Superintendent's Update - Apr. 2020

Superintendent's Update - Apr. 2020
Posted on 04/02/2020
April 2020 Edition of the EVIT Superintendent's UpdateUnprecedented times
Who would have imagined we would be finishing the 2019-20 school year like this? We are grateful for the leadership of Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman during these difficult times. At EVIT, this crisis has only served to strengthen our resolve to change lives by loving our students and serving our community.

Donations to health care

Donation to health care

EVIT donated 2,500 masks and 350 isolation gowns to Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low, which was in dire need of supplies. But the donations didn’t stop there. Our staff then gathered 46,600 pairs of gloves from the EVIT School of Health Sciences and from our Cosmetology and Culinary Arts programs. The gloves, along with 400 more masks and about 300 bottles of hand sanitizer, were donated to our health-care partners who work with our health programs.

Doing their part

EVIT students are doing what they can to help out during the Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic too.

EVIT students are doing what they can to help out during the Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic too. Led by instructor Landry Low, the Fashion Design students are sewing masks for health-care workers. And many of our Veterinary Assistant, Medical Assistant and Physical Therapy Assistant students are in the field completing their externships, which is helping animal shelters and health-care facilities to continue serving their patients.

Making technology accessible
Just like other public schools in Arizona, EVIT has shifted its instruction to an online format using Google classrooms. In doing so, we identified over 100 students who do not have computers at home. EVIT devices have since been checked out to those students so they can continue with their program. 

Hands-on training and certifications
Despite the campus shutdown, EVIT remains committed to helping our students earn industry certifications and licenses. For some programs, this will likely mean students have to return to EVIT over the summer for special certification camps so they can complete requirements. EVIT will refund certification testing fees to students who are unable to test.

Bringing out the best in everyone
Best of Mesa 2020 logoIn March, EVIT was voted Best Public School and Best Place to Work in the East Valley Tribune’s annual Best of Mesa contest. Anatomy & Physiology instructor Tammy Powers placed 2nd and Graphic Design instructor Eric Perez placed 3rd in the Best High School Teacher category. Thank you to everyone who voted for EVIT. As happy as we are with these results, we are even more gratified by how the current pandemic crisis has brought out the best in our employees. The campuses are closed, but EVIT staff continue to work every day to change our students’ lives for the better.

April 2020 - EVIT Superintendent's Update