APS Partners with FirstEnergy

APS Partners with FirstEnergy
Posted on 10/15/2019
AKRON, Ohio (October 11, 2019) – Today, Akron Public Schools (APS) Superintendent Dr. David James joined FirstEnergy President & CEO Charles Jones 
 to announce that FirstEnergy will become a named integrated partner in the College & Career Academies of Akron at Kenmore-Garfield High School.  FirstEnergy will offer instructional support and real-world learning opportunities in areas of business management, energy & environmental protection, information technology and more.  The academy will be named the FirstEnergy Academy of Emerging Technology and Design. 

“Students at Kenmore-Garfield are about to experience a new approach to learning that will create opportunities they may not have previously imagined,” said Superintendent David W. James, Ed.D.  “FirstEnergy has a wealth of expertise just waiting for our kids to mine.”

“FirstEnergy is committed to the Akron area and we are proud to take a leading role in both education and economic development,” said Jones. “The College and Career Academy at Kenmore-Garfield High School is a tremendous opportunity to allow our company and our employees to contribute their expertise to help cultivate our future workforce.” 

"We're thrilled to partner with FirstEnergy," said Kathryn Rodocker, campus principal of Kenmore-Garfield High School.  "The strengths of FirstEnergy align perfectly with the pathways in our emerging technology and design academy.  Their willingness to share their time and talent will benefit both our students and teachers.”

The collaboration between Akron Public Schools and FirstEnergy 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.

“We want Akron’s students to be able to imagine themselves doing something fulfilling in their careers,” said Jim Mullen, president and CEO of United Way of Summit County. “In order for that to happen, United Way has been connecting local businesses with the College & Career Academies to create first-hand experiences for the students. This also gives businesses the opportunity to demonstrate to our future professionals the skills they will need to succeed in their workplace.”

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.  

APS-FirstEnergy Partnership
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