Dog Grooming

CAVIT veterinary assistant students groom animals brought in for a free service on Aug. 30, 2019. It is one of several clinics offered by CAVIT.

COOLIDGE — After a one-year gap, the Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology was able to resume certification and career and technical education testing for students to close out their school year.

“Given our hybrid and virtual challenge, we did not know how the students were going to do,” said CAVIT Superintendent Mike Glover. “Teachers worked very hard to make sure they taught the standards. Our staff and students, they really hit it out of the park.”

According to Glover, students’ average scores were much higher than the state average and CAVIT was a top performing CTE district, with 100% pass rates for five programs.

Overall, 95 students received allied health certifications for roles in such areas as home patient care or as a technician. Twenty students earned their security guard card, and 12 students became licensed veterinary assistants. In addition, 143 CAVIT students earned A grades during their two-year programs.

Certification is still in progress for several programs including cosmetology, massage therapy, dental and medical assistance.

During a board meeting, Glover also announced that the school would begin in-person clinics this month for cosmetology, dental massage and medical and veterinary assistance. CAVIT has received a high level of demand from residents to resume clinics at the school.

“Not a day goes by that people don’t call asking about services for their pets or hair,” Glover said.

Glover also announced that with COVID-19 levels reaching a manageable level, the school was switching to a mask-optional policy.

The board approved a $500 stipend for teachers participating in state training programs and also announced the hiring of Aimee Parrish as a counselor and Kansas Olson as CTE coordinator.

Classes will resume at CAVIT on July 19.

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