Two valley schools earn accreditation

Madera County Independent Academy (MCIA) was recently recognized by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) with a six-year accreditation – the highest accreditation possible.

MCIA’S high marks follow Pioneer Technical Centers, which also received a six-year accreditation in 2012 with a mid-cycle visit just completed this year.

The WASC accreditation process is a voluntary review conducted by a committee of professional educators that aids education institutions in developing and sustaining effective programs, and assures the community that an accredited institution has met internationally recognized standards of quality and effectiveness.

“The WASC visiting committee was impressed with the high expectations we have established for student achievement, our personalized approach to teaching and learning, and the level of collaboration MCIA has with all stakeholders,” said Executive Director of Career and Alternative Education for Madera County Office of Education Steve Carney.

“We are so grateful to our students, parents, staff, district leadership, and community partners for coming together through this process to show the visiting committee what being a Cheetah is all about,” Carney said.

Madera County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cecilia A. Massetti, was also very pleased with the recent WASC reviews.

“This is such clear validation of the hard work our school staff is engaged in to ensure that all of our graduates are well prepared for both college and career,” Massertti said.

- Madera County Office of Education