East Valley Institute of Technology District #401
The East Valley Institute of Technology is a unique, exciting school district providing career and technical education for adults and high school students across the east valley for more than 20 years.
Created in 1990, Joint Technological Education Districts (JTEDs) act as "cooperatives" for public school districts to cost-effectively deliver specialized vocational, career and technical course offerings for students to attain sufficient skills to enter into occupations that do not typically require a baccalaureate or advanced degree.
EVIT is Arizona's first JTED. It was formed in 1991 and serves students from ten school districts including Apache Junction, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Higley, J.O. Combs, Mesa, Queen Creek, Scottsdale and Tempe. Students are provided the opportunity to satisfy their electives in a career and technical field at the EVIT campus, while completing their academic courses at their home high school.
Legislation in 2011 now allows adult students to attend classes at a JTED at the same time as high school students in all classes except Massage Therapy, if space permits. Adult students over the age of 22 must participate in a background check prior to attending classes with high school students. Evening programs are also available for adults.
JTEDs receive funding through local, state, county and federal monies. The funding formula is similar to that used by traditional school districts. Funding is based on student enrollment and the costs are shared between the state and local funds. A JTED may levy a rate of five cents per $100 of secondary net assessed property valuation to generate the local contribution. Any amount needed to fund the required formula above the amount generated through the local tax is funded through state funds.
JTEDs pass through a portion of the funding received for satellite courses in their member districts. These amounts are established through intergovernmental agreements between the JTED and the member school district.
Tuition is collected for adult students and pupils who are residents of a school district that are not participating members of the JTED.
One student at a time, EVIT is fulfilling its mission of providing productive, technically trained workforce to meet the market-driven needs of business and industry.