March 12, 2014


Media contact: CeCe Todd, (480) 461-4032

Update: Enrollment for the 2014 Summer Government and Economics programs and paid summer school in the home districts have closed.

For the second year, the East Valley Institute of Technology will provide free summer school to students who enroll to attend EVIT in the fall.

The occupational training programs offered by EVIT, a public career and technical school, are electives for high school students, with most attending EVIT in their junior and senior years. But if they have already taken too many electives, it can be difficult for them to attend EVIT and complete their course requirements for high school graduation.

That’s why EVIT takes the extra step – and expense – of providing free summer school.

“We’re offering free core academic summer classes because the state’s increase of graduation requirements in the last few years has made it harder and harder for students to find the flexibility in their schedules to pursue career-focused courses,” said Assistant Superintendent David Schapira.

EVIT will offer Government and Economics classes taught by certified teachers at the Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus at 1601 W. Main St., Mesa. The classes, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, will be offered in two sessions June 9-26 and July 7-24. Students can enroll in one of the classes or both. All school districts require these courses to graduate, and most students haven’t taken them yet going into their senior year.

Eight of the ten school districts served by EVIT – Apache Junction, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Higley, J.O. Combs, Queen Creek, Scottsdale and Tempe – have agreed to accept the EVIT summer school credits. Four of those districts – Gilbert, Higley, J.O. Combs and Queen Creek – agreed to honor the credits for the first time this year.

EVIT will also cover tuition costs for EVIT students to take courses needed to fulfill graduation requirements (not electives) at their home district’s summer school. This option is available to EVIT students from any of the 10 districts served by EVIT, including Mesa and Chandler.

Summer School applications are available in the Registrar’s Office on the Main Campus or at The applications must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office for either option in addition to any paperwork required by the student’s home district.

EVIT offers more than 30 career training programs such as 3D animation, cosmetology, fire science, culinary arts, several health occupations, automotive, aviation and much more, including a new iTEC program for students interested in engineering and information technology. Enrollment for 2014-15 is under way. For more information, visit or 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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