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13 Arizona districts offer vocational alternative to traditional high schools
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13 Arizona districts offer vocational alternative to traditional high schools

GLENDALE — Matthew Capota glanced over at his group as three teenagers picked up pieces of an airplane engine on a table and turned them over in their hands. Capota, a senior at Liberty High School, and fellow students make sure the engine would work properly and safely.

“David, inspect it for cracks, corrosion or anything unairworthy,” Capota said.

Capota is one of 33 students in the aviation program at Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC), one of the 13 joint technical education districts in Arizona.