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Glendale, Ariz. (July 24, 2020) Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC)–a public career technical education district–celebrates staff members who were recognized for their contributions to Career Technical Education (CTE) by the Association for Career Technical Education of Arizona (ACTEAZ).

West-MEC is pleased to announce the achievements of the following esteemed staff members.

ACTEAZ Lifetime Achievement Award – John Mulcahy, West-MEC Assistant Superintendent for Professional Development and Adult Education 

ACTEAZ Administrator of the Year – Marilynn Babyar, West-MEC Director of Student Services

ACTEAZ Distinguished Service Award – Shelly Thome, West-MEC Exceptional Student Services Manager

The winners were personally notified of their award in addition to being posted on the ACTEAZ website https://www.acteaz.org/awards/2020-award-winners/.

West-MEC supports its staff members in taking an active role in State organizations that support public education and career technical education. In addition to the recognition of the award recipients, West-MEC is proud to announce the following staff members for their service on the ACTEAZ Executive Board. 

ACTEAZ President-Elect – Rahsaan Bartet, West-MEC Elementary and Community Liaison

ACTEAZ Vice President – Stephen Weltsch, West-MEC Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Campus Operations

ACTEAZ Member at Large – Brady Mitchell, West-MEC Curriculum & Instruction Specialist

ACTEAZ is a nationally recognized leader working with the ACTE national organization to become a stronger voice in legislation and policymaking in support of Career Technical Education. For more information, visit https://www.acteaz.org

Graduation 2020

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West-MEC Hosts Unique Recognition Ceremonies During COVID-19 Pandemic

On May 28th and 29th, West-MEC celebrated it’s program completers for the 2019-20 school year. COVID-19 precautions changed our plans for hosting a traditional ceremony. Instead, our campus teams came together to celebrate our hard-working students with a special “Drive-Thru Ceremony”.

Our West-MEC program completers stand apart from the typical high school graduate. Our students are ahead of the curve and better prepared to go into the workforce or higher education.

To our dear graduates, none of this could have been accomplished without the support of others that believed in you to succeed. When you look around, you will find support everywhere. From the West-MEC Governing Board, our administration, to your fabulous instructors and finally your family. These people all put in the time, effort, and love into your success, especially during these unprecedented times.

We know this year has gone differently than any of us could’ve ever imagined. Yet, despite the challenges, we are proud of the resiliency of our West-MEC students to adapt to a new learning style and complete your programs.

As you go off to college, the military, and enter the workforce to build lives of your own, we challenge you and your family to share the story of what Career & Technical Education has done for you with all those you meet. We ask that you keep in touch with West-MEC. We want to continue to help you along your path. We need your stories of success. Your stories can help others learn of the opportunities that await them.

On behalf of the Governing Board and all of West-MEC, thank you for your hard work. We look forward to your bright future.

Congratulations class of 2020!