SUMMIT ACADEMY OIC

Reimagine Your Future

Minneapolis, MN   |  www.saoic.org

Mission

Summit Academy OIC exists 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.

Ruling year info

1967

President & CEO

Mr. Louis J King II

Main address

935 Olson Memorial Hwy

Minneapolis, MN 55405 USA

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EIN

41-0908458

NTEE code info

Vocational Technical (B30)

Vocational Technical (B30)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Minneapolis-Saint Paul is facing a silent epidemic that has left entire communities under-educated and unprepared to enter the workforce. In Hennepin County alone, over 72,000 people do not have their GED or high school diploma – 21,000 of whom are African American. Even more, African American unemployment remains four times that of non-Hispanic Whites, with poverty rates for people of color six times higher. This silent epidemic is at the core of the educational and economic disparities that plague our region. Moreover, Minnesota is facing a workforce challenge. According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, not only is the state's workforce growth expected to be near zero by 2020, but by 2040 people of color are projected to make up 42 percent of the working-age population. Collectively, low unemployment, slowing labor growth, and an aging population will require employers to remove barriers to employment to ensure their labor needs are met.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Career and Technical Education

Many organizations offer only one of the many services we provide: training, support services, soft skill development, work readiness services and career services. Summit Academy OIC offers accredited 20-week vocational training programs in the high-demand fields of Information Technology, Construction and Healthcare alongside an accelerated, contextualized 30-week GED-to-certificate program. Training is offered at no-cost to students, with no out of pocket expenses and no loans to ever pay back. Last year alone, 988 students enrolled in our vocational training programs and GED program, earning an average annual income of approximately $11,00 pre-enrollment. Of these students, 519 completed. Summit placed 424 graduates in family-sustaining employment, earning an average starting wage of nearly $35,000 annually.

We are the only Career and Technical Education institution in North Minneapolis; the only contextualized GED program in Minnesota; and just one of three out of the eleven members of the Minneapolis Adult Education Consortium that provide GED prep and testing.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Summit Academy OIC exists to assist individuals in developing their ability to earn and to become contributing citizens in their community. We fulfill this mission by equipping low-income workers of color with the education, skills, and networks required to overcome barriers to economic opportunity.

We utilize two key strategies to support the emerging workforce and to achieve our goal of increasing equity in employment:

On the macro level, Summit focuses on policy change to support equitable access to post-secondary education and family-sustaining employment opportunities; advocates for changes to exclusionary hiring practices; and works to increase recognition of the GED as a workforce development tool.

On the micro level, Summit has built a strong training platform that produces a pipeline of skilled workers for regional employers. By providing hundreds of individuals with an accredited, no-cost credential annually, we are creating stronger families and better neighborhoods.

Summit is an accredited post-secondary institution that educates and supports 900+ individuals annually, and pursues systems change that directly increases economic opportunities for low-income students of color. The Council on Occupational Education (COE) is our accrediting body, and requires that we meet 11 core standards and 250 criteria annually. Summit offers 20-week CTE training programs in the high-demand fields of Construction, Healthcare, and IT. Additionally, we offer an accelerated, contextualized 30-week GED-to-certificate program. Summit’s programming is designed with stackable credentials in mind. Students who successfully complete their program earn a certificate, and leave Summit with the education, training, and networking abilities to earn certifications, licenses, badges, apprenticeships, and union memberships. We have recently incorporated the AVID Higher Education (AHE) model into our programming. AVID, which stands for Achievement Via Individual Determination, is a research-based higher education model that uses strategies and curriculum to help students succeed in school, especially students who are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education. All training is offered at no-cost to students, with no out-of-pocket expenses or loans.

Summit’s job training and placement strategy begins at the student recruitment phase and continues post-placement. We prioritize student recruitment initiatives and marketing strategies to communities of color across the Twin Cities with high incidences of unemployment and poverty. Through our Summit Prep tutoring program, we provide structured support and instruction for incoming students who need to take and pass our entrance exam. Summit utilizes a research-based higher education model that is designed to close the achievement gap, help traditionally undereducated students succeed in school, and prepare them for career readiness. Our Career Services staff prepare students for career success after program completion through resume writing support, mock interviews, professional etiquette exercises, and career exploration. Once students are placed in jobs, Career Services staff connect with them and their employers at one, three, six, and twelve months of employment. We want to ensure that job performance and job satisfaction is achieved by both employee and employer. Summit wants our graduates to succeed, and know they are capable of doing so. The ultimate success for the organization is the outcome – a graduate placed in a job with sustainable wages. All of the organization’s efforts are targeted to continuously move underemployed and unemployed people of color into sustainable employment with opportunities for career advancement.

Summit’s economic impact on its students and the larger community through the creation of career pathways is transformative. Over the last two years, Summit has made significant achievements through the following programs, initiatives, and partnerships:

Women Wear Hard Hats Too (WWHHT) was developed as a program to inspire more women to enter the Skilled Trades field. Since the inception of the program, we have implemented new strategies to enroll more women, better supported women through program completion, increased female student retention, and ensured that upon completion, female graduates were equipped with the skills and knowledge to be successful in the field.

In collaboration with HIRE Minnesota, a campaign to end racial employment disparities in the state, Summit was contracted as the Employment Assistance Firm (EAF) for US Bank Stadium. We exceeded the established job placement goals for women and minorities in the construction of and staffing for the stadium.

Northside STEM is our newest game changing initiative that addresses the equity, education, employment, and business challenges of the poorest neighborhoods in Minneapolis by building an education and employer network that will train 1,000 children of color a year in coding, robotics, game design, and gaming.

Summit saw an increase in retention, graduation, and job placement rates from fiscal year 2017 to 2018. We attribute these results, in part, to the implementation of AVID curriculum and the addition of our Contextualized GED Program and Summit Prep tutoring program.

AVID is a research-based higher education model that uses strategies and curriculum to help students succeed in school, especially students who are traditionally underrepresented in post-secondary education. Summit continues to seek ways to amplify the retention and persistence strategies that were identified as a result of our 9-month pilot implementation. Key indicators point to a need for early and consistent intervention to mitigate barriers to success. Lessons learned have led Summit to increase the amount of time inside and outside of the classroom that each student will engage with AVID-ized curriculum, instructors, advisors, and career counseling staff. Students across all programs continue to spend more in-class time focused on developing the critical thinking, communication, emotional intelligence, and collaborative problem-solving skills they will need to persist to program completion and succeed in the workforce.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SUMMIT ACADEMY OIC

Board of directors
as of 8/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Ravi Norman

Norman Global Enterprises

Term: 2012 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Steve Kairies

Access Financial

Term: 2013 -

Mark Moorhouse

Dominium

Karl Hurston

Graco

David Juran

Colliers Mortgage

Steve Kairies

Access Financial

Paul Nielson

Target Corporation

Ravi Norman

Norman Global Enterprises

Jackie Ottoson

Go Growth Operators

Bonnie Padilla

Wipfli-Retired

Bill Parker

U.S. Bancorp-Retired

Paul Ravich

Ravich Meyer Kirkman McGrath & Nauman

Jim Torborg

API Group-Retired

David Wohl

Kristin Young

Bill Williams

Ameriprise Financial

Miquel McMoore

KP Companies

Laura Groschen

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Ouraphone Willis

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Tom Zirbs

U.S. Bank

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/27/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data