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West-MEC Bond Backers Optimistic About $75M Bond

By Eddi Trevizo for The Arizona Republic

Mckenna Farris, 17, cooks during a culinary arts course at Millennium High in Goodyear on Monday. About 26,000 students from 40 high schools are enrolled in West-MEC, which offers career and technical education in such fields as automotive technology, aviation, cosmetology, emergency medical technician and culinary arts. Photo Credit: Michael Schennum/The Republic

The Western Maricopa Education Center will ask voters to approve a $75M bond (AZBEX, April 20), which supporters say, would build four campuses across the Valley and expand access to vocational classes to thousands of new students.

If approved, West-MEC plans to use $38.8M, the bulk of the bond money, to build four career education campuses in Surprise, Buckeye as well as in north and west-central Phoenix.

The bond money would provide $12.7M to purchase leased buildings and land, $12.4M to purchase furniture, equipment and to build infrastructure, $7M to renovate existing facilities, and $4M to pay for street improvements near West-MEC facilities.

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