CAVIT

CAVIT presented to local businesses at the Coolidge Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday about the state of its career and technical education programs.

COOLIDGE — The CAVIT Governing Board members have approved awarding special credit to struggling students so that their academic careers aren’t derailed by challenges unique to the pandemic.

Thirty-four students who received a D grade in the fall semester will receive official academic credit on their Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology and high school transcripts.

“I thought very hard about these 34 students and the challenges they and their families have gone through,” CAVIT Superintendent Mike Glover said during the board’s meeting Wednesday. “I know students will take advantage of this opportunity and will work hard in their last remaining semester here at CAVIT. I don’t think we lose any accountability with regards to the quality of our program.”

Since 2001, the school has not awarded credit for D grades, which equate to a 60-69% raw score. Of the 34 students, Glover said 24 had scored significantly higher in previous semesters. Some of the pandemic challenges cited that could account for lower grades include both students and teachers being quarantined, as well as issues with the online learning system, all issues unique to this year.

Many students depend on the CAVIT credits to supplement their high school work for graduation. Students who receive the academic credit will be able to continue their classes at CAVIT and Glover said it would “keep them in the pipeline” toward pursuing related programs after high school.

CAVIT is currently on a virtual learning schedule but is scheduled to go back to a hybrid model on Jan. 19, pending state recommendations. The school will revisit the possibility of full-time on-campus learning in March.

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Aaron Dorman is a reporter covering Coolidge and the surrounding area. He can be reached at adorman@pinalcentral.com.