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New EVIT academy provides GED, career training for adults


Adults can train for a career tuition-free while earning their GED through the new EVIT Industrial Trades Academy offered by Adult Education at the East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa.

There are many General Equivalency Diploma programs in the Valley, but at EVIT, GED students will also learn job skills and train for specific careers in health care, culinary arts, manufacturing, transportation and building trades. The EVIT Industrial Trades Academy is funded by state and federal grants, and EVIT works with local workforce development organizations to provide additional funds to cover the costs. Consequently, eligible students do not have to pay tuition for this valuable education and career training.

GED classes will be held in the morning and in the late afternoon, coinciding with career class schedules. Some of the career training options that will be offered include:

  • Nursing Assistant (offered in the morning).
  • Assisted Living Caregiver (offered in the morning).
  • Phlebotomy Technician (offered on Saturday).
  • Culinary Skill Development (offered in the morning).
  • Machine Tool Technologist (offered in the morning).

Students may also qualify for paid apprenticeship programs offered in partnership with the Arizona Builders Alliance.

Adult Education @ EVIT was awarded a $180,000-per-year, three-year grant of federal and state funds to provide the EVIT Industrial Trades Academy. To be considered for admission, students must be a resident of Maricopa or Pinal County, be at least 16 years old, and be available to attend scheduled classes at EVIT’s Dr. A Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St. in Mesa.

GED preparation classes start Monday, Oct. 2, and the career training classes shortly thereafter. Specific class times will be flexible to meet students’ needs. Prior to the start of classes, students must complete an eligibility form and registration. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact program director Kimberly Raub at 480-461-4023 or email kraub@evit.com.

Industrial Trades Academy students who need child care can contact Bright Ideas, which operates a child care center on the Main Campus. Call 480-461-6746 for more information.

Adult Education @ EVIT is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. EVIT’s high school programs are accredited by AdvancED/NCA. For more information about EVIT, visit www.evit.com.

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