West-MEC Rendering: DLR Group

West-MEC Breaks Ground on Campus Near Verrado

West valley students will soon be able to take advantage of an array of technical programs at the new West-MEC campus at the doorstep of DMB’s Verrado community. The 20 acre campus will be home to specialized career programs including industrial trades, health occupations and STEM courses.

This new facility, located at I-10 and Verrado Way in Buckeye, providesanother high-value educational opportunity for students of all ages. High school students have the opportunity to take advantage of classes in the West-MEC programs in addition to their regular high school classes. Adults can also take advantage of some of the specialized career programs to enhance their skills.

West-MEC has a business advisory board driving a targeted strategy to ensure its programs meet the technical needs of high-growth sectors. In an effort to meet the demand of employers, the district has partnered with businesses in key industries – aviation, aerospace, health services, and more – to develop curriculum that prepares a pipeline of students who are job ready.

Companies like Boeing, Able Engineering and APS need skilled employees to replace their workforce as some retire. West-MEC and EVIT in the East Valley provide students with high quality education and immediate job opportunities through their education and certification programs.

Building a strong workforce for Arizona’s future will attract more companies to our state. This is key to Arizona’s economic development. One of the top decision factors for businesses looking to build and/or relocate is access to talent and educational opportunities. Companies rely on a strong workforce for their operations and a high quality educational system for their employees and their families.

DMB is fortunate to work alongside these technical education schools and have communities nearby their growing campuses. Both Verrado and Eastmark are near to these schools, providing an array of programs for student discovery.

West-MEC Southwest Campus to break ground Feb. 6

McCarthy Building Companies recently began a $50 million new construction project, including site plan and infrastructure layout, for Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) in conjunction with architect DLR Group. The West-MEC Southwest Campus project, which will be located at I-10 and Verrado Way in Buckeye, Ariz., will eventually serve 650 students in 12 to 14 different programs (including secondary education, post-secondary education and industry training).

The first phase of construction begins this month and will be completed in December 2015. Phase I includes a 32,000-square-foot, two-story Sustainable Energy building. Programs taught in this building may include energy programs that have a curriculum focused on electrical, mechanical, instrumentation and flow loop applications. Phase I also includes a 12,500-square-foot, two-story Student Services Building. This building will feature a presentation and demonstration space with a capacity of up to 400people.

The second phase of construction, estimated for completion in August 2016, will include an Industrial Technology building with 23,000-square-feet of space and 10,000 square feet of outdoor work space. Programs taught in this building may include carpentry, electrical and plumbing trades. Phase II will also include a Health Occupations building with 16,000 square feet of space for medical assisting and medical records programs.

Future phases will include buildings for STEM, veterinary assisting, auto/transportation programs and cosmetology/personal services. The entire campus at build out will feature 167,000 square feet of building space and is situated on a 20-acre campus.

The West-MEC Southwest Campus is one of four projects for the career and technical public school district funded by a $74.9 million voter-approved bond in 2012.

Jill Hegardt

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