West Maricopa Education Center
The West Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) offers part-time programs to students who earn core academic credits at their home high schools or through homeschooling. West-MEC operates as its own school district—its five campuses serve 12 home districts in the Phoenix area. Each West-MEC campus has slightly different programs, ranging from traditional voc/tech fields, such as welding and automotive technology, to newer programs, such as law and coding. A high school student attending West-MEC might take courses established through a partnership with Delta Airlines, preparing her to work as a Delta technician after graduation. The district has partnerships with three community colleges so high school students can earn dual credit, and it offers career training for adults. West-MEC is an example of how a traditional voc/tech model has added 21st century program offerings and dual enrollment.
Because it does not confer graduation credits, the Arizona Department of Education does not report outcomes data for the West-MEC district or its individual campuses. Across all campuses, an average of 65 percent of the student population is white, and 24 percent is Hispanic. An application is required, but admission is not selective.