2004 Public/Private Partnership Awards

City of Cleveland and Oracle Corporation

In May 2003, the City of Cleveland and Oracle identified how technology training could be quickly introduced to high schools across the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD) and, at the same time, address the "Digital Divide".

The Oracle Internet Academy is designed to educate students ages 16 to 19 in the latest information technologies. Upon completing the Academy, students possess basic database and Java programming skills, as well as skills in interviewing, presentation, collaboration, problem solving, and curriculum vitae preparation. Furthermore, unlike most high school graduates, Academy students could potentially graduate with Advanced Placement (AP) college credit and a passing score on an industry-recognized certification exam.

In this strategic partnership between Oracle, the City of Cleveland, and the Cleveland Municipal School District, the Oracle Internet Academy is being rolled out to all 18 high schools in the CMSD. Oracle has worked with participating schools to provide extensive teacher training, ongoing professional development, support, state-of-the-art curriculum, and an online learning and development environment. The total value of Oracle's in-kind grant to the CMSD was $2.1 million.

Perhaps the most exciting dimension of the program for the CMSD and its participating teachers is the 130 hours of high-quality professional development that Oracle provides. Oracle uses a combination of online and in-class training methods, facilited by the corporation's top technical instructors, to personally ramp-up teachers to deploy the Academy curriculum in their respective schools.

Starting in the Fall of 2003, over 500 students across the CMSD will be developing database and Java skills via the City of Cleveland/Oracle partnership. Upon graduating from the Academy, these students will become extremely well positioned for college placement and/or entry into the workforce.