The Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy (NEOIA) is a new STEM school created in partnership with Stark State College, Eastern Gateway Community College, Southwoods Surgical Hospital, The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Guarantee Clean Energy, the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce, and many others. In partnership, the Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy is a regional solution to addressing urgent gaps in skilled and qualified workforce and postsecondary students in the region. The school will have three (3) tracks/pathways initially: Energy, Medical/Health, and Digital, which will prepare students through transdisciplinary problem-based learning (TPBL), to pursue academic and/or career paths in these areas or any STEM-related field.
At the NEOIA we will be considered the cornerstone of the larger Community Literacy, Workforce and Cultural Center (CLWCC) project, which is a regional workforce and education solution. John Dewey said, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow”; at NEOIA we will not teach students the same as their parents and grandparents. Rather, we will focus on teaching student to exhibit the school’s habits of mind fashion as part of the school’s name “IMPACT”: Innovator, Motivator, Persevering, Adaptable, Critical Thinker, and Team Player.
I= Innovator We create solutions
M= Motivator We believe in each other
P= Persevering We never give up
A= Adaptable We are open minded
C= Critical Thinker We find solutions
T= Team Player We work together
At the Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy (NEOIA) we will emphasize the role of STEM in promoting innovation and economic progress, everyday and with every student, with a strong focus on infusing STEM throughout the curriculum. In that, the planning group, including school leaders, teachers and partners, have and will continue to work diligently to integrate STEM into the daily activities and coursework for student, while creating excitement about STEM academic and career paths through interdisciplinary hands-on and authentic learning experiences.
Initial recruit and service will be provided to students in grades 7 and 8 for the 2019-2020 school year. We will then add grades with additional cohorts until we reach full capacity of students in grades 7-12.