A billboard sign dominates the rooftop of 476 Lexington Pkwy N in St Paul’s Midway. As the faces of Summit Academy’s students look out onto University Avenue, one can sense the hope that opportunity engenders. Located in North Minneapolis, 74% of the school’s students are students of color, 51% African American. Honoring the legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Rev. Leon Sullivan, whose focus was the creation of job training opportunities, students attend the school with no out-of-pocket expenses as over 74% are low-income. Students can receive GEDs as well as vocational training for areas such as construction and healthcare, creating a pipeline for a skilled and motivated workforce that strengthens Minnesota’s economy and addresses expected shortages across multiple industries.