Summa Health is partnering with the Akron Public Schools' College & Career Academies of Akron at the Buchtel Community Learning Center.
The agreement, announced Wednesday morning, means the health system will offer instructional support and real-world learning opportunities for students in health care, leadership and computer programming. The academy will be named the Summa Health Academy of Leadership and Innovation.
The program's goal is to prepare students with skills that will make them competitive for college admissions or for high-demand, high-wage careers.
“As a teaching organization, we know firsthand the value and importance of education," Summa Health Director of Community Relations Robert Dejournett said in a prepared statement. "Having this opportunity to build on our relationship with the school district to provide formal educational opportunities to the Buchtel CLC students will go a long way to not only helping them shape their career aspirations, but also to ensuring our community continues to have a pipeline of trained healthcare professionals now and into the future.”
The College and Career Academies will roll out next year to all high school students in the district. Through the academies, students will choose from one of more than 50 pathways to focus their education.
Other "named integrated partners" for the district's College and Career Academies are Akron Children's Hospital, Bridgestone Americas, Kent State University and KeyBank.
According to the school district, the integrated partners provide students with workplace experiences, industry field trips, internships, summer enrichment programs, problem-based learning and "innovative design projects that will extend learning beyond the classroom."
For more details about the College & Career Academies, visit: https://ccaa.akronschools.com.