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West-MEC to Expand into Surprise

West-MEC just broke ground for a new campus in Buckeye designed to eventually serve 650 students in 12 to 14 different programs. The new campus in Buckeye is funded by bonds approved by voters in 2012. Rendering credit: DLR Group

By Angela Gonzales for Phoenix Business Journal

Western Maricopa Education Center broke ground in Buckeye for a new campus, and now the technical education program is eyeing Surprise for another campus.

Estrella Mountain Community College will expand its partnership with West-MEC to include its energy programs, as Arizona Public Service Co. and other industry partners will be involved in the curriculum development and training.

The second phase of construction — expected to be completed in August 2016 — will include an industrial technology building with 23KSF of space and 10KSF of outdoor work space. Also in Phase II will be a 16KSF health occupations building for medical assisting and medical records programs.

The Buckeye campus is one of four projects for the career and technical public school district funded by a $74.9M bond that voters approved in 2012. The project’s design is led by DLR Group and the general contractor is McCarthy Building Cos. Inc.

Also on the agenda is a campus at Dysart Road and Grand Avenue in Surprise that is expected to serve 900 students. That campus will offer between 12 and 17 programs where students can prepare for such careers as software/application developers, electricians, police officers, firefighters, auto and truck technicians, machinists, medical/dental assistants and cosmetologists.

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