Cognia recognizes U.S. schools and systems across the globe
Staff Reports | Digital Free Press
Western Maricopa Education Center, a career and technical education public school district focused on preparing students today for tomorrow’s careers, has been named a “School of Distinction” by Cognia, a global, nonprofit improvement organization.
The recognition is based on the results of Cognia’s rigorous accreditation engagement review process. This year, 96 U.S. schools in 34 states and D.C., and 38 systems in countries across the globe are being recognized, according to a press release.
West-MEC was in the top 5% of schools internationally that participated in the accreditation process during the 2021-22 school year. West-MEC has been recognized for its demonstrated evidence of growth in learning, engaging and high-quality instructional environments, and effective leadership for schooling, the release states.
“West-MEC is grateful to have received this distinction from Cognia,” said West-MEC Superintendent Dr. Scott Spurgeon, in a prepared statement.
“West-MEC is focused on providing career and technical education with a concentration on high-quality industry training all while providing our students with top-of-the-line equipment and classrooms, and a majority of instructors who come straight from the industry themselves. Receiving this honor from Cognia shows we are continuing to head in the right direction.”
Cognia’s accreditation is based on ever-expanding amounts of research to understand the learning process and to define high-quality education in today’s day and age. Cognia is a valuable mark of distinction recognized around the world.
“The rigorous journey of systems accreditation enables all teachers and staff to not only internalize West-MEC’s mission but affirm how we ensure all students are prepared for career pathways to achieving economic independence,” said West-MEC’s Assistant Superintendent Stephen Weltsch. “Cognia’s Systems Accreditation is recognized around the world as exemplifying excellence in education. West-MEC is not only a leader among CTED’s but stands out for its service to students and community among all public, charter and private schools.”