LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear West-MEC community members,
Year after year, West-MEC focuses on Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that enable high school and adult students to create/make/build their future. Our unique district provides over 80,000 students with the opportunity to choose from hundreds of career-related courses that lead to certification or licensure.
Today, more than ever, it’s 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. Educators from across the state learn from our professional development offerings and bring with them insights that make us better. Signature events at each campus invite the surrounding community to learn more about what is happening right in their neighborhood. Above all, 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 2018-2019 Annual Report. We look forward to building strong meaningful 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 48 high schools across 3,685 square miles in the northern and western cities of the Phoenix Metropolitan area.
2018-19 WEST-MEC CENTRAL PROGRAMS
Air Conditioning Technician
Automotive Collision Technology
Aviation Maintenance Technology
Electrical Trade Specialty
Energy & Industrial Technology
General Construction Technology
Medium/Heavy Diesel Technology
Law, Public Safety & Security
Physical Therapy Technician
“The counselors, the administrators, the superintendent, the teachers… I have never seen a group of adults so interested in my child’s future and seeing them succeed.”
— Kimberly Mawk, West-MEC parent
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 their Central Program students with 2096 student memberships to Career and Technical Student Organizations
79 of these students placed at the State level competitions
West-MEC is also a large supporter of CTSO chapters at the Satellite Campuses. 315 chapters received assistance for CTSO membership dues and registration fees.
The following satellite students placed at the Regional and State level:
1st Place Medalists
2nd Place Medalists
3rd Place Medalists
“Being a part of West-MEC is an amazing thing. It’s an unbreakable family.”
— Jacob Laaker, West-MEC Alumni
2018-19 ENROLLMENT DATA
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:
ADM Group, Inc
Arizona CARSTAR Business Group
Chasse Building Team
Desert Financial Foundation
EMC2 Group Architects
Energy Systems Design Inc.
EPS Group Inc
Estrella Mountain Car Club
GCON Management Company
Kiwanis of Litchfield
McCarthy Building Companies
Pete King Construction Co.
Program of Study
Rod Reese Foundation
Southwest Earthwork LLC
Stone Cold Masonry
Trane US Inc.
Wholesale Floors LLC
“I’m only 19 years old and I have a full career as a software developer.”
— Zeus Yousif, West-MEC Alumni
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.
During the 2018-19 school year, we looked at the 6-year comparison across the board.
All 6 domains and 29 criteria averaged an overall growth of 7% from the first 3-year cycle (13-16) to the second 3-year cycle (16-19)
West-MEC visited 16 high schools and 131 CTE programs.
The average score was above 90% in all 6 program domains of Program Delivery, Facilities, Curriculum and Instruction, Stakeholder Involvement, Professional Development, and CTSO.
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 2018-2019 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
INSTRUCTION SUPPORT CENTER
Luke Air Force Base
- Project Search – Luke Air Force Base
West-MEC Adult Education launched its newest Project Search Instruction Support Center at Luke Air Force Base. By June 30, 2019, a total of eighteen completion ceremonies have been celebrated in honor of adult students.
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 the private sector, there is a professional development workshop available to you. All participants will receive a certificate documenting their hours of participation for recertification purposes.
“I was able to complete the 1600 hour cosmetology program while I was still in high school. Because of West-MEC, I was able to start my career right out of high school.”
— Alexa Anderson, West-MEC Alumni
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
CERTIFICATIONS ARE ONLY PART OF THE SKILLS GAP SOLUTION
Students at Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) – a public career technical education district – receive a well-rounded education focused on technical and leadership skills that make them competitive in the workforce.
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.
68 employees and their family members participated in these community service events, donating a total of 679.5 hours West-MEC has given to our community.
2018-19 BUDGET REPORT
(includes auxiliary operations, JTED IGA fees, federal projects, donation expenses, bond)
MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS $27,175,785
UNRESTRICTED CAPITAL $5,525,771