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By ALICIA CANALES
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.
These school districts offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, which will help provide workers for jobs that are projected to grow by 2020, according to a study by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. Construction jobs, for example, are expected to increase by 30 percent.