West-MEC (Western Maricopa Education Center) was created to help students find a faster way forward in life. Career and Technical Education continuously proves to keep students engaged in school and West-MEC believes that Career and Technical Education is key to the success of their students and for growing a strong economy in Arizona. West-MEC offers many CTE programs to juniors and seniors in high school. They also offer some adult education programs.
The Phoenix Police Department’s Police Cadets Program for Youth is for career-oriented young adults aged 14 through 21. This successful program is designed to educate and involve young men and women in police operations and to interest them in law enforcement functions whether they enter the law enforcement field or not. As a Police Cadet, young adults have the opportunity to assist the Phoenix Police Department. Police Cadets can broaden their understanding and firsthand knowledge of the challenges and job skills that make up their community's police service. In addition to gaining a working knowledge of police work, the participants have the opportunity to give of themselves to their community. Police Cadets are volunteers and do not serve as police employees, sworn or civilian.