West-MEC Public School District Prepares High School Students for Careers

West-MEC prepares students to be college- and career-ready graduates by providing core academic skills, employability skills and industry-specific skills. The public school district is dedicated to providing innovative Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for high school students in the West Valley.

In 1990, legislation allowed public schools to join together to enhance CTE. A decade later, voters approved the creation of Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC). Today, West-MEC serves more than 21,000 students from 46 high schools in 12 member school districts.

CTE programs in high-demand industries such as healthcare and engineering engage students in occupational experiences. In a Gates Foundation report, 81 percent of dropouts said relevant, real-world learning would have kept them in school. High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better, and graduate at higher rates.

West-MEC CTE programs are offered on high school campuses, West-MEC career campuses, and partnering community college campuses. Students attend their home high school for core subjects and then travel to West-MEC campuses to receive high school elective credits and opportunities to earn college credit, internships and industry certifications.

Visit west-mec.org to learn more about the public school district, or follow @West-MEC on Twitter and Instagram.

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