April 29, 2014

Media contact: CeCe Todd, (480) 461-4032

More than 1,200 students are expected to complete programs at the East Valley Institute of Technology in May. Their achievements will be celebrated at the 2014 EVIT Completion Ceremony at 7 p.m., May 20 at Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe.

EVIT is a public career and technical school serving students who reside in 10 East Valley school districts – Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Higley, Queen Creek and J.O. Combs. Most of the students participating in the Completion Ceremony wear their caps and gowns from their home high schools. Each receives a certificate that they have met standards to complete their occupational training program at EVIT.

This year’s Completion Ceremony will also include the national anthem sung by an EVIT student, a speech by the EVIT Student of the Year, announcement of awards and scholarship winners, and special recognition of law enforcement instructor Tony Garcia, two-time winner of the “Best High School Teacher” honor in the East Valley Tribune.

EVIT tries to hold the Completion Ceremony in a different location each year to accommodate families from all 10 communities served by the school. Last year’s ceremony at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa drew about 6,000 people.

EVIT offers more than 30 occupational training programs for high school students and adults: 3D Animation, Aesthetics, Automotive, Aviation, Collision Repair, Construction, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and Commercial Baking, Dental Careers, Diesel, Early Childhood Education, Emergency Medical Technician, Fashion, Interiors and Textiles, Fire Science, Human Anatomy and Physiology, HVAC, Information Technology and Engineering Careers, Law Enforcement, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Multimedia, Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapy Technician, Precision Manufacturing, Radio/Audio Production, Veterinary Assistant, Video Productions and Welding. Adults-only classes in Practical Nursing and Surgical Technologist are also offered.

Many of EVIT’s programs prepare students to take exams for professional credentials and licenses. Two out of three EVIT students go on to college.

For more information, visit www.evit.com.

It is the policy of the East Valley Institute of Technology District #401 to provide all persons with equal employment and education opportunities regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, age or disability. District grievance procedures will be followed for compliance with Title IX and Section 504 requirements. The compliance officer is the EVIT Superintendent.

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