Three Promises, Building Momentum

The following post is an excerpt of a message from Derran Wimer, executive director of Summit Education Initiative. Here, he encourages our readers to think about ways they can and do support the three promises for students in Summit County we agreed upon at January's GradNation Community Summit.  READ MORE»

A Slice of Accomplishment for Kenmore Culinary student

Daejah McCormick, an 18-year-old student from Kenmore High School, is often the first to arrive and last to leave in her Culinary Arts Program class. She enjoys keeping busy; she feels most productive and focused when she’s in the kitchen preparing food. McCormick is a go-getter. Perhaps that’s why she was so determined to apply to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York—the nation’s best culinary school. READ MORE»

Database Launches for Out of School Time Partners

Summit Education Initiative’s Out of School Time Partner (OSTP) Searchable Database has launched, which will help our OSTPs connect the community to their services. The database includes several fields to help parents, educators and other community members specify the type of program they're seeking to best fit their students' needs.  READ MORE»

The Pursuit of Personal Prosperity

When your book bag is one of your heaviest burdens, it’s not necessarily a walk in the playground to understand the financial responsibilities of adults. But Akron Public Schools provides an opportunity for high school sophomores to approach that matter – before their school days end upon graduation. It’s fittingly called Reality Check, and it’s a program Akron Public Schools has executed in several schools for 11 years. READ MORE»