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West-MEC (Western Maricopa Education Center) is a public school district dedicated to providing students innovative Career & Technical Education programs that will prepare them to enter the workforce & pursue continuing education.

West-MEC Programs


 

Aesthetician 1-2Aesthetician Program Picture-Facial
This one-year program specializes in the study of skin care and provides in-depth instruction on a variety of skin care services. The curriculum will include giving facials, skin analysis, pore cleansing, skin care regimens, waxing, eyebrow shaping, lash tinting and aromatherapy techniques.
Upon completion of the program, students may test to receive a certification with the Arizona Board of Cosmetology.

Prerequisite: 10 HS Credits, 2 in English with a C or better awarded by 6/15
Credit: 4.5/year
Grade: 11, 12
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Air Conditioning Technician   1-2Climate Control Program Pictures-Air  Ducts
This one year program introduces students to the basic elements of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Students will have the opportunity to analyze electrical systems, perform maintenance repairs, troubleshoot and install air conditioning and heating units.
Upon completion of the program, students may test to receive a certification in the National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER).

Prerequisite: 1 credit in English, Science & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 4/year
Grade: 11,12
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Auto Collision Industries 1-2, 3-4Auto Collision Program Picture-Auto body work
This two-year program teaches the basic principles and terminology of the auto body repair industry. This hands-on repair program teaches metal work, basic painting and color matching, cost estimation, industry safety protocol, structural analysis, computer diagnostic systems, and welding in collision repair.
Upon completion of the two-year program, students may test to receive Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) certification.

Prerequisite: 1 credit in both English & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor


Automotive Technology Program Picture-car
Automotive Technology 1-2, 3-4
This two-year program, teaches students all aspects of automotive repair and maintenance including engine performance, engine repair, brakes, steering, suspension, and alignment, and electrical systems.
Upon completion of the two-year program, students may take the ASE Certification Exam.

Prerequisite: 1 credit in both English & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Aviation 1-2, Summer 1, 3-4, Summer 2Aviation Program Picture-Airplane
This two-year program teaches students maintenance and repair of aircraft mechanical systems including electricity, turbine and reciprocating engines, aircraft finishes, sheet metal, welding, landing gears, hydraulics, propellers and much more.
Upon completion of 1944-hours of training, students 18 years of age or older may take the FAA Airframe and Power plant certification exam.

Prerequisite: 1 credit in both English & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 6/year
Grade: 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor

 

Avionics/Drone Electronics 1-2, 3-4Aviation Program Picture- Aviation Instruments
This two-year program is designed to educate students on electronics within the aviation industry. Students will learn avionics installation, troubleshooting, system integration and avionics operating systems, including GPS systems, autopilot, communication systems, and weather radar. Upon completion of the program, students may test to receive a certification with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Prerequisite: 1 credit in both English & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Biomedical Science 1-2, 3-4

This two-year interactive program introduces students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes. Throughout the course of the program, students will be examining human body systems and investigating how to prevent, diagnose and treat disease in a lab setting.​
Prerequisite: 1 credit in English, Algebra 1 & Biology with a C or better. 1 credit in Algebra II & Chemistry with a C or better during first year of program
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Coding 1-2, 3-4Coding Program Picture-Computer, Laptop & phone
This two-year interactive program prepares students for a career as a software developer. The program teaches students how to design and develop software, build apps for phones, tablets, websites and write and test computer code. Upon completion of the program, students may test to receive a certification in Internet Web (CIW) JavaScript.

Prerequisite: 1 credit in both Science & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Culinary Principles 1-2

This one-year interactive program is designed to equip students with the basic skills needed for entry-level positions in diverse food service operations. The program introduces the student to the preparation of foods for full-service, buffet, banquet, a la carte, and bakery operations. Students are exposed to many areas of professional food service including culinary techniques, safety and sanitation, purchasing and cost controls, professionalism and ethics, teamwork and communication. Students will apply their knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment.
This program is offered in partnership with Estrella Mountain Community College.

Prerequisite: Unweighted GPA of 3.0 or better OR Unweighted GPA of 2.6 or better and submit results of Accuplacer Next Generation Reading (249 or higher)
Credit: 2.5/year
Grade: 12 (1 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor
 
 

Dental Assisting 1-2, 3-4

This two-year program prepares students to perform technical services and become entry-level dental assistants. Students will receive hands-on training and learn how to assist medical professionals with dental examinations, sterilize and prepare instruments, polish teeth, take and develop x-rays and take impressions of teeth.
Upon completion of the program, students may test to receive a certification with the American Heart Association CPR/AED, Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), and the National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) Certification.

Prerequisite: 1 credit in both English & Biology or Anatomy/Physiology with a C or better
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Electrical Trade Specialty 1-2

This one-year program in the Electrical Trade Speciality program prepares trainees to enter the residential electrician field. Upon completion of the program, students may test to receive a certification with the National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER), Snap-On, OSHA-10.

Prerequisite: 1 credit in English & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 11,12
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor

 

Emergency Medical Technician Emergency Medical Technician Program Picture-Ambulance
This one-semester program teaches students basic emergency medical care. Students will learn to assess and treat patients. Training consists of first-response care, CPR, measuring vital signs, bandaging, and other life-saving procedures.
Upon completion of the course, students who are 18 years of age or older may take the National Registry Exam to receive EMT certification.

Prerequisite: One credit of Biology or Anatomy/Physiology with a C or better & pass English testing
Credit: 2/semester
Grade: 12
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Energy and Industrial Technology 1-2, 3-4Energy and Industry Technology Program Picture- Electrical Workers
West-MEC’s Energy and Industrial Technology Program explores the fields of electricity, electronics, instrumentation & controls, mechanical systems, industrial skills, and power skills. This program is run in close partnership with APS, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Facility and Estrella Mountain Community College.
Upon completion of the two-year program, students may test to receive OSHA10, American Heart Association CPR/AED and First aid, ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, Energy Industry Fundamentals Certificate, NCCER certifications.

Prerequisite: 1 credit in both English & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Fire Science 1-2Fire Science Program Picture-Firemen
This one-year program is an overview of the fundamentals in the firefighting profession. Students will learn firefighting tactics, search and rescue procedures, and perform simulated firefighting training exercises.
Upon completion of the program, students may take the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Certification Exam.

Prerequisite: 1 credit of English with a C or better
Credit: 2/year
Grade: 11, 12
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



General Construction Technology 1-2,General Construction Technology  Program Picture-Construction Site
This one program prepares students to enter the residential and commercial construction industry. Students will learn estimating, concrete, masonry, framing, dry-wall, basic electrical, basic plumbing, roofing, hand and power tools, rigging and materials handling, along with site safety.
Upon completion of the one-year program, students may test for certification with the National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER).

Prerequisite: 1 credit in English, Science & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 5/year
Grade: 11, 12
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Hairstyling 1-2, 3-4
These two-year interactive programs teach students the latest techniques from experienced cosmetology professionals in a state-of the-art salon setting. Upon completion of the Hairstyling two-year program, students may test to receive a cosmetology license Certification in Hairstyling from the Arizona Board of Cosmetology.

Prerequisite: 10 HS Credits, 2 in English with a C or better awarded  by 6/16
Credit: 3/ year 1 & 4/ year 2
Grade: 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



IT Security 1-2, 3-4I.T. Security Program Picture-Computer Servers
This two-year program focuses on the foundational principles of securing computer networks and managing risk. Important topics covered are manage networks, ethical hacking defense, troubleshooting Linux OS and mitigating security risks.
Upon completion of the two-year program, students may test to receive ACT National Career Readiness Certificate and other entry level IT Security certifications.

Prerequisite: 1 credit in both English & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Law, Public Safety and Security 1-2, 3-4Law, Public Safety & Security  Program Picture-Police Officers
This two-year program explores the basic skills used in patrol functions, defensive tactics, use of force and first aid. Students will learn constitutional law, forensic science, first aid / CPR, and more.
Upon completion of the two-year program, students may test to receive Certified Protection Officer Certification, Arizona Security License, First Aid, CPR and AED Management of Aggressive Behaviors certifications.

Prerequisite: 1 credit in both English & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Medical Assistant 1-2, 3-4 Medical Assisting  Program Picture-Medical Device
This one or two-year program prepares students with the necessary clinical and administrative knowledge to become entry-level medical assistants. Students will receive hands-on training and learn how to properly administer injections, take vital signs, record EKGs, implement basic accounting procedures, and understand the fundamentals of patient documentation. Upon completion of the program, students may test to receive a certification  with the American hear Association CPR/AED.

Prerequisite: 1 credit in both English & lab science with a C or better
Credit: 5.5/year (1 year program), 3/year (2 year program)
Grade: 12 (1 year program), 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Medium/Heavy Diesel Technician 1-2, 3-4Medium/Heavy Diesel Technicial  Program Picture-Transportation Truck
This two-year program teaches students the maintenance and repair of diesel systems found in medium-heavy equipment like trucks, buses, cranes, tractors, and more. Students will use computers to troubleshoot and diagnosis electrical systems, brakes, suspension, steering, and hydraulics using Snap-on Tools technology and equipment.
Upon completion of the two-year program, students may take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification Exam.

Prerequisite: 1 credit in both English & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Pharmacy Technician 1-2
Pharmacy Technician  Program Picture-LaboratoryThis one-year program teaches students the delivery of pharmaceutical services alongside licensed pharmacists in a pharmacy setting. The program teaches medical terminology, pharmacy law, quality customer service, pharmacology, preparing prescription medications, and administrative duties such as inventory of drugs and pharmacy operations.
Upon completion of the one-year program, students may test to receive Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Certification.

Prerequisite: 1 credit in English, a lab science & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 12
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Physical Therapy Technician 1-2 
This one-year program prepares students with necessary skills and techniques to become a physical therapy technician. Students will receive hands-on instruction in helping patients who are recovering from all types of injuries and illnesses to improve their quality of life. Topics include innovative orthopedic techniques, neurological and pediatric rehabilitation, pain management therapy, rehabilitation equipment staging and treatment area skills, and record treatment.
Upon completion of the program, students may test to receive certification with the American Heart Association CPR/AED and OSHA-10.

Prerequisite: 1 credit in English & a lab science with a C or better
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 11,12
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor


 
Precision Manufacturing 1-2, 3-4Precision Manufacturing  Program Picture-Machinery
This two-year program acquaints students with precision manufacturing and computer numerically-controlled machining. Students will gain insight on the select tools and materials needed to make durable goods, read blueprints, comprehend CNC theory and procedures, utilize machine shop math, etc.
Upon completion of the program, students may test to receive a certification with the national Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Prerequisite: 1 credit in both English & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Veterinary Sciences 1-2, 3-4Veterinary Sciences  Program Picture-Dog
This one or two-year  program will teach students how to deliver medical care to domestic, exotic and large animals, i.e. cats, dogs, reptiles, birds. Students will have the opportunity to assist a certified veterinary technician and/ or veterinarian in surgery, run laboratory tests, obtain animal vitals, and provide daily care and enrichment to the animals up for adoption. This program prepares students to be a vital part of the veterinary team working together to save animals lives.
Upon completion of the program, students may test to receive a certification with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

Prerequisite: 1 credit in both English & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 5.5/year (1 year program), 3/year (2 year program)
Grade: 12 (1 year program), 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor



Welding Technology 1-2, 3-4Welding Technology  Program Picture-Welder
This two-year program explores the basic skills used in metalworking, manufacturing and industrial production. Students will learn basic safety techniques, sheet metal work, acetylene welding and cutting, electric welding, soldering, plasma cutting, and much more.
Upon completion of the program, students may test to receive a certification with the American Welding Society S.E.N.S.E (AWS).

Prerequisite: 1 credit in both English & Algebra 1 (or higher) with a C or better
Credit: 3/year
Grade: 11-12 (2 year program)
Fees: May require a fee
Location: See counselor
 
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