TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Construction, computer networking and robotics are jobs in high demand, and MCAT High School in Marana is hoping to get its students on the payroll in those career fields.
At MCAT, students can make up credits, learn at their own pace and graduate. The classes are more centered around one-on-one interactions.
“I just learn differently,” said Madisun Mastriona, a senior at MCAT.
Students are focused on their future, getting their high school diplomas with help from the teachers, staff and students. For some, school went on the backburner as life and everything with it took focus.
“I have had a lot of personal issues in life that just knocked everything I had going for school out of my view,” said Mastriona.
The school is undergoing construction to make way for more students and career choices.
“They have goals. They have dreams and we want to help them get there,” said Denise Coronado, Principal at MCAT.
The school is renovating former offices to make way for new programs in construction, computer networking and robotics. Students will be able to graduate with certificates in these fields, starting in the 2019-2020 school year. These are needed fields. Arizona added close to 3,000 construction jobs in March—with a more than ten percent growth rate year-to-year.
The programs are expanding to add tenth graders as well. The school will be able to double the amount of students who can attend. The construction of the new facility is mainly being done by current Marana USD employees and costing about $130,000, according to the district. Most costs are funded through the capital bond improvement.
Applications are currently being accepted. For more information, visit the MCAT website.