CVNP Partners with Ellet High School

CVNP Partners with Ellet High School
Posted on 03/08/2019
Ellet High School Ambassadors with representatives from CVNPAkron Public Schools (APS) Superintendent David James joined Deb Yandala of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and Craig Kenkel of the National Park Service (NPS) to announce that Cuyahoga Valley National Park will become a named integrated partner in the College & Career Academies of Akron at Ellet High School. The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the National Park Service will offer instructional support and real-world learning opportunities in areas of global marketing and media.  The academy will be named the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Academy of Global Media and Marketing. 

“The relationship between Akron Public Schools and the Cuyahoga Valley dates back to the 1930s when the children from Akron Public Schools attended camp at Happy Days Lodge.,” said Akron Public Schools Superintendent David W. James.  “Today, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the National Park Service is deepening its commitment to APS by becoming a named integrated partner and giving APS students relevant, real world experiences to help them to be prepared for their futures.” 

"We're thrilled to partner with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the National Park Service," said Michelle Marquess-Kearns, principal of Ellet High School.  "What I find particularly exciting about our new partnership is that it will enable more of our students to experience our park and every student will learn the most important lesson of all - learning is not confined to the four walls of a classroom."

“We are pleased to build on our long relationship with the Akron Public Schools to provide authentic learning experiences for their students.  In addition to being a national treasure, our national park is a tremendous resource for our region and we are pleased to connect students with all that it has to offer,” said Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park CEO Deb Yandala.

"The National Park Service is proud to partner with educators in using the resources of our national parks as extensions of the classroom", said Craig Kenkel, Superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. "The NPS is a learning institution with 418 campuses." 

The collaboration between Akron Public Schools and CVNP was formed with the help of United Way of Summit County.   United Way serves as a link between the College & Career Academies of Akron and local businesses to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students and to strengthen the education to employment pipeline in Summit County.

“By investing in the education of our future citizens and leaders, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is making an important contribution to the future of Greater Akron,” said Jim Mullen, president and CEO of United Way of Summit County. “They have committed to doing in our schools what they already do in our parks – nurture our local resources for the benefit of our entire community.”

APS was designated a Ford Next Generation Learning Community in May 2017.  Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, is supporting the transformation of public high schools into career-themed academies to better prepare students for college and professional success in today's competitive global economy.   College and Career Academies of Akron are supported by the following key strategic partners:  GAR Foundation, United Way of Summit County, ConxusNEO, Summit Education Initiative, and Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce.  
David James welcomes CVNP  Ellet Student Ambassador Trenton served as emcee  Ellet Hospitality Students
Ellet Student Ambassadors welcome guests to Happy Days Lodge  Ellet Jazz Band performs under the direction of Adam Gromm  Leaders from APS BOE, United Way, CVNP, NPS and Ellet High School
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