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For 10 years, Jessica Berger worked as a veterinary technician. In 2012, she took her passion for animal science to the classroom by becoming an instructor at the East Valley Institute of Technology.
“I love the enthusiasm of the students and the fact that I am able to assist them with their goals,” Berger said. “It’s so rewarding.”
Berger is one of over 70 EVIT instructors who have brought their expertise in fields like aviation, health care, photography, culinary arts and more to the classroom where they are training high school students and adults to be the Valley’s future workforce.
EVIT is seeking more instructors from business and industry for a number of openings. The Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa, will host an EVIT Job Fair from 3 to 5 p.m., May 6 for anyone interested in applying to work at EVIT. The fair will take place in the Health Sciences building.
EVIT is a career and technical education (CTE) school serving students who live in 10 East Valley districts – Mesa, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Tempe, Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, Queen Creek and J.O. Combs. Students take their academic courses in their home high schools and then come to EVIT for a half-day of specific career training that leads to professional licenses and certifications and may include dual enrollment college credit.
Unlike teachers at regular high schools, CTE instructors are not required to have an education degree. Industry professionals who want to teach must have 6,000 clock hours of verified work experience in their occupational area, and meet CTE certification requirements. For a complete list of requirements, visit http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/certificate-requirement/career-and-technical-education/ .
“Our teachers not only bring their expertise to the classroom, but also their passion for that career, whether it’s radio broadcasting or medical assisting or welding or any other number of occupations,” said Superintendent Sally Downey.
Chef Armour Black is completing his first year as an instructor in EVIT’s Culinary Arts program. He previously worked for eight years as executive chef at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.
“I learned about EVIT through a friend,” he said. “I was not familiar with it prior to him bringing it up, but once I took a tour I was hooked.”
Black enjoys working with teens in the Culinary Arts program, where students gain practical experience by preparing food for and serving banquets and other events. “You can tell they get a sense of accomplishment when they accomplish something they could not do before,” he said.
Belinda Long has been teaching the Medical Assistant program at EVIT for five years. Prior to EVIT, she worked in an optometrist’s office. She also has experience working as an insurance agent, 911 operator, an assistant to a real estate appraiser, and as a technician for a doctor.
“Of all of these, teaching has been what I love the best,” she said. “If you truly like working with people, there are young people who need us in the classroom ... It is very hard work, but the work is rewarding when you get phone calls from past graduates with their success stories.”
Long’s success stories include a former student who now makes over $20 an hour working for a retinal specialist, another one who was voted Medical Assistant of the Year, and many more who are working all over the Valley.
“These are the reasons that I love what I do,” Long said. “Why not be the person who trains and assists with placement in the workplace?”
Visit http://evit.com/employees/careers for a list of open positions at EVIT and to apply. On-site interviews will be conducted during the EVIT Job Fair. No pre-registration is required.
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