EVIT Superintendent's Update - May 2018
Posted on 05/07/2018
EVIT Superintendent's Update - May 2018
A significant investment
Thank you, Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona legislators, for passing a budget that makes a significant investment in public education, including a major boost in teachers’ salaries, full funding for EVIT and Arizona’s other large JTEDs, and continued funding for JTED Completion Grants. This is a positive step in the right direction toward ensuring every Arizona child has a quality teacher and access to quality career and technical education.

Arizona’s future workforce
We are excited about this year’s EVIT Completion Ceremony, which will be 7 p.m. May 21 at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Class of 2018 has a record number of program completers: over 1,600. To be a program completer at the EVIT central campuses is a huge achievement. In most cases, these students attended EVIT for 2 ½ to 4 hours of training every school day for two years and all of them completed the entire course sequence for their program. They’ve earned industry certifications and scholarships, and many of them have already been hired or offered employment. We could not be prouder of our Class of 2018!

Automotive excellence
Congratulations to EVIT Automotive Technologies students Loegan Lashier and Armando Casas and their teacher, Cody Metcalf, for winning the Arizona High School Auto Challenge. This annual event is sponsored by the Maricopa County Community College District and includes a qualifying exam and 90-minute hands-on event in which the students fix a vehicle while exhibiting quality workmanship. Loegan is a home-schooled student from San Tan Valley, and Armando is a senior at Arcadia High School in the Scottsdale district. They each received a $1,000 college scholarship.

National Teacher Appreciation Week
EVIT central campuses are fortunate to have teachers who go the extra mile. Our teachers are hired out of industry to train future welders, health care technicians, mechanics, broadcasters, chefs and much more. Most come to EVIT with a wealth of knowledge and skills and a strong desire to pass that on to the next generation. But many of them have never been a teacher. They push themselves to learn and grow so they can ensure that their students do too. And it shows in the record number of program completers we have this year. EVIT teachers, we appreciate you this week – and every day of the year.

Showcasing industry
This school year, Arizona businesses that hire EVIT students have been featured every month in our “We Hire EVIT” series in the Arizona Republic. Read them all at http://evit.com/news/what_s_new/.  Our industry partnerships were also featured in the April issue of Techniques magazine – “Industry as Teacher: Internships, Business Advisors put the Real World in CTE.” Read it here: https://bit.ly/2wl252X. Thank you, industry, for all you do to support EVIT!

May Superintendent's Update

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 evit.com/programs. 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 superintendent@evit.com; Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Tony Niccum, STEPS, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201, or call (480) 461-4154 or by email tniccum@evit.com

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