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Superintendent's Update - December 2021

EVIT Superintendent Update

Art drive for abused kids
EVIT’s 3D Animation students and teachers are accepting art supplies to benefit Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. Free Arts provides arts programs for children and youth who have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect to help them develop resilience. EVIT’s 3D Animation classes are accepting art tools, paint supplies, bags, paper products, gift cards and other fun art items such as jingle bells through Dec. 10 at the EVIT Main Campus, 1601 W Main St., Mesa. For more information, contact instructor Kelley Grantham at

Fantasy hair show
The Cosmetology program at EVIT Power Campus is getting ready to present its annual Fantasy Hair Show from 5 to 7 p.m., Dec. 10 at the Power Campus, 6625 S. Power Road in Mesa. About 200 students are putting on this creative event featuring fantasy avant-garde looks and hairstyles from different decades. Tickets are $5 (cash only); there is no charge for children 10 and younger. For more information, call 480-308-4602.

Adult completion ceremony
EVIT will celebrate our adult program completers in a special ceremony 6 p.m., Dec. 16 at the Main Campus. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium in Building 1. Students in adult Cosmetology, Emergency Medical Technician, Practical Nurse and Surgical Technology programs will be honored, as well as students who have completed EVIT’s High School Equivalency program. The event will also be live-streamed on EVIT’s Facebook ( and YouTube ( channels. Congratulations to our adult program completers!

Antonio’s story
Twenty years ago as an EVIT student, Antonio Luna “fell in love with firefighting.” Now he is proudly watching his son follow in his footsteps and helping guide the next generation of first responders as an instructional aide in EVIT’s Fire Science and Emergency Services program. Read Antonio’s inspiring story:

Whitney’s story
Dr. Whitney McGinn works with patients who have Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus and other conditions at Barrow Neurological Institute’s Muhammad Ali Movement Disorders Center in Phoenix. Her successful career got its start in EVIT’s Massage Therapy program 12 years ago. Read Whitney’s inspiring story:

Happy Holidays from EVIT
We would like to thank all those in our EVIT family for everything they do to support our efforts. EVIT is so much more than the classes we offer. We are a community of families, educators, support staff, industries and elected leaders who work together to ensure East Valley students are prepared to be our next-generation workforce. We thank you – and hope you have a blessed and happy holiday season.