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September 2022 - Superintendent's Update

EVIT Superintendent Update


The Future of EVIT
This week, the EVIT Governing Board began what will become a series of discussions over the next few months evaluating how well the EVIT Career Technical Education District is performing, challenges and opportunities for growth. Because the board has a number of fairly new members, this week’s study session focused on the history of EVIT and Arizona’s CTEDs, how central campus and satellite programs are funded, duplication of programs and more. A $44 million expansion of the EVIT Power Campus is nearly complete and renovations will begin soon at the Main Campus. The board will be considering whether additional central campuses are needed in the EVIT CTED.

Welcome, Kevin Imes
EVIT has hired a new director of external affairs – Kevin Imes, who most recently served as superintendent of the STEDY (Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma) CTED. Mr. Imes will be leading EVIT’s new foster care initiative, which includes building a residential center for foster youth at the Main Campus where they can receive support services while attending EVIT. Mr. Imes will also be developing a commercial driver’s license program at EVIT.

Education Policy Leader of the Year
Superintendent Dr. Chad Wilson is one of over 40 state leaders who have been named Leaders of the Year in Public Policy by Arizona Capitol Times. Dr. Wilson was recognized in the Education Leader category along with Stephanie Parra, executive director of All in Education, and Brian Mueller, president of Grand Canyon University. This year, Dr. Wilson helped lead efforts to secure passage of legislation allowing CTEDs to offer associate degrees. He also assisted in securing a $10 million allocation in the 2022-23 state budget to build the foster youth residential center at EVIT. The Leaders of the Year in Public Policy will be honored Sept. 27 at a luncheon at Phoenix Art Museum.

East Valley football on The Pulse
EVIT’s student radio station, 88.7FM The Pulse, will broadcast 10 East Valley high school football games during the regular season this fall, Sept. 2 through Nov. 10. The broadcast schedule features schools from throughout the East Valley, including Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Tempe, Ahwatukee Foothills and Queen Creek. More information:

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