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September 2023 - Superintendent's Update

Changing Lives - Superintendent's Update header image with Dr. Chad Wilson


Sept. 1, 2023

Firefighter training
A new partnership with the Superstition Fire & Medical District will allow EVIT students to earn state-recognized fire credentials while helping Arizona’s smaller, rural communities attract the firefighters they need. After completing EVIT’s Fire & Emergency Services program, students who want to pursue careers in urban areas usually attend city fire academies for additional training. Superstition’s sponsorship of EVIT’s program will prepare students to earn Fire I and Fire II credentials, which allows them to apply to work as firefighters in smaller communities that don’t have academies. “Giving our students more opportunities to be successful while also helping our neighbors in need is what EVIT is all about,” said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Ronda Doolen. Learn more:

Bistro 13 reopens
After an extensive remodel, Bistro 13, the restaurant operated by EVIT’s Culinary Arts program, has reopened for business. Bistro 13 is open 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1353 W. Main St. in Mesa just east of the EVIT Main Campus. Check out the menu:

Power Showcase

EVIT will host the Power Showcase from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 to celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated and expanded Power Campus, 6625 S. Power Road in Mesa.  The public is invited to tour the campus, including a new plane hangar and expanded veterinary facility, and learn more about the programs offered at Power, including Aesthetics, Aviation, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Future Engineers, Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Veterinary Assistant and Welding.

Radio awards nominees
Students and staff of The Pulse 88.7FM have been nominated as finalists 14 times in 11 different categories of the 2022-23 John Drury National High School Radio Awards. Winners will be announced Nov. 4. The Pulse is the centerpiece of EVIT’s Radio/Audio Production program. Learn more:

EVIT in the news
At a time when many districts are experiencing enrollment declines, the number of students attending EVIT has grown this year by nearly 20 percent. “I think that more people are beginning to … realize that you can make a great income and have a quality of life through some of the programs that we offer,” Superintendent Dr. Chad Wilson told the East Valley Tribune. Read more of his interview:

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