1,000 GED Campaign

Summit Academy 1,000 GED Campaign

The overarching goal of the 1,000 GED Campaign is to equip workers of color with the education, marketable skills, and strong social networks that lead to family-sustaining employment and further improves economic security. Campaign goals include:

  • Recognition of the GED as a workforce development tool
  • Increased skill set and earning potential of low-income communities
  • 1,000 GEDs over 5 years
  • 3-year $5 million fundraising goal


We are investing in the 1,000 GED Campaign because vibrant and healthy communities flourish when their people are working. All of us—businesses, non-profits, and government—need to come together to ensure that our community is not leaving people on the sidelines.

-U.S. Bank President & CEO Andy Cecere


Our goals for the 1,000 GED Campaign are big and ambitious, but our changing demographics mean these are steps that have to be taken now – it’s not something we can just aspire to, it’s something that we must do for our neighbors, our businesses, and our region.

-Summit Academy OIC President & CEO Louis King

Mr. Louis King Jr.


If you have any questions or want to get involved with the 1,000 GED Campaign please contact Annie Nelson at anelson@saoic.org.



Thank you to the Institutional Supporters of the 1,000 GED Campaign:

Further, thank you to the supporters of the pilot GED Project:

  • Richard B. Schulze Family Foundation
  • MSPWin
  • Graco Foundation
  • Opus Foundation
  • Otto Bremer Foundation