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Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:30 am

The East Valley Institute of Technology is still accepting enrollment for the 2014-15 school year in most classes, including the new Future Engineers program at the East Campus.

EVIT, a public career and technical education school, offers a wide range of occupational training including aviation, automotive, early childhood education, cosmetology, numerous health care programs, and much more.

EVIT programs are tuition-free to district, charter and home-school students who reside in 10 East Valley school districts — Mesa, Gilbert, Higley, Chandler, Tempe, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, J.O. Combs, Fountain Hills and Scottsdale. Tuition-based programs for adults are also offered with financial aid available.

Classes are offered at two centralized Mesa campuses — the Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St., and the East Campus, 6625 S. Power Road — and Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive.

EVIT’s newest program, Future Engineers, was developed by a retired Intel engineer to prepare high school students for success in a two- or four-year college engineering program. Superintendent Sally Downey said no other Arizona high school offers Future Engineers, which is based on a state-of-the-art curriculum developed by Southern Methodist University in Texas. Students will explore thermodynamics, robotics, electricity, chemistry, solar power, biomechanics, environmental engineering and much more.

Up to 50 percent of the course time will be dedicated to hands-on engineering projects and experiments at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus with the opportunity to earn college credit. Downey said the program aims to encourage more students to become engineering majors at ASU, and then go on to Intel to work as engineers.

Future Engineers is for high school students who are strong in math or science, who have completed Algebra II, and who want to follow engineering as a career path. For more information or to sign up, call Terri Pearson at (480) 308-4642.

A number of other EVIT programs are also still enrolling for 2014-15, including the Culinary Arts program, which is opening a new restaurant, Bistro 13, next to the Main Campus. EVIT’s Culinary Arts program is the top-performing high school culinary arts program in Arizona, according to the most recent state assessments. Dual-enrollment college credit is available.

There are also openings in EVIT’s media arts programs — Multimedia, Video and Radio/Audio Production. Multimedia students learn digital photography, graphic design and web design, and in the advanced class, they have the opportunity to work with clients who contract with the program for professional services. Video students learn all aspects of visual media production and also work with clients while producing projects in one of the largest training studios in Arizona. Radio students gain real-world experience on The Pulse, EVIT’s radio station broadcasting at 90.7 FM and 92.7 FM, and work in digital audio workstations that are standard in recording studios. Dual-enrollment college credit is available in all three programs.

EVIT’s Fashion, Interiors and Textiles (FIT) program is also continuing to accept students. FIT students not only learn about fashion and interior design in the classroom, but also through an annual trip to New York City and by designing and sewing collections for the annual EVIT Fashion Show. FIT students often go on to prestigious design schools like the Pratt Institute in New York. Dual-enrollment college credit is available.

Students who want to go into a career right after high school should consider EVIT’s Collision Repair, Construction or Precision Manufacturing programs. All three programs prepare students for professional certifications.

And students can also still enroll in Human Anatomy & Physiology in the EVIT School of Health Sciences. This program, which is accepted as a science credit by East Valley high schools, is often taken by health students in their first year at EVIT; then, in their second year, they choose a specialized program such as Dental Careers.

EVIT students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate. Two out of three go on to college, and about one-third enter the workforce after completing EVIT programs.

For more information about enrolling, call (480) 461-4000 or visit www.evit.com.

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