Metropolitan Education Commission Goals

MEC Goals and Accomplishments

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, and to Empower and Advocate for K-12 Students, Teachers, and Families.

Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress (YAC/TTC): 477 youth involved in leadership activities

Teen Town Hall: Annual event where over 2,000 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

Summer Leadership Conference: Annual teen training on current issues such as welfare reform, economic development in which over 700 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

To Recognize and Promote Individuals and Groups Supporting Education Crystal Apple Awards: 102 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 2010 included:

  • Transition Fair
  • Pima County Youth Council to Workforce Investment Board
  • LULAC Youth Leadership Conference
  • Pima County Business & Education Roundtable
  • AEA/TEA/MEC Legislative Reception
  • Sunnyside School District Digital Advantage
  • United Way Youth Development Coalition
  • Pima Santa Cruz Tech Prep Consortium
  • Pima Connects
  • U.S. 2010 Census

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

  • 403 students from 12 high schools
  • Pascua Yaqui Reservation
  • 22 teachers
  • 8 businesses
  • Pima Community College
  • Convergys
  • Intuit
  • Hughes
  • AOL
  • US West
  • Wells Fargo
  • Keane, Inc.
  • Microsoft

Career Fair: In conjunction with annual LULAC Youth Leadership Conference has reached over 62,000 students

The Key to Employment for the 21st Century Workshop: Parents, students, and educators attend this annual event which is supported by the City of Tucson, Pima County, the University of Arizona, and Pima Communty College. It has reached over 6,000 students.

Regional College Access Center (RCAC): Facilitates access to success in college and provides support through RCAC website ( and on-site counseling.