We Are EVIT Family: Mother, sons find career success at EVIT
Posted on 12/18/2018
We Are EVIT Family: Mother, sons find career success at EVITAs a parent, Suzanne Wolf saw how valuable EVIT training was in preparing her sons for career success. So when the East Valley Institute of Technology had an opening for a GED Grant Program Coordinator, she jumped at the chance to apply.

Now, through the EVIT Industrial Trades Academy, she is making it possible for adults to complete their secondary education and obtain the same career training her children benefited from when they were in high school.

“I’m one of EVIT’s biggest fans and have been since my oldest son attended classes here,” she said.

We Are EVIT Family: Suzanne & Alex Wolf, mother and son, find success at EVIT 

EVIT is a public school providing over 40 career training programs tuition-free to high school students in the East Valley. Tuition-based programs for adults are also offered.

The GED program and Industrial Trades Academy are offered through Adult Education @ EVIT. The GED preparation class is free for Maricopa and Pinal county residents 16 and older who are not enrolled in school. Through the academy, these students also have the opportunity to enroll in EVIT’s adult career training programs while taking their GED class. Tuition is charged for the career training, but financial aid is available for those who qualify.

“Each student in the GED program has their own unique story and reason why they weren’t able to complete their high school education through traditional means. Many are raising families while working one or more jobs and completing their high school equivalency,” she said. “Seeing these students persist in the program despite the additional demands it places on them is truly inspiring.”

We Are Family: Suzanne and Alex Wolf find career success at EVIT

She was also inspired by how her sons thrived in EVIT’s high school programs.

Wade and Alex Wolf enrolled in EVIT while attending Desert Vista High School in the Tempe Union High School District. EVIT’s Automotive Technologies program gave Alex the skills he needed for his current job as a mechanic at San Tan Ford.

The dealership hired Alex as a lot attendant when he was a junior in his first year of the EVIT Automotive program. The manager knew he wanted to be a mechanic and told Alex that once he finished his EVIT program, graduated from high school and turned 18 that San Tan Ford would move him into the shop. He’s been working as a mechanic for over a year.

We Are EVIT Family: Mother & son find career success at EVIT

“EVIT provided all the necessary education and training I needed to pursue my career goals,” Alex said.

His brother Wade followed a different path by enrolling in the EVIT Fire Science Academy. “Although he has not gone on to a career in firefighting yet, many of the skills he learned in the program transcend many other careers, including construction, which is the area he is currently working in,” his mother said.

Without EVIT, Wolf said her sons would have been taking high school classes that had no benefit or interest to them.

“Not only does EVIT allow students countless course offerings to be taken for high school credit,” she said, “but they are truly given life and career skills that can translate to actual high-paying careers when they graduate from high school.”

EVIT students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate, 2 out of 3 go on to college and 92 percent are in college, jobs or the military within one year of their training. Information: www.evit.com

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We Are EVIT Family: Mother, sons find career success at EVIT

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