United Way launched Career Academies in 2015 to address the workforce shortage and opportunity gaps that are holding back students from households with low incomes and students of color. The program prepares high school students for in-demand jobs through real-world career experiences with opportunities for them to earn college credits and industry credentials.
Pathways offered are based on fields with the most career promise for local students, including: health care; manufacturing/engineering; STEM/ IT; business/marketing/finance; automotive; education/public services; construction; and agriculture.
Thanks to donors like you, since 2015, 4,800 high school students (nearly half are students of color) are on career pathways while collectively earning 6,244 college credits and saving $1.9 million in tuition costs.
“Our partnership with United Way and its Career Academies is crucial in helping us transform the high school experience through the SPPS Achieves Strategic Plan. We are looking forward to expanding those opportunities and helping all students gain college credit, industry certifications and job experience while in high school.”
— Dr. Joe Gothard
Superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) and Greater Twin Cities United Way Board Member
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