Transformative Education

As a major supporter of Akron Public Schools students, GAR Foundation has funded the exploration and implementation of College & Career Academies of Akron.

The College & Career Academies of Akron (CCAA) is a PreK-12th grade transformation that utilizes the Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) framework supporting a contemporary educational experience for every learner based on her or his educational needs in Akron Public Schools (APS). The goal is for every APS scholar to graduate with the skills and experience needed to be enrolled in post-secondary training, enlisted in a military pursuit, or employed in their chosen career path.

College & Career Academy of Akron students; Photo by: Shane Wynn

APS partnered with Ford NGL to develop the community-driven framework which achieves the following outcomes:

  • Increased community prosperity shared by all.
  • A strengthened talent pipeline.
  • Young people are prepared for college, careers, lifelong learning, and leadership.
  • Educational equity and justice for all.
  • The capacity to contribute and go further.

Foundational Aspects

The College & Career Academies of Akron have three foundational aspects that guide the transformation at all levels. These equitable opportunities give all students the tools they need to reach their highest potential.

A student in the CVNP; Photo by: Shane Wynn
Essential Experiencesâ„ 

Elementary School

The goal is exposure to all sorts of experiences - allowing young scholars to experience the world around them and see what wonders the wide world has to offer.

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CCAA middle school students visit Ohio State University Agriculture Campus in Wooster to learn about potatoes and Entomology and then extract DNA from a strawberry
Learning Through the Career Lens

Middle School

The key components of CCAA promote a positive school climate, embed social-emotional learning and shift instruction to an inquiry-based model.

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College & Career Academies of Akron; Photo by: Shane Wynn
Business and Community Partner Engagement

High School

Students work with business partners to address real world issues, earning credit, and learning new skills they will take with them after they graduate.

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