Gilbert Together Professional Skills

Would you like to be a top candidate for employer recruitment?

You will participate in nine professional skills modules with activities and assessments that will enhance your skills and prepare you for employer interviews and jobs.

Enrollment in this course is a two step process:

  1. You must be enrolled as a non-credit student at MCC. (You must select MCC as the school or you will have to reapply)
  2. You must fill out the Professional Skills application form to be enrolled.

Please select the link below for more information and to begin the process:

Step to Enrollment - Select Here

Course Descriptions

Course Dates
February 2nd - February 28th
March 1st - March 31st
April 3rd - April 28th
May 1st - May 31st
June 1st - June 30th

This Professional Skills course is a single, online, self-paced, four week course consisting of nine modules that prepare students for the Arizona Career Rediness Credential (ACRC) Professional Skills exam.

The Governor's Office, the Economic Opportunity, the Workforce Arizona Conucil, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act now bring you the Arizona Career Readiness Credential (ACRC) at no charge.

What is the ACRC?

The right skills can lead to a better job:

An ACRC can provide you with a better opportunity to advance in your career. Employers in the ACRC network are looking for job candidates who have demonstrated they have these skills by having earned an ACRC. Job seekers can earn a credential by successfully completing the Career Readiness and Professional Skills Assessments. The Career Readiness assessments are ideal for measuring foundational skills that focus on the core communication, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required for today's opportunities - from entry level to professional.

The ACRC program provides learners with an intial skills review to estimate current skill levels in Work Ready Math, Work Ready Reading, and Work Ready Data. A fully aligned curriulum helps job seekers improve their understanding of underveloped skills.

This single online self-paced Professional Skills course consists of nine modules:

Communicating Effectively

Communication is not always good. You must make sure it is positive. Always have in mind who your audience is, your tone, body language, active listening and whether or not you truly communicated what you intended.

Conveying Professionalism

How you carry and convey yourself to others leads to a positive or negative perception of you. This is multifaceted, it's how you treat people, the respect that you show for yourself and the company. Always aim to represent yourself and your employer to the best of your ability.

Promoting Teamwork and Collaboration

Nothing great is achieved in isolation. True success in industry requires that we trust and support one another through obstacles and challenges. A collaborative and team first attitude is critical.

Thinking Critically and Solving Problems

There is more than one solution to most problems. This module focuses on the process to arrive at the best possible one while taking diverse opinions and perspectives into arriving at that solution.

Discovering Your Interpersonal Skills

Knowing who you are is supremely important. This module will guide you through activities in introspection, self awareness, character,emotional intelligence and the impact that this all has on you as a person and employee.

Digital Citizenship

This module will go over topics such as social media presence and etiquette, cyberbullying prevention, online safety. The constantly expanding digital world requires us to stay informed on how to navigate effectively. Are you aware of your "digital footprint?" Do you know what "netiquette" refers to?


We are all leaders in some way shape or form. Leadership can be defined in many ways and can come out in unexpected circumstances or context. Here, we learn about the distinct styles of leadership and skills required to develop it such as active listening, goal setting, conflict resolution, and diplomacy.

Resolving Conflicts

Conflict is bound to happen in the workplace as in life. Thinking positively about conflict and looking for ways to solve or minimize it through positive measures is imperative. Be open and empathetic when trying to resolve conflict. The goal is always to understand the root of the problem and attempting to address it in a positive manner.

Using Smart Time Management Strategies

How we manage our time is a prominent determining factor on how successful we are and how much we are able to produce. Understanding various time management strategies is important as we strive to build our own unique system that will maximize our time, effort, outcomes, and potential.


This accelerated training is covered under the Gilbert Together Funding. Students and Gilbert Together business employees receive $250 value of free training until funding runs out.

Course Location

A self-paced online class located on Mesa Community College's Canvas. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on


Students may contact for additional questions:

Student Service Specialist, Tyler Rowles -

MITI Director, Diane Meza -

Industry Outlook

Arizona employers are seeking qualified candidates in healthcare, manufacturing and construction that demonstrate the right skills for the job.

A major initiative set forth by the governor in partnership with ARIZONA@WORK and the Office of Economic Oppurtunity (OEO) makes the Arizona Career Readiness Credential available to job seekers across the state. This tool prepares job seekers for success by demonstrating their command of seven skill areas that are relevant to every occupation, industry and career pathway.

Our objective is to align Arizona's efforts to better match its workforce with its employer's needs. We are focusing attention on the workers or those not in the labor force who seek long-term career occupations with higher wage potential.

Existing research was coupled with input from hundreds of employers who participated in industry summits and strategy labs to identify three foundational academic skills and four personal and interpersonal skills that form the framework of the ACRC. Arizona's employers have made it known that they have difficulty finding job candidates with the foundational academic and professional skills needed to be successful, and this initiative was designed in direct response to their concerns.