Cosmetic artists style their own career paths
Posted on 11/09/2015
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 It’s not hard to figure out why the EVIT Academy of Cosmetic Arts often has waiting lists. The academy’s Cosmetology students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate and Aesthetics students have a 100 percent grad rate. Their pass rates are well over 90 percent each year on the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology exams. And best of all, their career training at the East Valley Institute of Technology is tuition-free while they are in high school.

 Some students use their training as the foundation for a career in cosmetology and aesthetics. Others use it to obtain a job out of high school that will help pay their college tuition in a different field. Alumni in these programs have gone on to be lawyers, Hollywood makeup artists, salon stylists, skin care experts and business owners – with their EVIT training starting them on their own unique career path.

 “My future goal after cosmetology school is to go to a university to study business,” said Rachel Van Gorp, 18, a Horizon Community Learning Center senior in the Cosmetology program. “Having a business degree along with my cosmetology license will give me the opportunity to possibly own my own salon or a freelance makeup company.”

 The public can learn more about the EVIT Academy of Cosmetic Arts -- and all EVIT career training programs -- during the free EVIT Gives Back Expo, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 14 at the Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa. The expo will include grand openings for the George Brazil School of Plumbing and the expanded EVIT Academy of Cosmetic Arts.

 Since 2005, enrollment in EVIT’s Cosmetology and Aesthetics programs has more than doubled to 615 students today. Cosmetology is offered at the Main Campus and at the East Campus, 6625 S. Power Road, Mesa. In January, the Main Campus programs will move into a larger, newly renovated building. The approximate $6 million project by Okland Construction and Hunt & Caraway Architects features state-of-the-art design and equipment in a salon environment where the public will be able to receive services.

 EVIT Cosmetology students also have the opportunity to earn 44 college credits toward an associate degree through a new partnership with Eastern Arizona College.

 In the Aesthetics program, 95 percent of students go on to college. In Cosmetology, 68 percent go on to college, while 29 percent go directly into the workforce. Dolce Salon and Spa and Toni&Guy Hair Salons are among numerous Arizona businesses that have hired EVIT Cosmetology students.

 Rylei Shaffer, 18, a Hamilton High School senior in Aesthetics, wants to use her EVIT training to get a job working abroad as a brand representative for a skin care company. The health aspects of aesthetics, as well as the cosmetic, appeal to her.

 “I feel like this field provides well-being for our customers,” she said. “They can feel great and look great.”

 EVIT offers 40 tuition-free career training programs for high school students who live in 10 East Valley school districts and tuition-based programs for adults. More information:

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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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