Summa, APS Work Together at Buchtel CLC

Our Seventh Named Academy Partner
Posted on 12/06/2018
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Akron Public Schools and Summa Health System announced on Wednesday they have partnered to create the district’s seventh named college & career academy at Buchtel Community Learning Center.

The Summa Health Academy of Leadership & Innovation will offer Buchtel students three career tracts from which to choose:
  • Computer Programming and Software Development
  • Education Professions and Leadership
  • Sports Medicine and Health Care Professions
As a named sponsor, Summa agrees to devote 1,000 hours of time and talent each year, through mentoring, job shadowing and other programs.

Akron schools launched the career-themed academies in 2016. Students enter the Freshman Academy in ninth grade, when they begin thinking about their futures. They explore various career tracts and visit college campuses.

As sophomores, they enter their chosen academy, where they are taught in small communities and learn through hands-on experience and specialized training from professionals in the field.

As part of Akron's academies model, United Way of Summit County works to facilitate partnerships between the academies and the Greater Akron business community.

Akron currently offers 16 academies and more than 50 career tracts at eight high schools.

In January, Buchtel will host a career expo with Summa professionals on hand to advise students about the career opportunities available under the tracts, said Rachel Tecca, director of college and career academies.

At the Wednesday event, Buchtel Principal Nicole Hughes told attendees, many of whom were students, that education offers choices, and enables students to use their talents.

The college and career academies are important, she said, because they recognize students’ innate potential, while bringing community partners together to share their expertise.

“It also gives a very important message,” she said. “That you mean the world to us and that we are invested in you, our students, our scholars, and not only who you will become but the generational impact you will have for lifetimes to come.”

Akron’s first academies were established in 2016 at North High School: the Academy of Global Technology and Business, and the Akron Children's Hospital Academy of Health and Human Services.

In 2017, the district was named a Ford Next Generation Learning Community. The initiative began in Nashville through support from the Ford Motor Co.’s philanthropic arm, the Ford Motor Company Fund. The fund works to turn public high schools across the country into career academies that better prepare students for post-secondary education and/or professional success.

In July, the district announced a partnership with Bridgestone Americas with the launch of the East Community Learning Center's Bridgestone Academy of Applied Engineering and Technology.

Kent State University partnered with the district to create three academies at Firestone CLC, including the Academy of Advanced Technology and Engineering, the Academy of Design and the Academy of Performing Arts.

The district also developed post-secondary partnerships with Stark State College Akron and The University of Akron.

To learn more about Akron’s college & career academies, visit the website.
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