New initiative hopes to create stronger workforce in Summit County

This story from The Akronist explains how Conexus, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting talent development in Summit County, will help pull together public, private, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations to strengthen the connection between companies and job-seekers. The organization, formerly Summit Workforce Solutions, celebrated its new identity earlier this week, along with Akron and Summit County officials, educational and nonprofit leaders, and other key players in local workforce development. Conexus is a community partner of SEI. READ MORE»

Funding Aligns with Cradle to Career Continuum

Akron Community Foundation approves grants focused on early learning initiatives

Summit Education Initiative (SEI) appreciates the support we receive from local businesses and organizations in Summit County. We thank the Akron Community Foundation, which made a financial contribution to SEI in February 2016:

Akron Community Foundation


College and Career Readiness Helps Students Prepare

The second to last benchmark in Summit Education Initiative (SEI) Cradle to Career Pipeline is College and Career Readiness. Its goals are the following: 1. All students graduate from high school with a plan to be employed, enrolled or enlisted.; 2. All students who plan to attend college after high school will complete a FAFSA.; and 3. Increase the proportion of students who earn a “college ready” score on college placement tests. The group’s goal is for every student leaving high school to have a plan to become enrolled in college, enlisted in public service or employed in a job that leads to a career. READ MORE»

Reading at the Root of Third Grade Education

Summit Education Initiative's Third Grade Reading Team has coincided with Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee, part of the Ohio Legislature's education policy bill passed in spring 2012. The bill requires third graders to meet a minimum score on the state reading test to move on to the fourth grade reading instruction. Read more in this story by Good Place Akron. READ MORE»

Family Reading Festival Scheduled for Feb. 6

The Akron-Summit County Main Library, located at 60 S. High St., will host a Family Reading Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. The event, sponsored by Summit Education Initiative’s Cradle to Career Alliance, will feature more than 25 community organizations sharing information and presenting activities. Children and Books, formerly First Book Greater Akron, will provide every child in attendance with a book. Entertainer Jim Gill will perform, along with the Weathervane Chanticleers and Coventry High School Jazz ensemble. READ MORE»