WHAT IS WEST-MEC?

Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) is a public school district dedicated to providing innovative career and technical education (CTE) programs that prepare students to enter the workforce and pursue continuing education.

West-MEC CTE programs provide students opportunities to earn college credit and industry credentials.

56,000 students
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3,685 square miles

More than 56,000 students from 47 high schools across 3,685 square miles in the northern and western cities of the Phoenix Metropolitan area are currently enrolled in West-MEC

BOUNDARY MAP


West-MEC’s district boundaries cover a large territory of the northern and western cities of Metropolitan Phoenix. Our boundaries span 3,685 square miles and we serve students at multiple locations. If you live within any of the following Member District boundaries, you also reside within West-MEC’s boundaries.

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MISSION STATEMENT

Preparing Students Today for Tomorrow’s Careers

VISION STATEMENT

Empower all students to participate fully in the economy by providing and enhancing Career and Technical Education

OUR PHILOSOPHY


We believe that the following are key to ensuring success for our students:

  • Upgrading and enhancing existing courses and programs
  • Expanding the number and quality of courses available
  • Making courses as convenient as possible to students
  • Providing training to enter the workforce and pursue continuing education
  • The recognitions of achievements in Career and Technical Education
  • Retraining to enhance job skills and career opportunities

OUR VALUES


West-MEC values and is committed to:

  • Delivery of quality, comprehensive, articulated, industry-validated programs, facilities, equipment and resources
  • A delivery system that includes classroom instruction. laboratory instruction, work-based learning, and a Career and Technical Student Organization
  • The success of students going directly into the workforce, further career training, or post-secondary education
  • Strong partnerships with all district stakeholders
  • Quality Career and Technical Education professional development for all
  • The recognitions of achievements in Career and Technical Education
  • The advancement and success of Career and Technical Education in member districts
  • Lifelong learning
  • Providing key leadership in education reform and modernization

How is West-MEC funded?

  • State
  • JTED

West-MEC is a public school district and receives its funding from the state of Arizona. About 68% of our funding comes from the State and the remaining 32% comes from the CTED (Career and Technical Education District) voter-approved measure. The measure approved for CTEDs to receive 5 cents for every $100 of an assessed home value if you live within the district boundaries. For example, if you own a home within and assessed value of $250,000, you pay a secondary tax of $12.50 towards West-MEC per year.

The majority of West-MEC’s instructional budget is designated to 12 Member School Districts that teach Satellite programs. This funding helps support CTE programs, Career and Technical Student Organizations training, student grants and professional development for teachers. The remainder of the funding goes towards West-MEC operated programs.

Member School Districts


West-MEC partners with 12 public school districts to serve Career and Technical Education to over 56,000 students. These classes are called Satellite Programs, and they are elective courses offered to students at their designated high school campuses. The following high schools offer West-MEC Satellite Programs. Check with your Counselor today about signing up!

AGUA FRIA UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Agua Fria High School
Canyon View High School
Desert Edge High School
Millennium High School
Verrado High School

BUCKEYE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Buckeye High School
Estrella Foothills High School
Youngker High School

CARTWRIGHT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

DEER VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Barry Goldwater High School
Boulder Creek High School
Deer Valley High School
Mountain Ridge High School
Sandra Day O’Connor High School

DYSART UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Dysart High School
Shadow Ridge High School
Valley Vista High School
Willow Canyon High School

GLENDALE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Apollo High School
Cortez High School
Glendale High School
Greenway High School
Independence High School
Moon Valley High School
Sunnyslope High School
Thunderbird High School
Washington High School

PARADISE VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Horizon High School
North Canyon High School
Pinnacle High School
Paradise Valley High School/CREST
Paradise Valley High School/Start Tech
Shadow Mountain High School

PENDERGAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

PEORIA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Cactus High School
Centennial High School
Ironwood High School
Liberty High School
Raymond S. Kellis High School
Peoria High School
Sunrise Mountain High School

SADDLE MOUNTAIN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Tonopah Valley High School

TOLLESON UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Copper Canyon High School
LaJoya High School
Sierra Linda High School
Tolleson Union High School
University High School
Westview High School

WICKENBURG UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Wickenburg High School