GED program & industrial trades academy 

Adult Education at EVIT is excited about the GED attainment program we are offering! This program will benefit students in multiple ways, helping them earn a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) while learning job skills at the same time!  

We are grant-funded, and work with local workforce organizations that may provide students with additional funds to cover educational costs. The education and training is tuition-free for eligible students!


What is the content of the course? 

During the first week of class, computerized assessment tests in math, reading and language will be given. These tests help the instructor know in which areas a student will need to work in order pass the GED test.

Our main focus is on helping develop the language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies skills needed for the GED test itself; however, the course also includes components related to college and career readiness, including career exploration and study skills.


Can I take Career/Technology Courses at EVIT while I work on my GED?

Absolutely! Most of the career classes offered at EVIT begin in August but ask the GED Program Director for any other options.  While there is a cost associated with classes, we will try to help find funding to defray or eliminate the costs, so you can continue to move forward.

*Note: If you are 22 years old or older, and enrolled in a “High School Blended” career program you must obtain a DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card to attend classes, per Arizona House bill 2646, Section 15-782.02, Subparagraph A.  The application can be found at


How long will it take before a student is ready to take the GED test? 

This depends on a number of factors, such as a person’s existing skill level in the areas of math, language arts, social studies and science, and how regularly that student attends class.  Essentially, a big part of how quickly you finish is dependent on how much effort you put in; it is very important that time is spent studying independently outside of the classroom.  EVIT’s GED students are given access to an online learning program in which they are expected to spend 3 hours per week completing assignments. Students will learn how to use it during class and will be expected to continue logging in and completing assignments as homework between class meetings. While there are about 54 hours of face-to-face classroom instruction during a 9-week session, students are expected to spend an additional 3 hours or more per week on other lessons the instructor assigns.


How much does it cost?

The GED/HSE preparation class at EVIT is cost FREE, as EVIT is the recipient of a grant through the Arizona Department of Education and the Federal Government.  The grant provides for GED education and Career Readiness training.


What are the requirements?

Applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years of age and not enrolled in school to register for class (and to take the GED test).
  • be a resident of Maricopa or Pinal County.
  • Be available to attend in person classes at the Dr. A. Keith Crandell Main Campus at 1601 West Main St. in Mesa.


How do I registering for class?

To register for the class, students will need a valid government identification with their photo and date of birth.  Registration forms may be completed at the EVIT campus on West Main St. in Mesa.


Getting to EVIT

The EVIT Main Campus is located just one block from the Metro light rail and commuter bus stop at Sycamore Station.  Those who chose to drive will be issued a parking pass for on-campus parking.


The GED Test

The website provides more information about the content of the test as well as enables students to set up a MyGED account. A MyGED account is required to take the GED test because scheduling the test as well as paying for it is done online at that website.  There are five subjects tested: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, Social Studies, and Civics. The test currently costs $149 or $35 each for RLA, SS, SCI, MAT. The Civics test is $9.


ARIZONA@Work is a federally funded Department of Labor program that works to help job seekers find high-quality employment, train a skilled workforce, and strengthen the economy.

The Youth and Young Adult Program’s mission is to help people between the ages of 16 and 24 overcome obstacles that prevent them from receiving an education and finding a great career. This program will help equip you with the tools you need to complete an educational program and find gainful employment. Each Youth Program participant is partnered with a Career Planner who will work to create a customized plan for academic and employment success – all at no cost!

They can provide the following services for qualifying students between the ages of 16 and 24:

  • Assistance obtaining a vocational certification or GED
  • Individualized career planning
  • Work readiness training and resume assistance
  • Money management training
  • Paid work experience in your field of study
  • Support services to lessen the financial burden of attending school
  • Assistance with interview clothing and work related needs


For Questions and Information, or to register for classes, please call the Program Director for the GED program at 480-461-4023.


 EVIT Industrial Trades Academy and GED Program


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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