May 5, 2014
Media contact: CeCe Todd, (480) 461-4032
You wouldn’t know it by talking with Ally Baker or Sydney Snyder, but
women are a minority in the industries in which they plan to pursue
careers – radio and multimedia.
In May, the two teens will complete their programs at the East Valley
Institute of Technology in Mesa, where their real-life work experiences
have made them confident in themselves and the strong role women can
play in communications fields.
“We’re treated like adults at EVIT. We have so much responsibility,”
said Baker, 17, a senior from Chandler’s Hamilton High School, who can
be heard regularly on EVIT’s radio station, The Pulse at 90.7 and 92.7
Snyder, 17, a senior from Chandler High School, shoots photography
and works with clients who contract with the multimedia program for paid
services. “EVIT gives you a lot of experience and you learn all the
different aspects of multimedia,” she said.
The radio/audio production and multimedia programs, along with the
video production and 3D animation programs, form the core of EVIT’s
communications classes. They are among more than 30 occupational
training programs currently enrolling at EVIT, which offers tuition-free
classes to high school students who reside in Scottsdale, Mesa,
Fountain Hills, Tempe, Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, J.O.
Combs and Queen Creek school districts. Tuition-based programs for
adults are also offered with financial aid available.
As part of its commitment to provide a workforce that meets the
market-driven needs of business and industry, EVIT promotes the
enrollment of non-traditional students. The state of Arizona defines
“non-traditional” as occupational training or fields of work for which
individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of those
employed in the work force.
Under that definition, female students are non-traditional in radio/audio, multimedia, video and 3D animation programs.
Radio instructor Steve Grosz said that most people have grown up with
men dominating media industries. But increasingly, that is changing.
“Females have stepped out of the shadows. There are more
opportunities for them today,” Grosz said, adding that the Federal
Communications Commission has put pressure on radio and all media to
look at non-traditional areas and expand gender and ethnic diversity.
Baker doesn’t think of herself as a non-traditional student, but she
does believe her confidence as a woman in radio has grown due to her
work experience at EVIT.
The communications programs offer students the opportunity to work
directly with the public. Radio students are regularly out in the
community helping with remote broadcasts. Multimedia students are hired
by businesses in need of marketing materials, photography, smartphone
applications, web design and more. Video students contract with clients
to provide scripting, storyboarding, voice-overs, and post-production
Video instructor Enna Post stresses to her students the value of having a strong work ethic.
“You have to be willing to start at the bottom and work your way up.
If someone says, ‘Hold the boom mic’, you hold the boom mic. You have to
understand this is how you move up,” Post said. “Work ethic, being
willing to do anything – that’s what it takes.”
Multimedia teacher Eric Perez said his program lays the foundation
for students to take more advanced classes in college. And, the
multimedia and radio programs, as well as 3D animation, give EVIT
students a jump-start on college by offering dual enrollment college
Two out of three EVIT students go on to college. Snyder plans to
attend Grand Canyon University, and Baker plans to continue her
education at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California.
“Everyone has a gift and my gift is talking,” Baker said. “I want to
use my voice to represent the voice of those too scared to talk.”
To register for the 2014-15 school year, visit www.evit.com
and see your high school counselor. For more information, contact
enrollment director Melissa Valenzuela at (480) 461-4153 or