State budget provides Young Grads funding for one more year
Posted on 05/10/2016
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Gov. Doug Ducey signed the state budget today, which includes the reauthorization of funding for current high school seniors and Young Graduates at EVIT to finish their career training tuition-free next school year.

Assistant Superintendent David Schapira said that as long as high school graduates are still under the age of 22 next school year and were enrolled Feb. 1 at EVIT’s centralized Main, East or Apache Junction Campuses OR in a satellite program at their home high school – they can finish their program at EVIT’s Main or East campuses without having to pay tuition.

Interested students should contact EVIT’s registration office as soon as possible to reserve their spot for next year.

EVIT is a public Joint Technical Education District (JTED) providing over 40 occupational training programs to high school students and adults who reside in Mesa, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Chandler, Scottsdale, Tempe, Higley, Queen Creek, Fountain Hills and J.O. Combs. Training is tuition-free for high school students. Adults must pay tuition, but financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For the past two years, EVIT has also been funded by the state to provide tuition-free training to high school graduates under the age of 22 – the Young Graduates program. That funding was discontinued early this year, but the new state budget provides funding so that high school seniors and Young Grads who were enrolled as of Feb. 1 can come back to EVIT next school year tuition-free to complete their programs.

EVIT students have a 96 percent high school graduation rate, two out of three go on to college, and 87 percent are in jobs, college or the military within one year of completing their training.

EVIT’s high school programs are accredited by AdvancED/NCA, and the adult programs are accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

EVIT has been recognized as an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation, Best Public School by the East Valley Tribune, and “learning that works” by TIME Magazine.

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EVIT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or sexual orientation in its programs or activities. CTE program offerings include: Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications; Auto & Transportation Services; Construction Technologies; Culinary Arts & Hospitality; Education; Engineering; Health Sciences; Human Services; Information Technology; Manufacturing Trades; and Public Safety. For a full listing of programs, go to The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in EVIT CTE programs. The following employees have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Title IX/Title VII/EEOC Coordinator, EVIT Superintendent, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201 or call (480) 461-4000, or by email at; Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Tony Niccum, STEPS, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201, or call (480) 461-4154 or by email

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