West-MEC to sponsor 5K for scholarships

Physical therapy students, Ethan Rook, Mario Hernandez, Sabrina Walls, Madelynn Decker, Yesenia Smith and Laecey Rardin, at the Northwest Campus in Surprise at West-MEC, which will sponsor at 5K and Bunny Hop April 7 in Peoria. [Submitted photo]

Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) – a public career technical education district – will host a 5K and bunny hop supporting student scholarships 8 a.m. Sunday, April 7 at Rio Vista Community Park, 8866 W. Thunderbird Road, in Peoria.

The family-friendly, non-competitive 5K takes runners and walkers along the bike trails at Rio Vista Park. Music and enthusiastic supporters will line the racetrack and cheer on the athletes to the finish line. All finishers receive a T-shirt and medal.

Kids 10 and younger are encouraged to try the bunny hop relay.

“The West-MEC 5K is for everyone: young and old, runners and walkers. But the 5K is really about building support for students to make sure they get the career training they want for their futures,” Julie Stockwell, professional development specialist, stated.

Physical therapy, medical assisting and public safety students will pass out water bottles, guide runners, and speak about their time at West-MEC. After completing their career training program, these students have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications.

“A few West-MEC programs have higher registration fees or college book costs, and for some families, this is a roadblock,” Marilynn Babyar, director of student services, stated. “The student scholarship fund provides hope for the future.”

West-MEC is located at 5487 N. 99th Ave., in Glendale, and is a joint technical education public school district that focuses on 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 47 high schools, across 3,600 square miles in the northern and western cities of the Phoenix Metropolitan area.

Visit west-mec.edu .



What: West-MEC 5K and Bunny Hop

When: 8 a.m. Sunday, April 7

Where: Rio Vista Community Park, 8866 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria

To Register: Visit bit.ly/WestMEC5k

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