photo_Greg Donovan, Superintendent

GREG DONOVAN
Superintendent

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.

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2018-19 WEST-MEC CENTRAL PROGRAMS

Aesthetician
Air Conditioning Technician
Automotive Collision Technology
Automotive Technology
Aviation Maintenance Technology
Avionics/Drone Electronics
Biomedical science
Coding
Culinary Principles

Dental Assisting
Electrical Trade Specialty
EMT
Energy & Industrial Technology
Fire Science
General Construction Technology
Hairstyling
IT Security
Medical Assisting

Medium/Heavy Diesel Technology
Law, Public Safety & Security
Pharmacy Technician
Physical Therapy Technician
Precision Machining
Veterinary Sciences
Welding Technology

“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

STUDENT LEARNING AND ACHIEVEMENT

1774

NUMBER OF INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS EARNED BY West-MEC STUDENTS THIS YEAR

% of students passed the ADE Technical Assessment89%
% of students met their growth target for technical content83%
% of students earned credit with a C or better98%
Student Attendance Rate (with 5 or fewer absences)67%
Student Retention Rate92%

2018-19 STUDENT COMPLETERS

Prepared for the workforce and beyond

79%

Positively placed (employment, education, military, or mission)

99%

Completed a resume

83%

Completed a mock interview with an industry professional

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

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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:

162
1st Place Medalists 

139
2nd Place Medalists 

133
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

37,000
Total number of students enrolled in West-MEC funded programs

1,678
Total number of West-MEC Central Program Students 

SCHOLARSHIPS

$166,011.00

We are grateful for the support of the following donors who have contributed to student scholarships:

DONORS

AASBO
ABM Education
ADM Group, Inc
Architechnology Inc.
Arizona CARSTAR Business Group
Arizona Furnishings
AZ Sunscape
BHHS
Chasse Building Team
Climatec
Core Construction
Desert Financial Foundation
DLR Group
EMC2 Group Architects
Energy Systems Design Inc.
EPS Group Inc
Estrella Mountain Car Club
GCON Management Company
H&B Construction


Kiwanis of Litchfield
Logan Simpson
McCarthy Building Companies
Needthese
Orcutt Winslow
Pete King Construction Co.
Program of Study
Progressive Roofing
Rod Reese Foundation
Snapon
Southwest Earthwork LLC
SRP Group
SPS+ Architects
Stone Cold Masonry
Tohono O’dom
Toshiba
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.

7% GROWTH

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)

ABOVE 90%

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.

adult ed

ADULT ED

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:

CENTRAL CAMPUS

  • Aviation Maintenance Technology – Airframe
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology – Powerplant
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology – Airframe and Powerplant
  • Avionics/Electronics
  • Precision Manufacturing – Manual
  • Precision Manufacturing – CNC
  • Precision Manufacturing
  • Welding Technology – Plate
  • Welding Technology – Pipe
  • Welding Technology

NORTHEAST CAMPUS:

  • HVAC-R

SOUTHWEST CAMPUS

  • 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.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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.

STUDENT AND ADVISOR TRAININGS

Participants ranked their experience with an average score 9.5

35
CTSOs
333
Advisors Attended
1504
Students Attended
1837
Total CTSO Attended

INSTRUCTIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

Participants ranked their experience with an average score 9.4

212
Professional Development Courses Offered
1643
Participants
1480
OSHA Training Certifications
825
NC3 Certifications Awarded

“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

BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS

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:
west-mec.edu/advisory-council

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

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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.

Long before teaching automotive students at ​West-MEC​’s Northeast Campus in Deer Valley, Nick Shumaker landed his first technician job because of a friend’s referral who knew Shumaker worked on his family’s vehicles and read car manuals.

After 15 years in the industry, Shumaker decided to pass his knowledge to the next generation of automotive technicians.

His goal is for students to understand how a vehicle’s individual systems affect one another.

“I didn’t have a formalized background like my students have. I knew how to work on cars, I just didn’t get the big picture. For me to give my students that perspective beforehand – understanding critical thinking and following a scientific method – is giving them an advantage in the industry,” said Shumaker.

These technical skills are important for students.

The skills gap – the lack of qualified workers to fill skilled positions – casts a long shadow, but equipping students with certifications is only part of the solution.

More Than Technical Skills

Kyle Holloway is a senior at ​Youngker High School​ in Buckeye.

In May, he will graduate and complete the automotive technology program at the Northeast Campus with a distinct honor.

He will be the first student in campus history to have a perfect attendance record.

“If I’m going to learn something every day, I’m going to show up every day. And I do learn something every single day,” said Holloway.

Despite having a two-hour commute – the Northeast Campus is 44 miles away from Youngker – Kyle is often 30 minutes early to class.

To pay for his gas and car, Kyle works as a restaurant host in addition to attending West-MEC and Youngker.

“If something goes sideways in the lab, Kyle immediately tells me. He comes early and stays late. He’s a model employee,” Shumaker laughed, “and he’s pretty good at working on cars too.”

Such focus and work ethic is hard to teach, but it puts students ahead of their peers.

“I have students who get hired for the attendance awards in their portfolio. Employers want someone who shows up,” said Shumaker.

Building Leaders

All programs at West-MEC have a co-curricular student organization that teaches students about leadership and gives them the opportunity to put their skills to the test.

SkillsUSA​, the automotive program’s student organization, is crucial to student development.

“SkillsUSA builds the core of what gets students hired and keeps them from getting fired. They have to learn how to work well together and communicate effectively if they want to succeed in the field,” said Shumaker.

At SkillUSA competitions, both leadership and technical skills are evaluated in a multi-station circuit touching on all aspects of a vehicle.

Landon Hunt, a second-year student in Shumaker’s automotive program, recently took third in the statewide SkillsUSA competition.

This impressive feat is underscored by the fact Landon came to the program a blank canvas.

“I knew cars had an engine and exhaust and that was about it. I didn’t even know how to change oil,” said Hunt.

Even though he had no initial background in cars – besides being a fan of the “Fast and the Furious” movies – Landon now works as a valet at an Audi dealership.

After finishing the auto program and becoming certified, Landon will be promoted to a service tech apprentice at the dealership.

“Landon came in with little auto knowledge, but he has a technical mindset. He’s got a great attitude and isn’t afraid to try new things,” said Shumaker.

For both Kyle and Landon, the technical skills they have learned have opened up opportunities for well-paying jobs right out of high school without the burden of student loans.

But the biggest lessons learned move beyond fixing cars.

“Shumaker is focused not only on building us through automotive, but as a person. I’ve learned to not be scared of putting myself out there and taking the lead to help others follow along,” said Hunt. “It’s not something you can learn from a manual.”

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COMMUNITY SERVICE

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

$33,030,351
Total Expenditures

(includes auxiliary operations, JTED IGA fees, federal projects, donation expenses, bond)

MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS $27,175,785

UNRESTRICTED CAPITAL $5,525,771

Instruction $4,871,69418%
Member Districts $10,939,69240%
Student Services, Counselors, ADM $1,538,9205%
Curriculum & Instruction $2,546,8769%
General Administration $2,423,4559%
Business, IT, Purchasing, HR, Media $20307657%
Custodian/Grounds Maintenance $2,139,8408%