The EVIT Power Campus in southeast Mesa will be transformed into a creative fantasy world this month when the school’s cosmetology students host their annual hair show.
This event returns to the East Valley Institute of Technology after having to be canceled last year due to COVID-19 protocols. It will feature fantasy avant-garde looks and hairstyles from different decades in elaborate displays with the students as models. About 200 cosmetology students are expected to participate.
The show is 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at the Power Campus, 6625 S. Power Road. Tickets are $5 (cash only); there is no charge for ages 10 and younger.
Instructor Sarah Liu said the students have been preparing for this event since October after submitting their styles to the faculty for approval. Each group of students selected a fantasy theme. Then they started working on backdrops, costumes, hairstyles and makeup styles. The end product will be a fantasy land of displays, models and twinkling lights winding through the halls of the Power Campus.
“Our industry is creative and requires a lot of teamwork. This allows students to work as teams to put on a show,” Liu said. “It allows parents and family to come and see what their students have been working on and it builds our community. It gives the students a chance to show off their creative side with something exciting and different.”
Cosmetology is one of EVIT’s most popular career training programs for high school students and adults. The program, which is offered at the Power Campus and the EVIT Main Campus, 1601 S. Main St. in Mesa, is tuition-free for public, charter, private and home-schooled high school students who reside in the East Valley. A tuition-based cosmetology program for adults is also offered at the Main Campus.
Cosmetology students receive technical training in the theory of chemicals and hair coloring, cutting, client safety, hygiene and customer relations. Second-year students provide services to the public in working salons at the Power and Main campuses. After completing the 1,600-hour course, they are prepared to take the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology licensing exam.
EVIT cosmetology students also have the opportunity to follow a credit pathway that flows from EVIT to their state board licensure to an associate degree at Mesa Community College to a bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University. They can go on from there to earn a master’s degree from ASU. The pathway is offered in partnership with ROLFS Salon and L’Oreal.
EVIT is currently enrolling for 2022-23. High school students can start the enrollment process by going to: evit.com/enroll. Adults can fill out an application at weareevit.formstack.com/forms/adult_app. To request more information about high school or adult programs, fill out a request form at evit.com/requestinfo.
EVIT students have a 98% high school graduation rate, two out of three go on to college and 94% are in jobs related to their training, college or the military within a year of completing their program. Cosmetology students often go on to be self-employed and operate their own business.
For more information about EVIT, go to evit.com. For more information about the EVIT Power Annual Fantasy Hair Show, call 480-308-4602.
Editor’s note: CeCe Todd is the public information officer for the East Valley Institute of Technology.
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