ABOUT THE SUMMER CAREERS ACADEMY
The inaugural program is open to all Chapel Hill-Carrboro/Orange County youth and young adults (ages 16-24) and is specially designed to meet the needs of those from refugee and migrant families as well as low income students and students of color.
When & Where
The Summer Careers Academy is launching in Orange County, NC in the Summer of 2022 with a focus on the skilled trades and will expand to other industries (e.g., health care and IT) and other counties throughout the Triangle Region in subsequent years.
The Summer Careers Academy Steering Committee is a diverse coalition of leaders from educational institutions, employer groups, and governmental agencies as well as community volunteers and experts, who are dedicated to building a skilled talent pipeline for the future. Members include representatives from: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Orange County Schools, Durham Technical Community College, the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties, The Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, ApprenticeshipNC, the Chapel Hill Town Council, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, as well as experts James (Jim) Porto, Ph.D., and Berman (Keith) Sipe. Together, the Steering Committee is guiding the development of the Summer Careers Academy according to the principles of Collective Impact.
Research & Design
The design of the Summer Careers Academy model was informed with findings from the Skilled Construction Trades Study (read the press release), which was commissioned by the Orange County Board of Commissioners and funded by the Orange County Government in 2019, and conducted by The Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro in 2020. The study surfaced four promising training program models, including the Catawba Valley Construction Career Academy, which is an employer-led, low-cost, high-performance model that became the blueprint for the new Summer Careers Academy.
Founding Funders & Fiscal Agents
Two founding investors made the Summer Careers Academy vision a reality. The NC Education and Innovation Workforce Commission provided significant state funds through a competitive grant process and The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust provided the private matching contribution. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools stewards the public funds and the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties is the trusted fiscal agent for the private funds.
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