How would you like to get paid to go to school? Through new apprenticeship programs offered by Adult Education at EVIT, adult students take classes at the East Valley Institute of Technology while gaining valuable on-the-job training – and a paycheck – at Valley businesses.
In partnership with the Arizona Builders Alliance, EVIT is currently offering paid apprenticeship programs in Welding, Surveyor Assistant, and Electrical at the Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa. Apprenticeships in Heavy Equipment/ Diesel, Plumbing and HVACR also are being offered.
Kimberle Hill of Mesa is enrolled in the Electrical program – and loves it. At 51, she decided she needed a change after being repeatedly laid off from sales jobs. “I thought maybe it’s time I learned a trade,” she said.
Through her apprenticeship with Gaylor Electric in Tempe, Hill discovered not only that she could learn to be an electrician, but also that she likes working with her hands far more than any of the desk jobs she’s been working. Hill takes electrical classes at EVIT two nights a week while continuing to work at her apprenticeship.
“I was green as they come, but I really am enjoying this,” she said.
Recently, the Arizona Builders Alliance and EVIT hosted a Contractors’ Night and Open House for instructors, staff, students and Valley contractors.
“We couldn’t have done any of this without the partnership with EVIT,” said Fred Ingersoll, director of learning and development for the Arizona Builders Alliance. “It’s turned out to be a really good marriage that’s going to put a lot of people to work.”
Currently, there are 215 adults enrolled in the apprenticeships through Adult Education at EVIT and more paid apprenticeships in other fields are in development.
According to a U.S. Department of Labor press release, 91 percent of apprentices remain employed after completing their programs, with average annual starting wages above $50,000. “The return on investment for employers is substantial, as studies indicate that for every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers receive an average $1.47 return in increased productivity, reduced waste and greater front-line innovation,” the department said.
EVIT is a public career and technical education school in Mesa offering over 40 advanced career training programs for East Valley high school students and adults. High school programs are tuition-free and accredited by AdvancED. Adults pay tuition, with financial aid available for those who qualify. Adult Education at EVIT is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.
ABA is an alliance of the Arizona Chapters of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) and the Associated General Contractors of America – Building Chapter (AGC). ABA represents over 280 member companies. For more information about ABA, visit www.azbuilders.org.
For more information about the apprenticeship programs, contact the admissions office for Adult Education at EVIT at (480) 461-4013. For more information about Adult Education at EVIT, visit www.evit.com/programs/adult_programs