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.
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