Monday, November 30, 2009
From now through Friday, Dec. 11, bring your canned and/or non-perishable food items to EVIT and drop them off in a collection box.
Each class will have its own donation box, and the class that collects the most items per student will receive a $100 prize for their class account.
Extra boxes also are located in the main lobby and in the district office building for staff and public donations.
All of the food will be donated to the United Food Bank, so bring in those cans!
Friday, November 27, 2009
EVIT students in the Nursing Assistant and Allied Health programs were trained in CPR this week.
Students who completed the training from Heart Savers received a two-year certification for healthcare provider CPR.
Here are students in Ms. Thorson's afternoon class, practicing their breathing techniques on infant dummies:
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I just went over to pick up my Thanksgiving baked goods order from the Culinary program. I knew the students got a lot of orders this year, but I wasn’t entirely prepared to see this:
It appears they’ve been a little busy.
I bought some of these:
But now I’m wishing my name was also on one of these:
Great work, students! Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Students set up a variety of "learning centers" for the kids, all of which focused on developmental skills -- but with a pumpkin twist.
The kids created pumpkin collages:
And played pumpkin Bingo:
I'll be honest -- I was tempted to paint my own picture of a pumpkin. But I knew mine wouldn't turn out as nicely as these:
Tempe Police K9 Officer Ribotta visited EVIT law enforcement classes today to talk about his job and show off police dog Jaegar's skills.
Students got to ask Officer Ribotta lots of questions, such as how many calls he goes out on in a night and how much training he conducted with Jaegar. Ribotta told stories about how Jaegar has fearlessly taken down criminals.
And then the students got to see Jaegar in action. First, he searched their classroom:
Then they went outside to watch him chase down a "bad guy." Here he is, straining against his leash, dying to go after him:
Officer Ribotta finally lets him go:
The "bad guy" didn't stand a chance! (Don't worry - He is well-trained and was bundled up in a very large, very protective suit.)
Needless to say, Jaegar was a huge hit and about half of the students said they now want to be K9 officers.
Monday, November 23, 2009
EVIT automotive technology students spent a few days earlier this morning learning about vehicle parts, service and sales while job shadowing at car dealerships across the
The students spent their class time during three days this week getting an up-close look at the industry they hope to work in someday. The experience helps them figure out which career paths will best suit their interests, said Randy Baker, an automotive teacher at EVIT, a career and technical school in
“It’s better to know now rather than later,” Baker said. “It really opens their eyes, to be able to see what goes on behind the scenes.”
Students even have the potential to land jobs at the dealerships by making contacts and doing well during their job shadowing.
Second-year EVIT automotive student Branden Aguirre said he learned how to work with tools he doesn’t normally use, during his shadowing at Riverview Toyota in
“I like working on Japanese cars, so coming here was beneficial for me,” said Aguirre, 18, who also attends
First-year student Ricky Venzor, 15, said he wants to join the U.S. Marine Corps after high school and attend college before opening his own automotive shop. Attending EVIT has been beneficial for him because it has given him opportunities he wouldn’t otherwise have had, he said.
“It helps you figure out what you want to do; you learn a lot,” said Venzor, 15, who also attends
Riverview Toyota service manager Cory Oliver
said he likes hiring EVIT students because they already have a jumpstart on their education and are further in their training than most entry-level employees. And it helps them figure out what department would be a good fit for each student.
“They might think they want to do this, but they don’t really know what it is like,” Oliver said. “Or they might get into the parts department and think that’s cool and decide to get into that aspect of it.”
Friday, November 20, 2009
EVIT Interior Design students held an open house this week to show off three sets they designed and built for the video productions class.
Each set was on display for a day or two in the video productions area. Video students will be able to use the set designs for a variety of class projects.
First up was a living room/dining room set:
Then a college dorm room set:
And finally, an office set:
I'm hoping their next project is my office.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Single individuals can receive a credit for up to a $200 donation; married couples filing jointly can get a credit of up to $400.
For a married couple with a $500 state tax bill, that means they could make a donation of $400 and then only owe $100 in state taxes.
The funds go to support extracurricular activities, which are optional, educational activities that enhance and supplement a child’s education. These activities include educational field trips, student club fees, competition expenses, classroom enrichment and tutoring.
Community members who donate to EVIT can direct their donation into either a general school extracurricular activities fund or to a specific classroom teacher or program.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Biotech students were busy testing water samples from local restaurants, looking for evidence of E. coli bacteria. E. coli can sometimes make its way into restaurant beverages when ice has been handled with unclean hands, which I was not thrilled to learn.
The students also worked on a year-long transformation project in which they took a firefly's glow gene and inserted it into host bacteria, mass-producing the new gene, which glows green under certain lighting.
And I learned a bunch about genetically modified vs. organic produce. Here are some onion plants. I bet you can guess which side contains the genetically modified crop.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
But I went back on Monday, and imagine my surprise when I walked outside and saw this:
When they're all done, the houses will have doorways, windows, drywall, stucco ... maybe even a sink!
The interior design students will partner up with the construction students toward the end of the school year to help decorate the houses, too.
By next week, I'm told there will be roofs!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Students in the morning Medical Assistant class are collecting basic need items, such as hygiene supplies, canned food, pillows, linens for twin-sized beds, and paper and office supplies. All items must be new and will be donated to A New Leaf’s domestic violence and homeless shelters.
Students in the afternoon Medical Assistant class have started a campaign called “Hugs for the Homeless,” and they are collecting teddy bears that will be given to children as they arrive at A New Leaf’s shelters. The teddy bears must be new and can be any size.
The Interior Design students are also giving back to their community, by sewing pillows to donate to the UMOM Family Shelter.
Meanwhile, Early Childhood Education students are focusing their efforts on helping teen mothers by collecting infant and toddler items, such as clothing, toiletries, furniture and toys. The mothers will be able to “shop” and pick out items from the donations.
To donate to either of the Medical Assistant projects, call (480) 461-4046 or drop items off in the lobby of the
Friday, November 13, 2009
Automotive technology students will be on campus bright and early Saturday for a FREE community Car Clinic. From 8 a.m to noon, students will conduct basic maintenance inspections, checking things like brakes, fluids and tires. Actual service will not be performed that day, but drivers can make an appointment to come back if any issues are discovered uring the inspection.
Meanwhile, fashion merchandising students will spend their Saturday running a yard sale to raise money for a class trip to California. The sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 212 W. Verano Place in Gilbert.
And then at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night, health students are hosting a comedy hypnosis show to raise money for Autism Speaks. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. To purchase tickets, call (480) 461-4001.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The truck, a donated 2001 Chevy, is spending the school year on campus, being checked over by the automotive students and souped-up by the collision repair students.
And students have a say in exactly what the final product will look like. Any student who still has perfect attendance during the next assembly can vote on which custom paint theme Mr. Carroll's class should use. Here are the choices:
What do you think? I'm partial to #3 and #4.
Monday, November 9, 2009
The machine, called a welding boom, was donated by Weldcoa and is valued at $2,900. Weldcoa has been manufacturing the booms since 1987, and they are used all over the world.
The boom will allow EVIT welding students to extend the reach of their equipment and operate freely within a 360-degree area.
"In other words, if the welder is working in an elevated area, he does not have to climb down to reposition and secure the boom arm," said Hector Villarreal, Weldcoa president. "The arm moves with the welder, providing him with complete freedom of movement. It also puts the welding machine controls right at the end of the boom arm, allowing the welder to make setting adjustments on the fly. Lastly, the boom removes all trip hazards, as all the cabling and hoses run through the length of the arm."
Students were excited to try out their new equipment. Thank you for the donation, Weldcoa!
Friday, November 6, 2009
EVIT offers a wide array of adult classes at competitive prices. Tuition for the two-year adult cosmetology program is $10,800; tuition for the nine-month adult aesthetics program is $5,700. The classes meet from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Both programs will prepare students to take the state licensing test at the end of the program, which means students can leave EVIT as licensed aestheticians and cosmetologists.
If you sign up and bring a friend, too, you’ll even earn a discount on your tuition!
For more information or to sign up, contact Jackie Auvigne at (480) 461-4028 or email@example.com.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The EVIT cookbook, "Cooking for a Cause," debuted yesterday at the EVIT Education Foundation breakfast!
This cookbook is a fundraiser for United Way and the project has been in the works since the beginning of the school year. It is made up of family recipes from our teachers, staff, board members and friends.
It is loaded with all kinds of tasty recipes (including my grandmother's applesauce, my mom's fruit pizza, and my mother-in-law's barbeque).
They are $10 or two for $15, and they are well worth the money (every penny of which goes directly to United Way).
I might be biased, having spent two weeks typing in recipes and editing the text, but I think it's pretty great. It was a real labor of love, and lots of people put lots of time into collecting the recipes, organizing them, designing the cover, and printing and binding the final product.
I think they'd make great Christmas gifts.
To buy a copy (or four), email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Liz Bortkun at 480-461-4160.