Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) and Arizona Public Service hosted a groundbreaking celebration for the new West-MEC Southwest campus, in partnership with the City of Buckeye, Estrella Mountain Community College, and Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.

The groundbreaking took place Feb. 6.

The campus will provide education programs and career training in many areas, including sustainable energy and industrial technology. APS and other industry partners will be involved in the curriculum development, and will also provide classroom instruction and equipment for real-life simulations and training. The groundbreaking ceremony will include speeches from local dignitaries and tours of the Energy Education Center, 600 N. Verrado Way, Buckeye.

Present at the groundbreaking were West-MEC Superintendent Gregory J. Donovan; Sen. Kelli Ward, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee; Rep. Anthony Kern; Buckeye Mayor Jackie A. Meck; Buckeye City Manager Stephen Cleveland; Estrella Mountain Community College VP of Occupational Education Clay Goodman; APS Chairman, President, & CEO Donald E. Brandt; APS Executive Vice President & Chief Nuclear Officer Randall Edington.

For more information about the newest campus, visit www.west-mec.org.