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Ahwatukee Foothills parent Barbara Job describes the East Valley Institute of Technology as a life-changer that has given her son the skills and direction he needs to be successful.
“It’s given him … an idea of what he wants to do with his future in a way that I don’t think he ever would have found in the traditional high school,” Job said of son Kevin, 18, who completed the EVIT Fire Science Academy with a 4.0 GPA and graduated from Mountain Pointe High School last spring.
That sentiment was echoed by parents in April when EVIT was selected as a 2015 A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation. A+ judges said the parents they interviewed “indicated that EVIT profoundly changed their child’s view on school and was the single most powerful motivator for their learning. One parent shared that ‘EVIT saved my child’s life.’”
At two centralized Mesa campuses and Apache Junction High School, EVIT provides tuition-free career training for high school students living in 10 East Valley districts. Students can choose from 40 different programs.
Job said EVIT gave her son “the opportunity to really find the value in himself.” She also liked the fact that “most, if not all, EVIT programs have a path to college,” and that Kevin was able to earn dual enrollment college credits in the Fire Science program while still in high school.
Today, Kevin Job is in the Army and plans to eventually go into firefighting. EVIT, his mother said, gives students “such a focus. Kids get to come and learn something and realize they can be successful.”
In a survey of 734 parents last spring, 95 percent said EVIT provides high quality education that encourages their child to learn, and 98 percent said they would recommend EVIT to other parents and students.
Tony Meadows, whose daughter, Cheyanne, is enrolled in the EVIT Academy of Cosmetic Arts, called EVIT “a great opportunity for kids.” The academy’s Cosmetology program is also a great bargain for families: It’s tuition-free for high school students and graduates under age 22. The same training at a private beauty school can cost over $25,000.
Originally, Meadows enrolled Cheyanne in a charter school where she took college-level classes. But her passion for hair styling was stronger. “Not every kid learns the same way,” her father said. So now, Cheyanne is enrolled in Mesa Public Schools’ distance learning program and thriving at EVIT, where she is training to be a cosmetologist.
Kayli Albertson is training in EVIT’s Emergency Medical Technician program for a health career. Her mother, Kelli Albertson, said EVIT gives students “a great choice for numerous careers and they can come right out of high school with the skills to be successful,” she said. “I feel that EVIT has helped prepare Kayli for a future in health care. EVIT has given her the confidence to care for patients as well as the skills and the knowledge to work as an EMT.”
EVIT students have a 96 percent high school graduation rate, two out of three go on to college, and 87 percent are in college, jobs or the military within one year of completing their EVIT training.
“This school serves such a meaningful purpose that resonates with students and parents profoundly,” A+ award judges said. “EVIT has provided such a powerful environment that students refuse to miss school.”
Enrollment for 2016-17 is under way. Information: www.evit.com.
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