EVITEast Valley Institute of Technology (Arizona)
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Sally Downey, superintendent of the EVIT Joint Technical Education District--a partnership of 10 school districts in the suburbs east of Phoenix--was determined to start a CTE aviation program.
High-quality CTE can be the catalyst for a more entrepreneurial nation, according to EVIT Superintendent Dr.
Postsecondary options, such as the Surgical Technologist program for adults, are growing at EVIT as state budget cuts drive up the cost of a college education and industry demand for skilled workers rises in Arizona.
As a result, EVIT students have a 96 percent high school graduation rate--20 percentage points higher than Arizona's graduation rate--and an 87 percent placement rate.
I still use the skills I learned at EVIT every day.
In the EVIT School of Health Sciences, there is a classroom where students quickly learn to expect the unexpected.
The biggest thing EVIT helped me with was assuring me that my choice to enter the dental field was the right one," she said.
Beaulieu, who engineered a similar, smaller globe project for the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology in 1993, set up his lab at EVIT about six years ago.
EVIT has also found that many former students used their skills to obtain employment to pay for college in fields unrelated to their CTE training.
The idea for an EVIT race car came from collision repair instructor Hollywood Leary.
This practical kind of college prep is the norm at EVIT, where two out of three students go on to college or other postsecondary training.
EVIT has a nearly 85 percent success rate in placing graduates in jobs, college or the military.