The Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC), established in 1989, is composed of 34 citizen commissioners who advise, make recommendations, and serve as advocates in all areas as they affect the educational welfare of Tucson and Pima County. The MEC's goals include:
- To empower and advocate for students, their teachers, and their families.
- To acknowledge individuals and groups within the community whose exemplary service to students and to education merits such special recognition.
- To promote graduation from high school as a first step toward an enriched future for students and a realistic sense of their place within the community.
The Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC), composed of 34 members, facilitates partnerships and collaborations among education, business, service and government agencies to promote education and to advocate on issues affecting education in Pima County. To Empower and Advocate For Students, Teachers, Families
To Recognize and Promote Individuals and Groups Supporting Education
- Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress: (YAC/TTC); 477 youth involved in leadership activities
- Teen Town Hall: Annual event where over 1,800 youth have voiced their opinions on issues to community leaders
- School Infrastructure Committee: agreements between school districts and municipalities to assure proper infrastructure around school sites
- Pima County Business & Education Roundtable: MEC is a partner to work with the business community on K-12 education
- Summer Leadership Conference: Annual teen training on current issues such as welfare reform, economic development in which over 600 youth have participated
- Conferences and Workshops: Celebrating Opportunities for Multicultural Students Conference, The $$$$ Stops Here Educational Finance Forum; Do We Still Need Public Schools Forum; Tucson Resiliency Initiative Conference
- Best Practices for the Best Start: (1991-1994) initiative to provide young children (0-6) a good start in school
Crystal Apple Awards: 84 community leaders and organizations honored for contributions to education
Outstanding Teen Citizen Awards: In collaboration with Tucson Parks & Recreation and Pima Community College ten teens are selected annually
BEST Breakfasts and MEC Monthly Meetings: Provide a forum for education programs and initiatives
MEC Collaborations: Annually averages 27 community partnerships which in 2007 include:
- Transition Fair
- Meth Free Alliance
- LULAC Youth Leadership Conference
- Pima County Business & Education Roundtable
- Pima County Substance Abuse Committee
- Sunnyside School District Learning Community
- United Way Youth Development Coalition
- Pima Santa Cruz Tech Prep Consortium
- Real Life, Real Talk
Promotion of High School Graduation and High Academic Standards
Goal One: Graduate!/Meta Numero Uno: Graduar!
Initiative to raise Pima County’s high school graduation rates and academic standards.
Academy Without Walls: (AWW) Links academic preparation with high tech job training. To date the following have participated
- 405 students from 12 high schools
- the Pascua Yaqui Reservation
- 22 teachers
- 8 businesses
- Keane, Inc.
- Wells Fargo
- US West
- and Pima Community College
Career Fair: In conjunction with annual LULAC Youth Leadership Conference has reached over 55,000 students
The Key to Employment for the 21st Century Workshop: Students and educators from around Pima County attend this annual event which is supported by the City of Tucson, Pima County, the University of Arizona, and Pima Community College. This Symposium is designed to introduce students to high tech industries as career options for their future, and since its inception has reached over 6,000 students.
Tucson Resiliency Initiative: To provide training and technical support for school-wide resiliency and consensus building.
Regional College Access Center : Facilitates the access to and success in college for all Pima County students, with a special focus on students from low-income households or who are the first in their family to attend post-secondary education programs.
Metropolitan Education Commission
930 E. Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 670-0055
Fax: (520) 670-1110
Office Hours: 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m, Monday through Friday. Evening and Saturday appointments are available upon request.