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Students, parents at Mesa's EVIT give it high marks

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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 2:57 pm | Updated: 12:12 am, Sun Jul 7, 2013.

Students and parents gave the East Valley Institute of Technology a big thumbs-up in a recent annual survey.

Of 2,381 students surveyed by EVIT, 95.6 percent said they are satisfied with the education they are receiving at the career and technical high school and adult education center located on two campuses in Mesa. Of 441 parents who returned surveys, 97.5 percent said they are satisfied with their child’s education at EVIT.

Superintendent Sally Downey was pleased, but not surprised, by the results. Downey often gives tours of the Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus at 1601 W. Main St., and will ask students at random to tell visitors about their EVIT experience.

“The students love coming to EVIT,” Downey said, adding that the survey results back up what she already knew. “There is how you think you’re doing, how others think you’re doing and how you’re actually doing. It’s great when the three are in sync.”

EVIT provides about 40 occupational programs tuition-free to high school students and tuition-based to adults at the Main campus in west Mesa and the East Campus at 6625 S. Power Road. EVIT serves charter school students, home-schooled students, and students in 10 public school districts – Mesa, Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, Higley, Apache Junction, J.O. Combs, Queen Creek and Fountain Hills.

According to an EVIT report compiled in June, more than 98 percent of EVIT students graduate from high school and complete their career and technical education programs, and more than 95 percent pass technical skill assessments. More than 88 percent are placed in post-secondary training, jobs or the military after completing EVIT programs. And, two out of three EVIT students go on to college.

More than 3,000 students attend classes at EVIT’s centralized campuses. EVIT also funds satellite programs in district high schools.

Enrollment is continuing for the 2013-14 school year. Call (480) 461-4000 or visit for more information.

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