on staying home, safe and healthy.

As you are all now aware, on March 30th Governor Ducey and Kathy Hoffman, Arizona Superintendent of Schools, announced that all Arizona schools will be closed through the rest of the school year. This brought the Yuma-ABEC Project, and education as we know it, to a complete standstill. Schools are quickly responding, however, and there are now many on-line education services in place. It’s a new paradigm for us all.

We believe strongly that the Yuma-ABEC Career Exploration Project already in place in middle schools across Yuma County will easily resume once schools open again. That said, however, our work continues during this “downtime”. We are aggressively developing plans and additional materials to ensure that teachers will have access to the support, curriculum, expertise and tools they need to effectively and immediately implement career exploration for their middle school students when schools re-open! Working with STEDY, and construction partners McCarthy and Pilkington Construction Companies, a curriculum for the construction trades has already been developed and is currently being refined to include: Possible Futures career exploration curriculum where applicable, activities aligned with the new Arizona Department of Education Middle School Career & Technical Education standards, and integrating step by step guidance for teachers on utilizing AzCIS (a career exploration web-based platform) that will assist students in creating an Education Career Action Plan (ECAP).

The future for the Yuma-ABEC Project continues to be bright and exciting. Please continue to monitor the website for ways you can help to ensure the sustainability of the Yuma-ABEC Middle School Career Exploration Project. But for now...


Debra Raeder
Vice President
Project Development
Arizona Business & Education Coalition

Tom Tyree
Yuma County Superintendent of Schools


Through the Yuma-ABEC Middle School Career Exploration Project, all students will

  • Explore understanding personal interest and passions and how they translate into future career goals and aspirations
  • Research and evaluate career options
  • Set goals and make plans for achieving career options through the development of Education Career Action Plans that will follow them into high school

Students will be provided with opportunities to experience hands-on activities, presentations, and mentoring from experts in key occupations that lead to discovery and nurturing of career aspirations and connection of education to the real world of work.

Participating Schools

Middle School
Middle School
Castle Dome
Middle School
Fourth Avenue
Jr. High School
Gila Vista
Jr. High School

ABEC Yuma County Locations

Centennial Middle School

2650 W 20th St, Yuma, AZ 85364

(928) 373-3300

Crane Middle School

4450 W 32nd St, Yuma, AZ 85364

(928) 373-3200

Castle Dome Middle School

2353 Otondo Dr, Yuma, AZ 85365

(928) 502-7300

Fourth Avenue Jr. High School

450 S 4th Ave, Yuma, AZ 85364

(928) 502-7000

Gila Vista Jr. High School

2245 S Arizona Ave, Yuma, AZ 85365

(928) 502-7100