East Valley Institute of Technology debuts new Power Campus
Oct 24, 2023, 4:25 AM | Updated: 5:53 am
PHOENIX — The East Valley Institute of Technology’s Power Campus unveiled the fruits of their $44 million renovation project Saturday with an open house.
Guests who toured the Power Campus, 6625 S. Power Road, Mesa, not only met instructors and learned more about EVIT programs, they also had a chance to try their hand at flight simulators or receive a hair styling.
Some attendees were happy to see a pumpkin get chucked with a catapult built by engineering students.
The Power Campus also houses cosmetology, medical assistant, nursing assistant, aesthetics, criminal justice and welding programs.
“Schools like EVIT provide multiple options and pathways to rewarding careers,” said Superintendent Dr. Chad Wilson. “We have high school students who will go into the workforce after they complete their training and graduate, many who will go on to college or the military, adults who are taking our programs to upgrade their skills and those who want to start a new career. EVIT provides pathways for all of them.”
EVIT had a record enrollment of over 6,000 students this year, including more than 1,700 at the Power Campus.
The institute provides career training for East Valley high school students and Phoenix-area adults at two central campuses in Mesa, including the Main Campus, 1601 W. Main Street. The Power Campus opened in 2011 to accommodate the needs of a growing population in the southeast Valley.
East Valley high school students can attend for a half-day tuition-free. Adults pay tuition, with financial aid available for those who qualify. Over 90% of EVIT students graduate from high school, two out of three go on to college, and 91% are in jobs related to their training, college or the military within a year of finishing their program.
The expansion and renovation project by McCarthy Construction, One Architecture PLC and SPS+ Architects includes a new hangar for the aviation program, expanded facilities for the veterinary assistant and future engineers programs and more.