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Minneapolis vocational academy sees significant growth in student enrollment

Minneapolis vocational academy sees significant growth in student enrollment MinnPost By Ibrahim Hirsi April 6, 2017  
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SUMMIT VOICES: Spring 2017

Summit Voices A Summit Academy Newsletter from GED Students & Staff Spring 2017 What’s inside: stories from current GED students, “What Am I?” poem by Arthur, GED student and GED highlights and updates  
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The Summit – Spring Edition 2017

The Summit – Spring Edition 2017 Feature: Ensuring Student Success Also inside this issue: President’s Update, Summit Academy Alumni Stories, Summit Prep and more… Share on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn
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SUMMIT VOICES: Winter 2016-2017

SUMMIT VOICES A Summit Academy Newsletter from GED Students & Staff Winter 2016-2017 Introducing the very first Summit Voices newsletter from the GED Department.  What’s inside: stories from current GED students, “Are You Smarter than a GED Student?” quiz, and classroom highlights.
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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 Winter Newsletter

The Summit – Winter Edition 2016

The SUMMIT – Winter Edition 2016 Features: President’s Update, Summit Academy Alumni Stories, Rib Fest and Summit Prep volunteer tutoring program + more  
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The Summit – Fall Edition 2016

The SUMMIT – Fall Edition 2016 100 Million Dollar Partner: Thor Construction also inside this issue: President’s Update, Summit Academy Alumni Stories, Capital Campaign Construction + more (PDF)  
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Summit Academy and Will Steger Partnership

Summit Academy Students Gain Hands-On Training at the Steger Wilderness Center Experience This summer, two groups of Summit Academy construction students had a unique opportunity to gain real-life construction experience at the Steger Wilderness Center. Under the guidance of Will Steger, a prominent polar explorer and Summit Academy instructor Beth Halverson; the students learned a variety of skills including metal roof installation and finish carpentry. “Ms. H. helped us with the first roof, but she let us do the second one ourselves. The best thing Continue reading →
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U.S. Bank Stadium Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Louis King

July 22 marked the official opening of the new U.S. Bank Stadium with a grand ribbon cutting ceremony. David Mortenson of Mortenson Construction introduced Louis King, president and CEO of Summit Academy, who spoke about Summit Academy’s leadership in meeting workforce hiring targets for minorities, women and veterans on the construction of the stadium . . . as well as well-paying part-time employment opportunities during the ongoing operations of the stadium. Watch King’s full 3-minute speech by clicking here or on the video above.   The Continue reading →
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Rosenblum: Twin Cities Community Health Workers Help Patients Get Good Care

Twin Cities community health workers help patients get good care Star Tribune Gail Rosenblum  | July 3, 2016 Community Health Workers (CHWs) play an indispensable role in Minnesota’s health care, including Shawn McKinney, a graduate of Summit Academy’s 20-week CHW program. These health care professionals bridge the gap between Minnesota’s underserved communities and healthcare services and resources. 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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A look at who’s been left out of Minnesota’s economic recovery

A look at who’s been left out of Minnesota’s economic recovery MinnPost By Ibrahim Hirsi | 06/28/16 A recent report released by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ initiative, the Minnesota Budget Project shows that many racial and ethnic groups continue to be affected by high unemployment rates. Read more…
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Twin Cities’ Summit Academy Offers GED and a Trade

Channel 5 Eyewitness News Todd Wilson 06/23/2016 This news story is also available on Channel 5 Eyewitness News or click on the PDF version to read the full story
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The SUMMIT Newsletter – Special Mortenson Edition

The SUMMIT Newsletter – Special Edition Longstanding Partnership between Mortenson Construction & Summit Academy Louis King, Summit Academy President and CEO, summed up the long-term partnership, “Mortenson is the industry leader when it comes to workforce inclusion. They have helped us demonstrate that our students are more than just people “needed to fulfill quotas.” We count on their leadership and integrity.” What’s Inside: Executive Perspective from Ken Sorensen, Senior Vice President of Mortenson Construction and Kendall Griffith, Vice President & General Manager of Mortenson’s Minneapolis office Mortenson Construction & Summit Academy Projects Summit Academy – Continue reading →
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Minnesota Construction Industry Anticipating New Crop of Minority Workers

KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News Todd Wilson January 18, 2016 See the full video news story by clicking on this link:  http://bit.ly/1PnZaTY or read the full story here.
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85,000 Need GED

In Hennepin: 85,000 need GED Insight News Harry Colbert, Jr.  |  January 15, 2016 Read the full article by clicking here.
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Summit Academy partners with Ryan Companies on Downtown East

Members of minorities making modest inroads in the trades Star Tribune Neal St. Anthony · January 11, 2016 Summit Academy’s partnership with Ryan Companies on the Downtown East project is one more example of how Summit and local business leaders are working together to employ more skilled people of color, women and veterans today . . . and to plan for the shifting demographic landscape of tomorrow. Read the full story from the Star Tribune by following this link: http://strib.mn/1OL0kwV    
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Tightening labor market may open doors to Minnesotans of color

MPR News December 23, 2015 by Martin Moylan Minnesota is facing a slowdown in the growth of its workforce so employers look to the community and minority groups to meet that growing need more workers. At Summit Academy, they’re placing 90 percent of graduates from their vocational training programs, up from only about 50 percent six or seven years ago. See the rest of the article by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/1kh2ZSy  OR  listen to the full story on MPR News Radio by clicking HERE…
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Preparing a workforce for the future

Preparing a workforce for the future By: Charles Hallman | November 30, 2015 Summit Academy trains low-income students for living-wage jobs Read more…
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An untapped resource to end disparities

An untapped resource to end disparities Pioneer Press  |  11.13.2015 by Louis J. King II Minnesota has the resources, but thus far has lacked the political will to end income disparities between whites and blacks — disparities that have plagued the state for far too long and are getting worse. Read more…
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Meet The Woman Who Built The NEW Vikings Stadium From The Ground Up – Literally

October 21, 2015 The Positive Black Woman Meet The Woman Who Built The NEW Vikings Stadium From The Ground Up – Literally Read more…  
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Vikes stadium builders cross goal line on minority hiring

October 23, 2015 MPR News Vikes stadium builders cross goal line on minority hiring Read more…
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Facing the Facts of Economic Disparities in MN

September 28, 2015 Facing the Facts of Economic Disparities in MN How we can reduce the income gap for blacks
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The SUMMIT – 2015 September Newsletter

The SUMMIT – 2015 September Newsletter September 2015 Inside this issue: President’s Message, CHW Internship, Ryan Partnership + more (PDF)
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Black Minnesotans of all Backgrounds Up Against Disparities

September 26, 2015 Black Minnesotans of all Backgrounds Up Against Disparities A shift to lower-paying jobs has hit state’s black households especially hard.  Read more…
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The SUMMIT – 2015 Winter Newsletter

The SUMMIT – 2015 Winter Newsletter January 2015  Community Health Worker Night & Weekend Pilot Program Launches, Moving Forward into 2015, Program Updates + more (PDF)
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Summit Academy Manager receives Best International Award in Ireland

Dr. Anne-Marie Kuiper of Summit Academy Recognized Internationally for Her Cutting-Edge Work in Human Resource Development in North Minneapolis Dr. Kuiper presented her research to 330 attendees from around the world during the conference at the University College of Cork in Ireland. Dr. Anne-Marie Kuiper, Workforce Development Manager at Summit Academy OIC received international recognition on June 3, 2015 at the 16th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe. She was awarded the 2015 Best International Paper Award for her dissertation research: The Role of Human Continue reading →
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Summit Academy & Ryan Companies Partner on Downtown East Hiring

On Wednesday, June 3rd, Summit Academy OIC hosted the first Open House for Ryan Companies and its sub-contractors to discuss the hiring of minorities and women on the key Downtown East Development project headed up by Ryan Companies. This project is contiguous with the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium that is already underway. An official agreement was previously formalized between Summit and Ryan Companies for them to hire a substantial number of minorities and women on their Downtown East project where Summit will be the lead trainer Continue reading →
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Finance & Commerce – Progress MN: Louis King II

April 10, 2015 Progress MN: Louis King II President Louis King recognized as an innovator and an agent of change at Progress MN event. Read more…
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Summit Academy students at Construction Crew Job Fair 

Summit Academy students, Theo Pickford and Lejune Richberg, were featured in last night’s KARE-TV’s piece about the Minnesota Construction Crew Job Fair held yesterday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Many contractors are beginning to recognize the demographic shift and future workforce needs, including the hiring of people of color, women and veterans. Click on the video image above or link below to read the full story. http://kare11.tv/1Ca77Xb
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Summit Academy’s Rehab Tech Program on Kare 11

Through a partnership between Hennepin County and Summit Academy, a once-neglected house has been remodeled and renovated. Since September of 2013, 70 Summit Academy Residential Rehabilitation Technician students have worked on rehabilitating the house at 3245 Bloomington Avenue South in Minneapolis. A year and a half later, the house is now complete.  Click here to view the complete story
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Summit Academy OIC Featured by the Greater Twin Cities United Way

Summit Academy OIC Featured at the 100th Anniversary of the Greater Twin Cities United Way As part of the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s centennial celebration, Summit Academy is featured in their Good for Generations: United Way’s Impact @100 video. Summit was one of only 2 organizations featured in the video involving 6 of our construction and healthcare alumni and students, as well as Sara Lueben, Support Services Manager and our phase 2 students during hands-on training. The video premiered at the Greater Twin Cities’  Good Continue reading →
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Finance & Commerce – Finance & Commerce Names Progress Minnesota honorees

February 6, 2015 Finance & Commerce Names Progress Minnesota Honorees Louis King is one of three individuals to be honored in this year’s Progress Minnesota 2015 Awards. Mr. King, along with 23 businesses, 2 individuals and Lifetime Achievement honoree Mort Mortenson, will be featured at an award ceremony on April 9, 2015. (PDF)
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MinnPost – Focus on Schools to Build Minnesota’s Future Work Force

Focus on schools to build Minnesota’s future work force January 23, 2015  |  By Louis J. King II Minnesota’s work force is at a crossroads with an aging populace, large immigrant population, high income disparities between whites and people of color, and academic achievement gaps that are plaguing students throughout the state. Read more…
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Finance & Commerce – Tighter Labor Market Increases Importance of Minority Workers

October 23, 2014 Tighter Labor Market Increases Importance of Minority Workers William Moreland experienced a lot of firsts as he wrapped up his studies at Summit Academy OIC, a community-based vocational training and job placement program in North Minneapolis. (PDF)
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Star Tribune – Into the Wild: Students work with Steger to build their dreams

August 2, 2014 Into the Wild: Students work with Steger to build their dreams ELY, Minn. – Go east out of Ely, past the gas station and the Wolf Center, leaving any semblance of civilization behind. Dirt roads narrow and giant potholes rattle your chassis for miles. You turn down the long driveway, past a gate and a sign that warns to watch for dog sleds. (PDF)
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MinnPost – To Make Sure Everyone Succeeds, We Must Provide Equity and Opportunity

July 29, 2014 To Make Sure Everyone Succeeds, We Must Provide Equity and Opportunity A July 2 MinnPost Glean item linked to a story reporting that the Twin Cities is enjoying the lowest unemployment rate of any large metropolitan area in the country. However, it failed to mention that the 13-county metropolitan area has the largest racial disparities in employment in the United States. (PDF)
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MinnPost – Summit Academy Students, Will Steger Break Ground on Cabin-Building Initiative in BWCA

July 3, 2014 Summit Academy Students, Will Steger Break Ground on Cabin-Building Initiative in BWCA William Moreland experienced a lot of firsts as he wrapped up his studies at Summit Academy OIC, a community-based vocational training and job placement program in North Minneapolis. (PDF)
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The Journal – Pilot Program Helps Residents Impacted by North Side Tornado Move Toward Self Sufficiency

June 5, 2014Pilot Program Helps Residents Impacted by North Side Tornado Move Toward Self Sufficiency North Minneapolis residents still feel the effects of the 2011 tornado that ravaged homes and businesses. (PDF)
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Finance & Commerce – At LRT Hearing, North Side Leaders Push for Equity

May 30, 2014At LRT Hearing, North Side Leaders Push for Equity William Moreland experienced a lot of firsts as he wrapped up his studies at Summit Academy OIC, a community-based vocational training and job placement program in North Minneapolis. (PDF)
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