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Ribbons cut, speeches made: LPS/SCC Career Academy is game changer, difference maker

High school students will arrive this week on Wednesday, but on Monday at The Career Academy – a partnership of Lincoln Public Schools, Southeast Community College and local business and industry – the community cut ribbons, gave speeches and celebrated a great new facility on the SCC campus that will offer career pathways for high school and college students.

 

LPS Academy student Anthony Marks helped offer tours of the new school and also spoke on the official program, thanking the audience for providing him the opportunity to follow his dream of engineering: “I’m ready to get started, I’m excited about getting started.”

 

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel proclaimed “there is no career academy model like this in America….We have partnered academic institutions, brought in business organizations and industry that had needs, but also had a willingness to support this Academy with resources, mentorships and internships. We wouldn’t be here today if they weren’t willing to roll up their sleeves and imagine this dream…This will be a game changer and a difference maker in the lives of our kids.”

 

Dan Hohensee, director of The Career Academy, said: “This will serve as a connection between academics and the real world.”

 

Great comments from the morning:

  • Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts: “This is a wonderful celebration of a variety of things…helping make sure we have the 21st century work force in Nebraska…But ultimately the best thing about this new Academy is what it’s going to do for our kids: Give them an opportunity to have that great career.”
  • U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer: “This is an innovative, entrepreneurial program, and we can only imagine what it will be like in a few more years.”
  • Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler: “This Academy represents one more instance, an example of where public democratic institutions work with private sector forces – to make great things happen.”
  • Paul Illich, president of Southeast Community College: “This will not just change Lincoln, it will charge the entire area of southeast Nebraska.”
  • Lanny Boswell, a member of the Lincoln Board of Education and a member of the joint LPS-SCC Career Academy Board, said research indicates that students who have personal meaningful connections to school are more likely to graduate on time, “and The Career Academy provides a new way for students to connect with school.”
  • Dale Kruse, a member of the SCC Board and joint LPS-SCC Board: “I believe this also contributes to keeping our young people here in Nebraska.”
  • Kevin Keller, Union Bank: “Today we celebrate the beginning of a student’s journey into a new career….They have a spark and it is our job to help them…to help fuel the fire they have within…. The Career Academy represents the best of our community…all joining their hands together…to help students into their future.”
  • Nick Cusick, co-founder and CEO of IMSCORP – and one of the first to suggest a notion for the Academy – stressed that the success of the community and country depends on the success of every student – and every student has unique learning needs: “I applaud LPS and SCC for their vision to make this possible….I applaud students and families who have made the choice to attend this Academy...I applaud my fellow businesses who have stepped forward.”
  • Wendy Van, president of the Foundation for LPS, noted that Monday’s audience was filled with “noble men and women…Each of you believe in the children of Lincoln, NE…and what they are capable of…and we thank you.”


Published: August 10, 2015, Updated: August 10, 2015

"We have partnered academic institutions, brought in business organizations and industry that had needs, but also had a willingness to support this Academy with resources, mentorships and internships. We wouldn’t be here today if they weren’t willing to roll up their sleeves and imagine this dream…"

Steve Joel, Superintendent

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