Upper Iowa University relocates Mesa campus to EVIT
Posted on 06/29/2015
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Upper Iowa University has relocated its education center in Mesa to the campus of East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT). Students officially began classes at the new location on Monday, June 29.

A nationally accredited career and technical education school, EVIT offers 40 occupational training programs to high school students and adults who live in 10 East Valley school districts. High school programs are tuition-free; adult programs are tuition-based, with financial aid available to those who qualify. Two out of three EVIT students go on to higher education with many of them using their EVIT training to secure employment to help pay their college tuition.

“In our continuing effort to meet the needs of all Mesa-area residents, Upper Iowa University is very pleased to be located on the EVIT campus,” said Dr. Kurt Wood, UIU provost and executive vice president. “The EVIT location, including easy access to mass transit and free parking, provides outstanding benefits to all students and further strengthens our commitment to meet Mesa’s higher education initiatives.”

"We are equally pleased to partner with Upper Iowa University. This partnership will benefit both of our institutions, but most importantly, it will benefit EVIT students by giving them another option for higher education," added EVIT Superintendent Dr. Sally Downey. "Our students, especially our health students, will be able to take a year of training through EVIT and then a year of education through Upper Iowa University to obtain an associate degree. This type of partnership is prevalent in other states and long overdue in Arizona."

In addition to a RN-to-BSN nursing program, the UIU-Mesa Center offers programs in accounting; business administration; criminal justice; human services; human resources management; psychology; public administration (general, law enforcement or fire science emphasis areas); and social science. UIU students also have access to the university’s extensive online offerings in certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and masters. Face-to-face classes at UIU-Mesa can be combined with online courses to complete a UIU degree.

UIU-Mesa now occupies Building 15 on the EVIT main campus at 1601 W. Main Street, Mesa. Previously, UIU-Mesa operated out of the Fiesta District at 1361 S. Alma School Road. UIU-Mesa is part of the city's Higher Education Initiative, which brought satellite campuses of several colleges and universities to the Arizona community in 2012.

Meanwhile, UIU has a primary residential campus in Fayette, Iowa, and offers evening classes at 25 education centers across the United States. The University has a unique academic calendar that offers classes in six eight-week terms year-round with rolling admissions. UIU can help students to access financial aid for which they are eligible, and some UIU scholarships will be offered to assist at-risk Mesa students. Tuition discounts of 10 percent are available for students pursuing majors in nursing, criminal justice and public administration.

Additional information is available at www.uiu.edu. The Mesa Center can be contacted at 480-461-6790 or mcneeleyc@uiu.edu.

About Upper Iowa University
Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 5,800 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus, 25 U.S. education locations, as well as locations in Malaysia and Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree programs. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.

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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