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American Idol contestant Lovey James, a $25,000 drawing, trolley tours and EVIT’s 40 occupational training programs will be featured during the East Valley Institute of Technology’s annual EVIT Gives Back Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 24 at the Main Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa.
Every year, EVIT Expo attracts thousands of visitors. This year’s event was renamed the “EVIT Gives Back Expo” to highlight a day of services, activities and entertainment that EVIT is giving to the community for free. For example:
- The Information Technology & Engineering Careers (iTEC) program will provide a mobile device clinic with free diagnostics. AZStRUT will also be on-hand to accept old, unwanted electronics as donations to be recycled or repurposed.
- The Fire Science program will teach how to escape a smoke-filled house.
- Students in the Automotive Technologies program will demonstrate how to check your own fluids, brakes, tires and batteries.
- The Massage Therapy program will provide free chair massages, and the Medical Assistant and Nursing Assistant programs will offer free blood pressure checks.
- In partnership with Arizona Animal Welfare League, the Veterinary Assistant program will host a pet adoption event.
- The Cosmetology program will offer mini manicures and the Aesthetics program will demonstrate facial treatments.
Those are just a few examples. Every EVIT program will host tours and activities. For instance, the Aviation program will land a helicopter on campus, demonstrate flying drones, and give guests the opportunity to experience a flight simulator.
In addition, The Great Globe lab will be open so that visitors can learn more about this STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) project that will eventually result in the construction of a 42-story replica of the Earth as an Arizona tourist attraction. Mechanical engineer Bryan Beaulieu will be on-hand to show a model of the project and teach guests how to create their own piece of the globe in a 3D printer.
Bridges Preschool, which operates on campus as a partner to EVIT's Early Childhood Education program, will have a bounce house, crafts and face-painting for kids.
At 10 a.m., EVIT’s new restaurant, Bistro 13, will celebrate its grand opening. The EVIT Gives Back Expo will also be the grand opening for the new recording studios at The Pulse, EVIT’s student-operated radio station.
Another new addition this year: Ollie the Trolley. Two trolleys will give tours of the 65-acre campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
And, throughout the day, the EVIT Foundation, a charity that provides scholarships to EVIT students, will be giving out tickets for a chance to be in a drawing for $25,000. One person’s ticket will be drawn and then that person will select one of 100 envelopes. Even if he or she doesn’t pull the $25,000 ticket, they will still win $250.
Entertainment will be featured on the Thorobred Chevrolet Stage, including Kajukembo AZ, DJ mixing, performances by EVIT Radio/Audio Production students, the crowning of Mr. and Miss EVIT (students who have raised the most money for Mesa United Way), the EVIT Foundation $25,000 drawing, and an appearance by American Idol’s Lovey James to close the day.
EVIT is a career and technical school with two centralized Mesa campuses providing occupational training tuition-free to high school students who live in Scottsdale, Mesa, Fountain Hills, Tempe, Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, Queen Creek and J.O. Combs districts. Tuition-based programs for adults are also offered, with financial aid available to those who qualify.
EVIT students have a 95 percent high school graduation rate, and two out of three go on to college.
EVIT programs include: 3D Animation; Aesthetics; Automotive Technologies; Collision Repair; Commercial Baking & Pastry Arts; Computer Programming & Mobile App Design; Construction; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts; Dental Careers; Diesel Technologies; Digital Device Diagnostic & Repair; Early Childhood Education; Education Professions; Emergency Medical Technician; Fashion, Interiors & Textiles; Fire Science; Future Engineers; Graphic Design; Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning; Human Anatomy & Physiology for Medical Careers; Introduction to Information Technology & Engineering Careers; Introduction to Multimedia Technologies; Law Enforcement; Massage Therapy; Medical Assistant; Nursing Assistant; Pharmacy Technician; Photography; Physical Therapy Technician; Precision Machining Technology; Radio/Audio Production; Robotics Engineering; Veterinary Assistant; Video Production; Web Design; and Welding. Three additional programs are offered exclusively to adults: Practical Nursing, Surgical Technologist and Sterile Processing Technician.
For more information, visit www.evit.com.