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Your donations make it possible for Summit to offer life-changing education and job skills to students at no cost to them, and no debt.

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Summit Academy OIC assists individuals in developing their ability to earn and to become contributing citizens in their community. We equip students with education, skills and social networks to overcome barriers to economic opportunity. Our fundamental belief is the best social service program in the world is a job!

Our vision is to create a community where adults work, children learn and community thrives. In just 20 weeks, our vocational training programs move students from unemployment or minimum wage jobs to family-supporting careers.

A gift to Summit provides a “hand up” to those working to improve their economic security. Tuition at Summit is priced at $7,050, but because of the generosity of our donors, no student ever pays out-of-pocket to attend.

Systemic lack of access to education and employment has created a permanent underclass for too many in our community. When coupled with the economic downturn brought on by the pandemic, Summit’s training programs and support services are needed now more than ever.


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Career and Technical Education

Summit transforms communities by offering industry-recognized training and credentials in in-demand career fields with high salary growth potential.

  • Carpentry graduates earn an average starting salary of $36,380
  • Electrician graduates earn an average starting salary of $36,260
  • Network Operation Center graduates earn an average starting salary of $34,360

It is estimated that there are 100,000 adults in the Twin Cities without a high school diploma or GED. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics those without a high school degree or GED earn an average of $10,000 less per year than those with the credential. Summit’s 10-week GED program builds a foundation for increased life time earnings.

GEDs Awarded: 300 (as of November 2020)

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There are many ways for you to personally make a difference and give back to your community at Summit Academy.

Questions? Contact Sarah Armstrong, Development Director
sarmstrong@saoic.org or 612-278-7363

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COFFEE WITH THE PRESIDENT

Join Summit Academy OIC’s President & CEO Louis King for a virtual conversation to learn more about the impact Summit is making on our community. Find out how you can help strengthen families through an investment in vocational education and job skill training.

Where: via virtual conference call
When: 9-10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 2, 9-10 a.m.
Thursday, March 18, 9-10 a.m.
Tuesday, April 13, 9-10 a.m.
Thursday, April 22, 9-10 a.m.
Tuesday, May 11, 9-10 a.m.
Thursday, May 27, 9-10 a.m.
Tuesday, June 8, 9-10 a.m.
Thursday, June 24, 9-10 a.m.

Interested, but can’t make any of these dates? Reach out to schedule another day. Contact Sarah Armstrong at 612-278-7363 or sarmstrong@saoic.org.