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EVIT in the News

NOTE: This a sampling of national, state and local media coverage of the East Valley Institute of Technology. It is not a record of every time EVIT has been featured in the news.


“Workplace trends in HVAC/R” – Techniques Magazine, March 2013:

“From expert to rookie: Hollywood’s crash course in teaching collision repair” – Techniques Magazine, April 2013 :

“A non-traditional path: Arizona school, students break through CTE stigmas, gender barriers” – Techniques Magazine, May 2013:

“The farm team: Industry works with Arizona school to develop workforce” – Techniques Magazine, January 2014:

“A practical path to prosperity: Can-do skills, credentials earned at Arizona school take students anywhere” – Techniques Magazine, April 2014:

“Arizona CTE school rallies around a race car” – Techniques Magazine, May 2014:

“Five years after CTE: Diverse passions, path for Arizona school’s class of 2010” – Techniques Magazine, February 2015:

“The great globe project” – Techniques Magazine, March 2015:

“CTE makes achieving dreams possible” – Techniques Magazine, February 2016:

“Industry support helps EVIT CTE programs” – Techniques Magazine, March 2016:

“The adult route to success: Arizona school offers range of postsecondary pathways” – Techniques Magazine, April 2016:

“The art of counseling: Convincing students and parents that CTE is career and college prep” – Techniques Magazine, January 2017:

“Beyond technical skills: Learning to be leader” – Techniques Magazine, April 2017:

“The ‘I can’ spirit: Producing skilled entrepreneurs in Arizona” – Techniques Magazine, May 2017:

“In Arizona’s desert, partnerships make CTE aviation training soar” – Techniques Magazine, January 2018:

“Industry as teacher: Internships, business advisors put the real world in CTE” – Techniques Magazine, April 2018:

Dr. Wilson interviewed from EVIT Expo on the Rosie on the House Show:

EVIT was featured in a story by the Hechinger Report that was published in The Washington Post and several other newspapers across the nation:

National kickoff video on YouTube featuring EVIT and narrated by Commercial Baking student Vanessa Ruiz (viewed over 44,000 times on YouTube!):

National School Choice Week press release published by media all over the nation:


“Former EVIT Superintendent passes away” – AZEdNews, January 2016:

“We Are EVIT: Ally Baker” – AZEdNews, January 2016:

“We Are EVIT: Gabriel Garfio” – AZEdNews, January 2016:

“We Are EVIT: Megan Farris” – AZEdNews, January 2016:

“We Are EVIT: Terah Thielen” – AZEdNews, February 2016:

“New programs, paid apprenticeships and expansion plans at EVIT” – AZEdNews, August 2016:

“Trained, credentialed, placed: How to know if a CTE program works” – AZEdNews, October 2018:

“Family finds career success at EVIT” – AZEdNews, February 2020:

“COVID-19 crisis shows how vital CTE and trades are to Arizona’s workforce” – Arizona Capitol Times, May 2020:

“Zach Larson keeps broadcasting high school games in the times of COVID” –, December 2020:

“Resilient EVIT is committed to in-person learning” – Arizona Capitol Times, January 2021:

Culinary bake sale:

Paula Corbin, Best High School Teacher:

Enrollment under way at EVIT:

Bill allows CTEDs to offer associate degrees.

Profile of Criminal Justice student Shantel Ortiz:


“Diesel mechanic’s trade seeing higher demand Valleywide” – East Valley Tribune, February 2013:

“EVIT buys former Fazoli’s to refurbish, use for culinary program” – Phoenix Business Journal, August 2013:

“East Valley Institute of Technology bakes for the holidays” – Arizona Republic, November 2014:

“East Valley third-graders to embark on Great Globe Project” – East Valley Tribune, April 2015:

“On the Pulse” – EVIT’s radio station growing fast” – East Valley Tribune, August 2015:

“EVIT teacher Baker cares more about impact than awards” – East Valley Tribune, October 2015:

“Apache Junction construction technologies students build job-training expertise” – Daily Independent, November 2019:,111620

“EVIT donates personal protective equipment to medical facility” – Daily Independent, March 2020:,149005?

“Battle of the Boxes announces ‘Best Overall’” – AZ Big Media, May 2020:

“Featured school: East Valley Institute of Technology” – Education NewsFeed (aired on AZ Family Channel 3 and KPHO Channel 5), June 2020:

“Dr. Wilson: Why EVIT will open for in-person classes on Aug. 17” -- KTAR Radio, The Mike Broomhead Show, August 2020:

“EVIT to reopen for in-person learning” – ABC15, August 2020:

“EVIT transitions to in-person learning” – ABC15, August 2020:

“EVIT students return to classrooms” – East Valley Tribune, August 2020:

“Arizona schools open for on-site learning” – Arizona Republic, August 2020:

“Data on COVID-19’s impact on schools” – Cronkite News, October 2020:

“Teachers get Fiesta Bowl grants” – East Valley Tribune, November 2020:

“Spotlight on the East Valley Institute of Technology” -- Phoenix East Valley Partnership Onward & Upward newsletter, November 2020:

“How EVIT/CTE teachers have adjusted to pandemic” – Arizona Republic, November 2020:

“Dr. Wilson: How EVIT was able to remain open during the pandemic” – KTAR Radio, The Mike Broomhead, December 2020:

“EVIT board updated on Power Campus expansion” – Scottsdale Independent, February 2021:,214859

“EVIT board cuts program fees in half” – Queen Creek Independent, March 2021:,218398?

“EVIT wins Best of Mesa Public School, High School Teacher, Place to Work, Education Leader” -- East Valley Tribune, March 2021:

“Interior Design students help Mesa school” – Daily Independent, March 2021:,218387

“Interview with EVIT recruiter Blair Howland” – East Valley Moms Blog, March 2021:

“EVIT’s fashion students show off their creations” – East Valley Tribune, May 2021:

“EVIT Aviation program” – Education NewsFeed (aired on AZ Family Channel 3 and ABC15), June 2021:

“Meet your neighbor: Jennifer Schwartz, veterinary technician instructor at EVIT” – Queen Creek Independent, July 2021:,246383

“How the ASU Polytechnic campus’ partnerships lift all boats” – ASU News, July 2021:

“Stand-out EVIT students awarded tool boxes” – East Valley Tribune, August 2021, Page 4:

“Fiesta Bowl exec to head EVIT Foundation” – East Valley Tribune, August 2021, Page 4:

“At EVIT, our mission is changing lives” – East Valley Tribune, August 2021, Page 25:

“EVIT student wins scholarship” – SanTan Sun News, August 2021:

“Find the right career with East Valley Institute of Technology” – AZTV7, August 2021:

Dr. Wilson column:

EVIT expands programs to Power campus:

Family fun night:

Power hair show:

EVIT 30th anniversary:

Culinary bake sale:

Steve Bernasek national award:

Live remote from the Culinary Thanksgiving Bake Sale:

Preview of the Power Campus Fantasy Hair Show:

Featured Early Childhood Education instructor Paula Corbin for winning Best High School Teacher in the Best of the Best competition:

Congrats to our Radio/Audio Production teachers and students not only for winning Best High School Radio Station in the nation and three other national awards -- but also for doing a great job highlighting 88.7FM The Pulse and the radio program this morning on FOX10. Check it out: In case you missed it, in September FOX10 also visited our Culinary and Commercial Baking & Pastry Arts programs -- -- and our Welding program -- On Sunday, the East Valley Tribune published a story in their print paper and online about our foster youth students learning cooking skills from the chefs in Culinary Arts:

The Mesa Independent published a story about Diesel Technologies teacher Steve Bernasek being named national Automotive Instructor of the Year. The story is on the Mesa Independent website and will also be in the Mesa and Apache Junction Independent printed newspapers that are mailed to subscribers:,264026

All of the Independent newspapers -- Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Apache Junction, Mesa and Daily Independent -- published a story about this year being EVIT's 30th anniversary of changing lives. The story is also in their printed and mailed newspapers:,264042

Mesa donates truck to EVIT Fire Science program --,257784

9/11: ‘I knew I would know people there’ --

Construction trades learned at EVIT program taught in Apache Junction --,255875?fbclid=IwAR0tvUBASQr0MqyXjZP-CS8zTZsh2UNG1L8OV5ccUd-jDMoX7QQYFrMvO5A

Board meeting coverage:,279996

EVIT sells radio station:,276861

EVIT Expo preview:,282450?

EVIT Expo preview:

Dr. Wilson column on EVIT being a school of choice:

Dr. Wilson interviewed about associate degree legislation:

Danny Fisher interviewed about EVIT Expo and Main Campus programs:

Dr. Wilson’s column on legislation that would allow EVIT and other CTEDs to offer associate degrees:

John Corsaro interviewed about the new aviation building at Power Campus:

Ronda Doolen interviewed about adult programs at EVIT:

FOX10 broadcast live from new aviation building at Power Campus on Feb. 11

FOX10 coverage of the East Valley Automotive Skills Challenge at EVIT:

EVIT featured in “Best Public School,” “Best Education Leader,” “Best High School Teacher” in Best of Mesa 2022 edition, Pages 72-73:

EVIT hosts East Valley High School Automotive Skills Challenge:

EVIT hosts competition for auto tech students:,292550

EVIT to host competition for auto tech students:


“Arizona aviation schools prepare workforce to meet rising demand” – AZ Big Media, February 2020:

“Here’s why innovative companies are flocking to the East Valley” – AZ Big Media, March 2020:

“Teachers get Fiesta Bowl grants” – East Valley Tribune, November 2020:

“Collision Repair wins grant” –, March 2021:

“America’s Automotive Trust, charities unveil ‘Preserve the Passion’” – August, 2020:

“Automotive wins laptops” --, January 2021:

“Mesa City Council passes resolution to create Education and Workforce Development Roundtable, announces appointees” –, April 2021:

“Aviation volunteer wins scholarship” –, April 2021:

“Drury Awards celebrate high school radio” –, May 2021:

Story about construction career organization, Build Your Future Arizona, mentions EVIT:

Story about Mesa Public Schools job readiness plan mentions EVIT:

SanTan Sun News: Rotary story mentions scholarship winner Omar Federico, student in EVIT welding --

GCU Today: First impressions: What new students were saying during Welcome Week, includes Yonah Nelson, alumni of the Future Engineers program -- hps://

ABC15: Valley trade schools rolling out big incentives to attract and retain instructors --

Scottsdale Progress: EVIT Foundation board member Denny Brown inducted into History Hall of Fame:

Body Shop Business website: Collision Repair program receives grant:

Collision Week website: Automotive instructor Cody Metcalf mentioned in article about TechForce Foundation:


“How a Phoenix-area alum discovered her calling at a career training school” –, November 2020:

“’EVIT built me from the ground up,’ auto tech says” –, December 2020:

“Business ownership dream comes true for EVIT alum” –, December 2020:

“EVIT alum pursues career in industry that restored her smile” –, February 2021:

“EVIT training launches alum into perinatal massage career” –, March 2021:

“EVIT training, CTED grant put alum on path to diesel career” –, April 2021:

“Aviation program at career preparatory school gives alumnus wings to soar” –, May 2021:

“EVIT sets foundation for alum’s interior design career” –, June 2021: Alum pursues baseball passion with EVIT training:

AZTV7: “Find the right career with East Valley Institute of Technology --

AZTV7: “Early Childhood Education program with East Valley Institute of Technology” --

EVIT Commercial Baking Alum Jackie Shappell:

Profile of EVIT Fire Science alum Antonio Luna:

Profile of EVIT Massage Therapy alum Dr. Whitney McGinn:

Profile of EVIT Criminal Justice alum Erick Rodriguez:

Profile of EVIT Aviation alum Taylor Izard:

Profile of EVIT Fashion Design alum Brisa French:

Profile of EVIT Medical Assistant alum Rochelle Demarest:

Profile of EVIT Construction/Machining alum Allistar Machacek :

Profile of EVIT Culinary Arts alum Saul Lopez:

Profile of EVIT Interior Design alum Alma Serrano

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Profile of EVIT Early Childhood Education alum Blanca Zamora-Yanez: