The Network Engineering program at Summit Technology Academy received the prestigious Excellence in Action award, which recognizes the best Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study across the nation. Summit Technology Academy was one of 11 selected as an “Excellence in Action” award winner based on its track record of providing clear pathways into college and careers, rigorous academic and technical coursework, strong partnerships with industry leaders and impactful work-based learning experiences that offer opportunities for career exploration and subject-matter mastery.
Summit Technology Academy received the award in the Information and Technology Career Cluster from Advance CTE. What started as a computer repair class 15 years ago has evolved into a state-of-the-art cybersecurity program. Bringing together 24 urban, suburban and rural high schools, this program provides students with real-world, hands-on experiences in an extensive, three-year internship program. Additionally, as part of the Missouri Innovation Campus, students can begin to earn their bachelor’s degree while still in high school, setting them on a seamless pathway from secondary to postsecondary education.
Shannan Booth, career education facilitator for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, accepted the honor at an award luncheon and reception as part of the Advance CTE spring meeting in Washington, D.C.
“Students can dependably find valuable work right away, right here,” said Elaine Metcalf, Summit Technology Academy director. “We create and grow a talent pipeline that keeps to its roots. Graduates learn within the Kansas City work culture; we don’t lose then to the coasts.”
“I am so proud of these exemplary programs and all they offer learners across the country,” said Kimberly Green, executive director of Advance CTE. “Boasting impressive graduation and completion rates, credential attainment and hands-on learning experiences, these programs demonstrate what high-quality CTE has to offer, and its ability to set students up for success across the spectrum of careers.”
Pictured at the awards ceremony are (from left) Shannan Booth of Lee’s Summit R-7; Blaine Henningsen, assistant commissioner, Office of College and Career Readiness, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; and Jo Anne Honeycutt, president, Advanced CTE.