Operating under the maxim that it’s never too late, Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) is offering a couple of adult career programs in the not-to-distant future.
“West-MEC is a public school district which provides career training programs for both adult and high school students,” according to a statement on the district’s website at west-mec.edu. “Certifications and licensure open the doors to economic independence and a fulfilling, in-demand career.”
There are seven programs West-MEC offers to adults, including Aviation Maintenance Technology, Avionics/Electronics, HVAC-R, IT Security, Pharmacy Technician, Precision Manufacturing, and Welding Technology.
Aviation Maintenance Technology starts on Jan. 7. The program “teaches students the maintenance and repair of aircraft mechanical systems, including turbine and reciprocating engines, aircraft finishes, sheet metal, welding, landing gears, hydraulics, and propellers,” according to the program description.
When students complete the program, they can test for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) General, Airframe, and Powerplant certification. Program courses are held on the West-MEC Central Campus, 6997 N. Glen Harbor Blvd. in Glendale.
This program is divided among two courses, airframe and powerplant. Each course consists of 1,165.5 hours of study for less than $8,900. If a student selects to take both courses of study, the cost is just under $14,600. Class times are from 5:45-10:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Other programs starting soon are HVAC-R in March, Avionics/Electronics in April, IT Security in July, and Pharmacy Technician in September.
Financial Assistance through the Veterans Affairs GI Bill educational benefits may be available to those who qualify.
Visit west-mec.edu/findyourhappy for information on registration.