EVIT Superintendent's Update - Mar. 2018
Posted on 03/12/2018
March updates from Dr. Downey, EVIT SuperintendentWanted: Skilled workforce
We continue to hear from industry at state and national levels of their dire need for skilled workers. Never has quality career and technical education been more important or more talked about. There are many great, high-paying jobs out there for students who complete CTE programs, especially for students who have a high aptitude for mechanical skills. Every month this school year, EVIT has been profiling students who have been hired by Arizona industries. Our most recent article featured Austin Ramirez, who graduated from Mesa’s Skyline High School and completed the Automotive Technologies program at EVIT’s central Main Campus in 2016. Three industries – automotive, manufacturing and defense – have already benefited from his training and skills. Read Austin’s story:  http://bit.ly/2tnVLGk

Educators from Brazil
This week, 30 school principals from Brazil visited EVIT’s Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus in Mesa. They toured our 65-acre campus, met our instructors and talked with EVIT students to learn more about career and technical education. Every year, the EVIT Main Campus receives thousands of visitors, including many from other states and countries who are interested in replicating the EVIT central campus model. The Brazil educators’ tour was arranged by the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

Welcome, Superintendent Conley!
This week, the governing board for Mesa Public Schools selected Dr. Ember Conley as the district’s new superintendent. Dr. Conley comes to Mesa from Utah, where she is currently superintendent of Park City School District, and has a rich background in career and technical education. We are looking forward to doing wonderful things together for students in Mesa, one of EVIT’s 10 sending school districts. We also wish the best of luck to current Mesa Superintendent Dr. Michael Cowan, who is retiring to lead a Spanish-speaking mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Satellite reviews
EVIT is in the process of reviewing the satellite CTE programs in our sending school districts as required by state law. As we work together to improve retention and completion rates in the EVIT JTED, we appreciate our school districts who are making a strong effort to improve their programs and ensure that these programs, which receive additional state dollars as JTED programs, serve as true career pathways and not just electives with no outcomes.

EVIT surveys
Every year, EVIT surveys students and parents to gauge how we are doing and issues that need to be addressed. This spring, of the 1,108 parents surveyed, 94 percent said they are satisfied with the quality of CTE provided by EVIT’s central campuses, and 96 percent of the 2,674 students surveyed said they would recommend EVIT to their friends. When 94 percent of parents are satisfied and 96 percent of students love your school so much they would urge a friend to enroll – you know you’re doing something right.

EVIT Superintendent Update - Mar. 2018

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