What is West-MEC

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.

graphic image-37,000 students
decorative graphic-48 schools
square miles graphic-01

More than 37,000 students from 48 high schools across 3,876 square miles in the northern and western cities of the Phoenix Metropolitan area are enrolled in West-MEC funded programs.

BOUNDARY MAP


West-MEC’s district boundaries cover a large territory of the northern and western cities of Metropolitan Phoenix. Our boundaries span 3,876 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.

graphic: West-MEC Career Training programs boundary map

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

CORE LEARNING VALUES


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

  • All students can learn
  • Teachers make the difference
  • High expectations
  • Success leads to success

COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS & STAKEHOLDERS


Your participation in a West-MEC program will lead to:

  • A faster way forward – Level up your classroom and training experience by discovering what’s possible
  • Economic independence – Use your career-based experience and industry certifications to fund the lifestyle and higher education you choose.
  • Relationships that last – Build a family of peers, experts, and employers to fast-track your success.
  • Realize your value – Put your talents and abilities to work by creating a career pathway based on your unique interests.
  • Power your arrow – Launch an impactful career and lifestyle to change your piece of the world.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT


West-MEC is committed to creating a diverse, welcoming, and supportive environment in which all students and staff thrive and feel empowered to contribute to their community.

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 with an 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 37,000 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
La Joya High School
Sierra Linda High School
Tolleson Union High School
Tolleson Virtual High School
University High School
West Point High School
Westview High School

WICKENBURG UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Wickenburg High School

Learn more about Career and Technical Education at Arizona CTE leads