Cobre Valley Institute of Technology (CVIT) was established in November 2000. It is one of thirteen, voter approved, Joint Technical Education Districts (JTED) in Arizona. The JTED system is one of four pillars of Arizona’s educational system along with community colleges, universities, and primary & secondary schools. Each JTED takes on the challenge to prepare Arizona students for a highly competitive workforce. As a result of the efforts of the JTED system, more than one hundred school districts have the opportunity to provide innovative Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for students.
CVIT’s funding comes from two sources: state appropriations and secondary property taxes from its 5 member school districts.
In November 2000, voters in Hayden/Winkelman, Miami, and Superior school districts voted to form a JTED. San Carlos citizens voted to join CVIT in November 2006. In November 2008, Globe voters decided to invest in high quality CTE education and said yes to CVIT.
CVIT receives funds and distributes them based on two program delivery methods: satellite and central programs.
Satellite Programs are taught on the campus where students regularly attend (home school), and are approved by the Arizona Department of Education. CVIT financially supports those programs to ensure that students gain vital technical knowledge and skills in state‐of-the‐art facilities. Some of the programs include Agriculture, Audio Visual, Education Professions, Early Childhood Education, Drafting, Construction Technologies, Automotive Technologies, Welding, Business Management & Administrative Services, Marketing, Hospitality, Culinary Arts, and Information Technologies.
Central Programs are CTE programs taught at facilities other than the student's regular campus, and are approved by the Arizona Department of Education. These programs are taught at CVIT learning sites supported by community partners and Gila Community College (GCC). CVIT has partnered with GCC to pursue the following mission:
“To provide an ethical, productive and technically trained workforce that meets the global needs of business and industry.”