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Summit Academy, Atomic Data partner to boost workforce, diversity in IT sector [Mpls / St. Paul Business Journal]

A new program created by Summit Academy OIC and Atomic Data will strive to address the workforce shortage and lack of diversity in the Twin Cities information-technology sector. The two organizations announced on Wednesday the creation of a program called “Summit Tech,” funded by Atomic Data with a matching grant of $191,604 from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board. The program offers two 20-week training programs that will prepare people to work as a service desk technician or a network operations center technician. About 50 Continue reading →
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Black Jobless Rate Drops, but It’s Still Twice That of Whites [New York Times]

The unemployment rate for black workers hit its lowest point on record recently. But even a strong labor market has limits in spreading opportunity widely. New York Times (February 23, 2018) – President Trump celebrated the milestone on Twitter and in his State of the Union address. The unemployment rate for black Americans had hit its lowest point on record, a sign that the recovery was at last reaching groups that had been left behind. But the achievement was bittersweet: Black joblessness was still roughly Continue reading →
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Summit Academy celebrates first 100 GEDs as part of the “1,000 GED Campaign”

Initiative provides education & job training for 1,000 low-income Minnesotans MINNEAPOLIS (February 14, 2018) – Summit Academy has surpassed the 100 GED mark as part of their “1,000 GED Campaign,” which aims to provide 1,000 low-income Minnesotans with education and job training. The 1,000 GED Campaign launched in October 2017, joined by U.S. Bank President & CEO Andy Cecere, Thor Construction CEO Ravi Norman and civic leader John Stanoch. The 100th GED student in the 1,000 GED Campaign graduated earlier this month. The effort has Continue reading →
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U.S. Bank Gives $250,000 Challenge Grant to Summit Academy OIC To Support “1,000 GED Campaign”

December 2016 MINNEAPOLIS – MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 13, 2016) – Summit Academy OIC has received a $250,000 challenge grant from U.S. Bank to help fund its “1,000 GED Campaign” – a first-of-its-kind contextualized program that enables individuals to earn a GED and then also become certified in a construction or healthcare specialty in only 30 weeks. U.S. Bank is the first corporation to fund the campaign, aimed at reaching 1,000 GEDs by 2020 and is challenging other corporations to join the effort. Read more…
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Summit Academy OIC Awarded $525,000 from the Otto Bremer Trust

Dollars Earmarked for Improving School Facilities June 2016 MINNEAPOLIS (June, 2016) – Summit Academy OIC has received a $525,000 investment from the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), which has chosen to embark on a multi-year partnership in support of the north Minneapolis nonprofit organization. Summit empowers adults residing in the most economically depressed neighborhoods in the Twin Cities to become educated, employed, contributing members of society. Read more…
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Summit Academy OIC Hosts Construction Skills Expo

November 10 Event to Inform Local Women and Minorities About Training Opportunities Integral to Working on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project (PDF)
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