Graduation requirements and rising college tuition mean Arizona students need to plan high school schedules carefully and careers early to ensure they are on the right path to avoid a costly switch later. The East Valley Institute of Technology can help by giving students the opportunity to try out a class for free at EVIT Boot Camp.
For one day – from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25 – high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors can take an EVIT class such as fashion design or culinary or welding to experience what that class is like.
“Oftentimes, at their high school or college, students have to enroll in the class – and then decide if they like it,” said Gregory Copeland, principal of EVIT’s Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus. “Only here at EVIT will you be able to get a taste of that class and a potential career before signing up for it.”
EVIT Boot Camp is open to district, charter and home-schooled high school students who reside in 10 East Valley districts – Mesa, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, Queen Creek and J.O. Combs.
The following EVIT programs will offer classes during Boot Camp: 3D Animation; Automotive Technologies; Collision Repair; Construction; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts & Commercial Baking; Diesel/Heavy Equipment; Early Childhood Education; Fashion, Interiors & Textiles; Fire Science; Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC); Information Technology & Engineering Careers (iTEC); Law Enforcement; Multimedia Technologies; Precision Machining Technology; Radio/Audio Production; Video Production; Welding; and the EVIT School of Health Sciences (includes Dental Careers, Emergency Medical Technician; Human Anatomy & Physiology for Medical Careers, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Physical Therapy Technician).
Director of Enrollment Melissa Valenzuela said parents are also welcome to attend EVIT Boot Camp. Tour guides will be available to show parents around campus, and parents can also observe the class their son or daughter takes that day.
Students who are interested in Cosmetology – EVIT’s single largest program that often has waiting lists – have an additional incentive to attend: They will be able to pick up their cosmetology application packets at boot camp. The packets won’t be delivered to the schools until November, Valenzuela said.
Each program has activities planned for boot camp that are typical of a day in that class. For example, Welding instructors plan to review shop and welding safety, and then give some training in the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process.
Health programs will be handled a little differently than the others. Health Director Andrea Diedrich said students interested in health care will meet in the auditorium for an overview of the EVIT School of Health Sciences and then go on a tour of each career specialty. Over 1,000 students are currently enrolled in EVIT health programs, including Human Anatomy & Physiology for Medical Careers, which is accepted by East Valley high schools as a science credit.
EVIT is accredited by AdvancED and offers over 30 occupational training programs leading to professional credentials, internships and jobs, college and other post-secondary training. Dual enrollment college credit is available in 12 programs – 3D Animation; Early Childhood Education; Fashion, Interiors & Textiles; Fire Science; Information Technology & Engineering Careers (iTEC); Multimedia Technologies; Radio/Audio Production; Video Production; Culinary Arts & Commercial Baking; Automotive Technologies; Aviation; and Law Enforcement.
EVIT students have a 95 percent high school graduation rate, and two out of three go on to college.
“If you come to EVIT, you are more likely to graduate from high school and you are more likely to go to college,” Copeland said. “It’s the gateway to success.”
Register for boot camp HERE.