Since 2010, CMT has played a vital role in The Academies of Nashville, innovative learning communities within metro-area high schools that allow students to learn through the lens of a career or academic theme. Matched with the Academy of Digital Design & Communication at McGavock High School, CMT has seen more than half of its employees volunteer over 2,000 hours of their time. CMT volunteers have lent their expertise in and out of the classroom, including the network’s creative team teaching the relevance of geometry to the design process and the engineering team rewiring the school auditorium.
In the past year, CMT became the official naming partner for what is now known as the CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication, earning that honor by donating more than $100,000 in in-kind contributions, which is predominantly comprised of volunteer hours. The National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) certified the CMT Academy with model status in its first year, a rare distinction. The NCAC also named CMT the Exemplary Partner of the Year and featured the CMT partnership at the keynote presentation at its annual conference. In addition, CMT was cited by The Academies of Nashville as the 2012 winner of the Externship Project of the Year and Academy of the Year.
Most importantly, students are responding to the Academies program. Since CMT began its involvement in 2010, McGavock High School has had a 10 percent increase in graduation rates, a 3 percent rise in ACT scores and its district’s largest gains in math scores.
“The CMT family is deeply invested in our high school transformation. I am very grateful to have people like you working alongside me and my team. I cannot express the influence you have in our students’ lives.”
Jay Steele, Chief Academic Officer, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools