Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) said farewell to Assistant Superintendent Cliff Migal and Governing Board Members Ray Malnar and Chairperson Jeanine Guy this month.
Migal retired after working in education for 47 years. He spent 13 years with West-MEC, working with the Project Search program, which helps prepare youth with disabilities for the workforce. He also spent a great deal of his time establishing partnerships with local businesses and has contributed to the growth and success of the district.
“It has been a wonderful ride. It is a passion of mine to work with young people and adults in industry,” he said.
Along with Migal’s retirement, Jeanine Guy and Ray Malnar, two of West-MEC’s governing board members concluded their terms on the board.
Guy is an Arizona native who dedicated her career to serving her community and has been a part of the West-MEC Governing Board four years. Along with serving on the board, she has worked at the City of Buckeye as a library director, community service director, assistant city manager and retired as Buckeye City Manager.
“I am a strong advocate of career and technical education. I admire the leadership West-MEC provides in the West Valley,” Guy said.
Nov. 8 Guy was elected to Buckeye City Council and will continue to contribute to the West Valley in this new role.
Malnar has spent eight years serving on the West-MEC board, three of which he served as chairperson. In his eight years, he has contributed to major decisions that have enhanced the district. Malnar has been re-elected to Glendale City Council, where he will continue to serve his community in many ways.
He said, “Service to my community and making decisions that impact people’s lives in the long run is what is important to me.”
Dec. 7, West-MEC swore two new board members into office: Peter Pingerelli and Richard Oros. The new chairperson and vice chairperson will be voted in at the next meeting Jan. 11. For more information about West-MEC and board members, visit west-mec.org.
West-MEC is a joint technical education public school district that focuses solely on innovative career and technical education (CTE) programs that prepare students to enter the workforce and pursue continuing education. West-MEC CTE programs provide students opportunities to earn college credit and industry credentials. West-MEC serves more than 29,000 students from 46 high schools, across 3,600 square miles in the northern and western cities of the Phoenix Metropolitan area. West-MEC now also offers adult education programs. Visit www.west-mec.org for more information about West-MEC’s career-driven education opportunities or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.