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Summit Academy OIC

Rating: 4 stars   5 reviews 1,929

Address:

935 Olson Memorial Hwy Minneapolis MN 55405 USA

Mission:

We exist to assist individuals in developing their ability to earn and to become contributing citizens in their community. We support the development of self-sufficiency in every person, regardless of background, economic status, or level of ability. We strengthen the community by preparing individuals to assume their roles as workers, parents, and citizens.

Results:

452 Students Enrolled during fiscal year 2008/2009 (July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009). 136 Graduates (160 remained enrolled) 112 Students Placed in Jobs Average Placement Wage of $13.05

Geographic areas served:

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Programs:

Summit academy oic is a non-profit vocational training and educational center based in north minneapolis with over 40 years' experience helping twin cities' residents in economically depressed neighborhoods acquire the tools they need to become educated, employed, and self-supporting. Summit academy is the only community-based vocational training and job-placement program in north minneapolis accredited by the north central association commission on schools and registered with the minnesota higher education services office. At summit academy oic, we believe the best social service program in the world is a job. Graduates from our adult education programs are given the opportunity to lift themselves up from a life of poverty and hopelessness onto a path that will lead to a better life for themselves and their families. Where before, these men and women were limited by chronic unemployment, a complete lack of resources, and in many cases, a lack of faith in themselves, they now have the chance to fundamentally change their circumstances by increasing their income and their quality of life. When adults work full-time living-wage jobs, they become role models to young adults and children, families become more stable, and the cycle that has kept their communities poor and crime-ridden is broken. These positive changes continue to ripple out even further into the larger community as fewer social services and incarceration costs are incurred and graduates begin to pay taxes. After receiving training in community healthcare, energy efficiency and green construction, these graduates have gone on to work in jobs that directly improve minnesota's infrastructure. Summit academy offers adult education and support services that are tailored to the specific needs of the communities we serve. Our career and technology center provides pre-apprentice training in construction (hundred hard hats program), with specific tracks in carpentry, weatherization technology, commercial & green roofing, electrical work, heavy equipment operations and residential rehabilitation technology. The ctc also offers programs in community healthcare with community health worker (chw), certified nursing assistant (cna) training and pharmaceutical technician. These career tracks are all supported with services that develop students' life skills and assist in job seeking, placement, and retention. In this fiscal year (july 1, 2014 - june 30, 2015), summit's career and technology center served 545 adult students, and 281 graduated or remained enrolled to complete their training. Year-to-date summit has placed 279 adults, compared to 295 in the previous period. Job earnings for both programs are at an average of $14. 99 per hour. Current tracking results indicate that 65% of summit's job placements have retained their jobs for more than 180 days.

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Reviews for Summit Academy OIC

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

Look at the stats... They enroll 452 students and graduate 136. This retention is attrocious! They place 82% of the graduates on less than living wage jobs and these jobs aren't sustained in their field. Plus, where is the aid money going from the 316 students that don't graduate? Question the leadership and the board and see it for what it is.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

People I know

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change the leadership and create a real school that is helping people to sustain jobs

 
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Role: Board Member
Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

In these difficult times Summit is succeeding. I am gratified by the objective measures of Summit's success; increases in enrollment, graduations, job placement, and earnings on the job.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the students take the first step in bettering the lives of themselves and their families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Summit is a fantastic organization that changes lives daily. Everytime I walk through the halls and see students, I literally feel the energy of people who are changing their lives, their families and their communities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly dedicated to not only their job, but a ommunity mission.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have had a close up and personal first hand look into Summit. A very rewarding experience. "The best social service program, in the world, is a job." It is so gratifying to have had a small role in changing people's lives for the better. The right organization, doing the right thing, at just the right time we need them. Thank you Summit for the opportunity to be of service.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

shaking hands with Demetrius Larkins. The formerly incarcerated man with a wife and 9 kids, now has a good job, his family is all under the same roof, his wife can be an at home Mom. Win, win, win!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I was a pre-apprentice carpentry student at Summit Academy from February 2008 until June 2008. My life and the life of my family changed greatly after my graduation. I became a union laborer, initially being hired by Northland Concrete and Masonry. I have since worked at M.A. Mortenson and wrapped up 2009 working again with NCM. I now have a purpose and a future. I feel VITAL and I'm SO grateful! I would never have been given this opportunity without the help of Summit Academy. They gave me the confidence and training I needed to take into the field and the needed referral to enter the building trades. I was prepared and ready for the job I was applying for. The instructors were so encouraging and helpful and so devoted to seeing their students succeed. I live in North Minneapolis and I think we are so lucky to have SAOIC in our community. Going from getting Medical Assistance and food stamps to having medical insurance (including dental and vision)for me and my entire family paid by my employer and union AND to look forward to having a pension now instead of retiring on minimum social security...my future is SO different from when I walked through their doors during orientation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

changing me from a 10.25/hour(no benefits) employee to making over 25/hour(with full benefits paid)breadwinner!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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