History

2011Superintendent David James
Superintendent David James learns about the Ford Next Generation Learning model by reading about Metro Nashville Public Schools District (MNPS).  Although much larger than Akron, Nashville has a very similar student demographic make-up to Akron.  About 15 years ago, the MNPS district was struggling with low graduation and attendance rates, and the business community made a commitment to the schools to help them make a change.  The schools created high school career academies and worked closely with companies to make sure that their graduates had skills and competencies needed to fill high demand, high wage positions in their community.  

Later in 2011
Mr. James invites a group of Akron business leaders and city officials to the discuss the district's goals, college & career academy model, and how it might benefit APS students while elevating the community.  The group later visits Nashville.

2015
ConxusNEO co-sponsors a trip to Nashville in partnership with the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce.  Twenty area CEOs and presidents from four local universities attend.  

NOVEMBER 2015
Leaders and teachers from North High School visit Nashville after Mr. James designates North as the pilot high school for College & Career Academies of Akron.   

2016-2017
Akron Public Schoools partners with ConxusNEO to convene business and community partners to participate in the Master Planning process and advocate for the shared vision of the desired APS graduate.   Over 1,000 individuals from business, education, and community organizations gathered, along with students, parents, teachers and administrators to develop the master plan, using the Ford Next Generation Learning Model, to guide the implementation of College & Career Academies of Akron.  

Kristin Toth, GAR Foundation and Bill Considine, Akron Children's HospitalFEBRUARY 2017
Akron Public Schools submits College & Career Academies Master Plan to APS Board of Education.  Superintendent David James addresses the community at the State of the Schools Address.  Akron Children's Hospital announced as first named academy partner.

GAR Foundation announces three-year grant in the amount $300,000 for the expansion of the College and Career Academies at North High School. 

APRIL 2017
APS Board of Education approves the College & Career Academies Master Plan.
Ford NGL logo
MAY 2017
Ford NGL designates Akron Public Schools a Ford Next Generation Learning Community.  United Way of Summit County is announced as a strategic partner brokering partnerships between businesses and Akron Public Schools.  

SEPTEMBER 2017
Implementation of Master Plan begins.  New roles given to Steering Committee and Business Advisory Councils.
North High School launches wall to wall academies. 

NOVEMBER 2017
APS Board of Education approves fifteen academies and more than 50 pathways.  Academies and pathways were designed by businesses, community partners, cluster principals, teachers, parents and students using labor market data provided by ConxusNEO coupled with student interest data, parent and community interest data, and current CTE programming data.  

Kent State University ceremony
FEBRUARY 2018
APS announces Kent State University as the named partner for all three academies at Firestone CLC in a formal ceremony on Kent's State's campus.  



AUGUST 2018
All freshmen enroll in Freshman Academy at eight Akron Public School's high schools.  College tours, career exploration, and courses in essential skills help students make an informed decisions in selecting academies and pathways for sophomore through senior years.  

AUGUST 2019
All Akron Public Schools high schools students enroll in an academy and pathway of their choice.  




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