Samantha Vinal, 21, is just starting her career in criminal justice, but already she knows where she wants to retire someday.
“You can count on me to retire with Mesa PD,” Vinal said of the Mesa Police Department, where she works 32 hours a week as a police service assistant while also studying administration of justice at Mesa Community College. “I have yet to decide a specific position I want to aim for, but I know for a fact I want to stay in the Mesa Police Department.”
Samantha credits the East Valley Institute of Technology for giving her a foundation and jump-start to college and career. She graduated from Mesa’s Skyline High School and completed two years in the EVIT Criminal Justice program in 2016.
EVIT helped tremendously with preparing me for college and Mesa PD. As a civilian employee, we are not expected to understand a lot of what is being talked about at work. However, because I went to EVIT Criminal Justice, I am able to understand and even contribute to the conversations with the officers I work with
Criminal Justice is one of over 40 career training programs that EVIT provides tuition-free to East Valley high school students. Tuition-based programs for adults are also offered, with financial aid available for those who qualify. All EVIT programs provide hands-on learning and experience through advanced labs, internships or apprenticeships, and nearly all programs prepare students to earn an industry certification or license.
EVIT students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate, 2 out of 3 go on to college and 92 percent are in college, jobs or the military within a year of completing their training. Enroll today: www.evit.com