What is a non-traditional student?

The state of Arizona defines non-traditional as occupational training or fields of work for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the individuals employed in the work force.

EVIT's definition of a non-traditional (or "non-trad") is a student who has accepted the challenge, with courage and commitment, to enroll in a program that is not considered traditional for his/her gender.

Why are non-traditional students valued and important?

  1. Employers will give first consideration to non-trad applicants in regards to interviewing and employment opportunities. Employers need and want EVIT non-trad program completers!
  2. Non-traditional students create employment opportunities for future generations by breaking stereotypes and closing the gender gap in the workforce.
  4. Just one non-trad alone can change the lives of many students who are afraid to follow the career of their dreams.

Male students are considered non-traditional and needed for the following EVIT programs:

  • Cosmetology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • All Health Programs
  • Massage Therapy

Female students are considered non-traditional and needed for the following EVIT programs:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Aviation Flight & Systems Training
  • Collision Repair Technology
  • Construction Technologies
  • Culinary Arts
  • Diesel
  • Electronics
  • Fire Science
  • HVAC
  • Law Enforcement
  • Precision Manufacturing Technology
  • Radio Broadcasting
  • Robotics
  • Video Productions
  • Welding

If you are a high school student looking to explore your options in a non-traditional career and would like a free career assessment and advisement session, please call 480-461-4000.


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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