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A Yes Vote for the 2016 West-MEC Bond is a Vote for Tomorrow's Workforce

September 28, 2016
News Release
Yes for West-MEC

Today's classrooms hold tomorrow's workforce. And, like the new and unique workplaces of today, classrooms have also changed.

West-MEC understands that every student must be prepared to join the workforce, and operates as a unique public school district that focuses on hands-on learning, leadership development training and industry certification to help prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s careers.

Walk through the halls of any West-MEC campus and you will find large facilities that contain airplane maintenance, avionics, cleanrooms, medical assisting, veterinary clinic, pharmacies, automotive shops, computer coding, law and public safety, welding and other hands-on learning environments.

Since 2002, West-MEC has grown significantly providing career and technical education across the West Valley. Career and technical education programs combine academic and career skill development and provide students with college credits, internship opportunities, and industry certifications.

More than 700,000 registered voters will have the opportunity to support these efforts with a yes vote for the 2016 West-MEC bond. On Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016, voters will decide on $141 million bond package, which will be sold and used over a ten-year period.

“We believe that job skills and career training are critical – not only for the students who are served, but also for the businesses of all sizes throughout Arizona that need a skilled workforce,” stated Jake Long of John F. Long Properties and member of the Yes for West-MEC Bond. “Now more than ever, Arizona students need options for education and job training that will support a strong economy and a vote for West-MEC is a vote for our state’s future.”

Over the next few years, West-MEC is expected to more than double in its student population and grow from 21 central programs to 40 central programs. The 2016 West-MEC bond will help bring more programs to the Valley, such as construction trades, health/dental and veterinary training, and heavy equipment and heavy diesel specialties.  It will also allow the purchase of additional land to build new campuses.

The average cost to the homeowner is very minimal – approximately $6.06 per year on $100,000 of assessed valuation.

For additional information about the impact of career and technical education and details about the bond, visit

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