New EVIT academy provides GED, career training for adults
Posted on 09/20/2017
Adults can train for career tuition-FREE while earning their GED through the EVIT Industrial Trades Academy offered by Adult Education at EVIT.

Media contact: CeCe Todd, (480) 461-4032


Adults can train for a career tuition-FREE while earning their GED through the new EVIT Industrial Trades Academy offered by Adult Education at the East Valley Institute of Technology.


There are many General Equivalency Diploma programs in the Valley, but at EVIT, GED students will also learn job skills and train for specific careers in health care, culinary arts, manufacturing, transportation and building trades. The EVIT Industrial Trades Academy is funded by state and federal grants, and EVIT works with local workforce development organizations to provide additional funds to cover the costs. Consequently, eligible students do not have to pay tuition for this valuable education and career training.


GED classes will be held in the morning and in the late afternoon, coinciding with career class schedules. Some of the career training options that will be offered include:


  • Nursing Assistant (offered in the morning)
  • Assisted Living Caregiver (offered in the morning)
  • Phlebotomy Technician (offered on Saturday)
  • Culinary Skill Development (offered in the morning)
  • Machine Tool Technologist (offered in the morning)


Students may also qualify for paid apprenticeship programs offered in partnership with the Arizona Builders Alliance.


Adult Education @ EVIT was awarded a $180,000-per-year, 3-year grant of federal and state funds to provide the EVIT Industrial Trades Academy. To be considered for admission, students must be a resident of Maricopa or Pinal County, be at least 16 years old, and be available to attend scheduled classes at EVIT’s Dr. A Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa.


GED preparation classes start Monday, Oct. 2, and the career training classes shortly thereafter. Specific class times will be flexible to meet students’ needs. Prior to the start of classes, students must complete an eligibility form and registration. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact program director Kimberly Raub at (480) 461-4023 or email


The EVIT Main Campus is conveniently located just one block from the Metro light rail and commuter bus stop at Sycamore Station.


Industrial Trades Academy students who need child care can contact Bright Ideas, which operates a child care center on the Main Campus. Call (480) 461-6746 for more information.


Adult Education @ EVIT is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. EVIT’s high school programs are accredited by AdvancED/NCA. For more information about EVIT, visit

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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