LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear West-MEC community members,
Year after year, West-MEC continues to focus on Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that empower high school and adult students to explore their future. Our unique district provides over 80,000 students with the opportunity to choose from hundreds of career-related courses.
Today, more than ever, it is vital that students understand the application of academics to real-world careers. The United States is, and will be, in need of a highly trained and skilled workforce for the 21st Century. We are grateful for the opportunity to develop new and thriving educational centers where students are empowered to participate fully in the economy.
Preparing students today for tomorrow’s careers is best achieved through engagement and collaborative partnerships, extending to all reaches of the community. Our teachers and staff work side-by-side with industry experts to form advisory councils that give valuable insights for classroom and workplace application. Serving our communities remains a top priority.
This report provides an update for our community on a number of student, staff, and district accomplishments showing the strong link between our schools and surrounding communities. On behalf of the administration and school board, we invite you to explore our 2017-2018 Annual Report. We look forward to continuing to build strong connections in support of student success in the coming year, and celebrating West-MEC’s strong schools and strong students.
WHO WE ARE
West-MEC provides support for Career and Technical Education at 46 high schools across 3,685 square miles in the northern and western cities of the Phoenix Metropolitan area.
2017-18 WEST-MEC CENTRAL PROGRAMS
Air Conditioning Technician
Automotive Collision Technology
Aviation Maintenance Technology
Avionics / Electronics
Electrical Trade Specialties
Emergency Medical Technician
Energy & Industrial Technology
General Construction Technology
Law, Public Safety & Security
Medium/Heavy Diesel Technology
Physical Therapy Technician
Plumbing Trade Specialties
“I enjoyed the real world experience I got from the program and the preparation it gave me for the real world. It also allowed me to experience different ideas, cultures, and styles of learning I otherwise wouldn’t have gotten.”
— West-MEC Avionics/Electronics Student
2018-19 STUDENT COMPLETERS
Prepared for the workforce and beyond
CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS (CTSO) DATA
West-MEC is proud to support all CTSOs throughout our member districts. Students active in CTSOs assume positive, productive roles in their community and are better prepared for their future.
West-MEC supported 7,967 student memberships to Career and Technical Student Organizations 539 students placed at the State level competitions.
“My teachers are the best. They have taught us so much more than just building trades. Their industry and overall life experience is what makes class so great.”
— West-MEC Air Conditioning Technology Student
Total number of students enrolled in West-MEC funded programs
Total number of West-MEC Central Program Students
We are grateful for the support of the following donors who have contributed to student scholarships:
BHHS Legacy Foundation
Kiwanis of Litchfield
Estrella Foothills Car Club
Stone Cold Masonry
Urban Energy Solutions
“I like that we get to be involved with animals with real life problems and get them adopted out. This will really help me get a head start in my career after high school while I am getting my vet tech degree.”
— West-MEC Veterinary Sciences Student
TOTAL QUALITY INDICATORS
West-MEC utilizes Total Quality Indicators (TQI) as a tool to provide continuous program improvement. The TQI instrument includes six standards designed to validate a comprehensive CTE program.
The standards are embedded in a rubric aligned with the CTE Delivery Model, Arizona Department of Education program requirements, and relevant legislation.
Upon a self or third party review, any CTE program may use this instrument to determine how the program has made progress in its development.
Over the past 5 years, teacher perceptions of their programs, on average, have increased, over time in all 6 domains: Program Delivery, Facilities, Curriculum and Instruction, Stakeholder Involvement, PR, and CTSO.
The largest growth areas were Stakeholder Involvement and CTSO participation. We contribute the growth in these areas to advisory council trainings that have been provided by the West-MEC Professional Development department and the installation of the West-MEC CTSO Chapter Award.
To help meet the growing needs of our community, West-MEC is excited to provide educational opportunities to adults looking to further their skills and education. Our 2017-2018 Adult Education Program offerings included:
– Aviation Maintenance Technology – Airframe
– Aviation Maintenance Technology – Powerplant
– Aviation Maintenance Technology – Airframe and Powerplant
– Precision Manufacturing – Manual
– Precision Manufacturing – CNC
– Precision Manufacturing
– Welding Technology – Plate
– Welding Technology – Pipe
– Welding Technology
– IT Security
– Pharmacy Technician
– Welding Technology
INSTRUCTION SUPPORT CENTER
CORE-MARK ARIZONA DISTRIBUTION CENTER
– Project Search – Distribution Logistics
INSTRUCTION SUPPORT CENTER
RENAISSANCE GLENDALE HOTEL & SPA
– Project Search – Hospitality
West-MEC Adult Education celebrated the fourth completing cohort of the Aviation Maintenance Technology – Airframe and Powerplant program and the second completing cohort of the Precision Manufacturing program in December of 2017. Project Search Distribution Logistics and Hospitality programs celebrated their third completion ceremony in May of 2018
West-MEC offers a series of professional development courses and workshops available to anyone interested in increasing their skill set. Whether you are in education or private sector, there is a professional development workshop available to you. All participants will receive a certificate documenting their hours of participation for recertification purpose.
“I like how the instructors care so much about not only about my education and learning, but about me as a person. I feel insanely welcome at West-MEC and I’m so glad I decided to join.”
— West-MEC Coding Student
West-MEC Strategic Plan Vision Element III emphasizes the development of advisory boards and business and industry partner engagement and participation across all programs. Recognizing West-MEC is the pipeline for tomorrow’s West Valley workforce, partnerships with member school districts, colleges and universities, and business and industry remain central to ensuring program curriculums stay forward thinking. Advisory Councils comprised of representatives from each of these sectors help with course design, classroom equipment, and the overall quality of West-MEC programs at satellite and central campuses.
Potential partners, not already involved, are encouraged to get involved at:
“The things that we’re talking about and sharing actually have a big impact on the decisions that the students make in the development of their careers.”
— Zach Ferres, CEO of Coplex; Coding Advisory Council member
West-MEC And Airline Partnership Fuels An Economic Boost
It is part of our strategic plan to give back to our community that supports us. Staff has given their time to support feeding the homeless, packing food boxes, organizing food drives, school supply drives, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and more.
41 employees and their family members participated in these community service events, donating a total of 426.5 hours West-MEC has given to our community.
2017-18 BUDGET REPORT
(includes auxiliary operations, JTED IGA fees, federal projects, donation expenses, bond)
MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS $24,005,581
UNRESTRICTED CAPITAL $8,826,217
WEST-MEC WINS REGIONAL EDUCATION AWARDS
West-MEC was awarded two regional awards from the Region V Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Region V includes 22 states and territories.
After winning Arizona CTE Counselor of the Year in 2017, Shelly Thome won the ACTE Region V Career Guidance Award. This award recognizes a school counselor or career development professional who has made significant contributions to CTE programs in his/her communities and/or state.
“Shelly is at the forefront of the College and Career Ready education initiative: whether involved in establishing a new partnership with a community college that results in a program offering students improved access to high skill, high demand and high pay jobs or creating guidance lessons to prepare students with employability skills, Shelly is tirelessly advocating for the needs of diverse students,” said Speranta Klees, West-MEC Counselor Liaison.
Thome was not the sole winner at the Region V ACTE Conference. The Aviation Maintenance program won the Innovative Program Award, which recognizes innovative career and technical education programs that are improving and promoting the image of career and technical education.
“West-MEC’s Aviation Technology program embodies high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) today. The program is innovative in its career-driven partnerships that directly prepares students with the technical and professional skills needed for a successful career in aviation maintenance related pathways,” said Stephen Weltsch, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Campus Operations.
NORTHWEST CAMPUS GRAND OPENING
West-MEC celebrated the official grand opening of its Northwest Campus located in Surprise, Ariz. The campus welcomed over 200 students in August and is expected to house over 600 attendees after the completion of future phases. The Northwest Campus currently offers high school career training programs in Medical Assisting, Cosmetology, Law, Public Safety & Security, Physical Therapy Technician, and IT Security.
Beginning in the fall of 2018, students will find additional program offerings such as Dental Assisting and Veterinary Science.
As the campus continues to expand over the next few years Automotive Technology, Construction, and STEM courses will be added.