College Depot

College Depot is a free, full-service college access center located at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, Arizona. As a program of the Phoenix Public Library, their team of college planning advisors and assistants offer one-on-one appointments and workshops regarding admissions, financial aid, and scholarships.

College Depot also works to connect adults and youth who have not completed high school to educational opportunities and resources that lead to a high school diploma or the equivalent (GED preparation). Offer a list of ESL class locations in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Greater Valley of Phoenix in general.

Services They Provide:


Educational Resources

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • College Preparation

Employment Assistance

  • Job Training Services



Educational Services

  • Financial Aid/FAFSA Assistance

  • Educational Workshops

  • reEngage Phoenix Advising Sessions

  • One-on-One Appointments to develop individualized college plan

  • Online High School for Adults

  • Craft a Profession

    • Offers personalized advice and guidance to those interested in pursuing learning, education and employment possibilities through an apprenticeship. Our services include one on one, customized support walking you through all the details of what an apprenticeship program is, whether an apprenticeship is the right fit for you, what options are currently available and how to enroll

One-on-One Appointments

Students can meet one-on-one with College Depot staff for:

  • assistance with college planning

  • help with the college application process

  • creating individualized college plans

  • interest assessments for career and major exploration

  • reviewing personal statements

  • help with financial aid forms

  • help with searching for and applying for scholarships

  • ACT and SAT test results interpretation

  • Connections to GED and high school diploma programs

  • Connections to apprenticeship programs

Our one-on-one appointments are the most popular services at College Depot and often book up a few weeks in advance. Call 602-261-8847 to schedule an appointment today! Hablamos Español. 

Craft a Profession

Apprenticeships are often overlooked as a rewarding, worthwhile career and life pursuit. Apprenticeship programs are growing beyond the traditional manufacturing and construction industries and can now be pursued in health care, energy, and information technology and transportation industries.  Lasting anywhere from one to six years (depends on the industry), those enrolled in an apprenticeship program immediately earn wages. "The average wage for a fully proficient worker who completed an apprenticeship translates to approximately $50,000 annually. Apprentices who complete their program earn approximately $300,000 more over their career than non-apprenticeship participants." (Mathematica Apprenticeship Earnings Study 2012) Once the apprenticeship is complete, the "apprentice" has both an education, and actual practical on-the-job skills and experience. Nationally certified apprenticeship programs allow those completing them more career advancement opportunities and location choice.

Advantages of Registered Apprenticeship

  • The apprentice from day one will earn a paycheck guaranteed to increase over time as you learn new skills.

  • The apprentice will receive hands-on career training in programs such as health care, construction, information technology, and geospatial careers.

  • The apprentice will have the potential to earn college credit, associate or bachelor's degree, in many cases paid for by your employer.

  • Once you complete your apprenticeship, you will be on your way to a successful long-term career with a competitive salary, and little or no educational debt.

  • When you graduate from a career training program, you'll be certified and can take your certification anywhere in the U.S.

  • Many of the nation's most recognizable companies have Registered Apprenticeship programs.