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Become a CCAA Business Partner

Every business, no matter how large or small, can be engaged in the College & Career Academies of Akron. Partnerships for academy, student and teacher development are what make the College & Career Academies model so successful.  If you have one hour or 100 hours to share, there is a role for you. 

What is a Pathway Partnership?
A Pathway Partnership is a formalized agreement between a high school academy and a business, university, community organization, professional association, faith community, government department or other group.

Partnership activities vary, depending on the needs of the pathway and a partner’s interests and resources. Goals for partnerships between businesses and pathways are to improve graduation rates, build relationships between students and positive adult role models and support positive outcomes after high school graduation, including further education and entry into high-wage, high-demand careers.

What are the expectations of a Pathway Partner?
• Commit to two engagements per school year
• Identify a partnership coordinator who will be the chief contact for the school
• Participate in a planning session with the school’s Academy Advisory Board to determine how best to work together
        with the school and with other academy partners
• Support the goals of the academy in at least one activity
• Report the time your organization gives to supporting the partnership

What types of activities can Pathway Partners provide?

• Academy Advisory Board member
• Books for library or classroom
• Business contacts
• Career club competition judging or sponsorship
• Career exploration fair participant
• Career mentor
• Classroom and learning materials donations
• College planning assistance
• Curriculum advisor
• Employability skills training
• Equipment or supplies/materials donations
• Exam tutoring
• Field trip destination
• Guest speaker
• Incentives for student performance
• Industry Partnership Council member
• Job search skills (resumes, interviewing)
• Job shadowing 
• Life skills training
• Loaned classroom instructor
• Marketing assistance
• Meeting/training rooms at your facility
• Named partner for academy 
• Part-time jobs for students
• Scholarships
• Student internships
• Student project facilitation
• Teach exploratory/enrichment class
• Teacher experiential learning
• Technical training

For more information, contact: Sarah Palace, Director of College and Career Readiness United Way of Summit & Medina
(216) 256-5984

For more information about middle school partnerships, contact:
Darlene Shuler, Middle School Partner Liaison
Akron Public Schools with Akron Community Foundation
(330) 436-5630