College & Career Academies

On May 16, 2017 Akron Public Schools (APS) was named a Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) community. The designation means the College and Career Academies of Akron will join a national network supported by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company that is transforming public high schools into career-themed academies to better prepare students for college and professional success in today's competitive global economy.

United Way of Summit County is joining the effort in a major role, brokering all partnerships between businesses and the schools. These connections will bring value to students' lives while helping our corporate partners invest in the future of our local workforce. This partnership will drive economic development in our community for years to come.

Districts in the Ford NGL network have been shown to increase student achievement and engagement both at the high school and post-secondary levels and develop more robust ties between local educators and employers, generating a stronger talent-development pipeline for high demand jobs and overall community prosperity.

Through participating in career-themed academies, students in Akron Public Schools will learn academics through the lens of a potential career – such as engineering, healthcare, technology or design – and have the opportunity to participate in internships, job shadows and career exploration activities. This increases relevance and improves student academic performance and readiness for college and careers.

Contact Sarah Catherine Teixeira, Vice President of Corporate and Community Engagement at 330-643-5517 or steixeira@uwsummit.org to find out how your company can partner with an APS College and Career Academy.

Find out more about the College and Career Academies of Akron