Welcome, Dimitrios Kriaras!


Oakmont Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Dimitrios Kriaris as the new President of the organization effective September 1st, 2023.

Dimitrios Kriaris brings with him over two decades of invaluable experience in higher education, having held significant leadership positions as Chief Operating Officer, President, and Chief Executive Officer within colleges and universities. His deep-rooted commitment to student success and innovative approach to education has proven transformative for students across various career stages.

“Mr. Kriaris’ extensive experience and visionary leadership make him an excellent fit for the role of President at Oakmont Education,” said John Stack, Founder, President, and CEO of Oakmont Education. “We are confident that his dynamic leadership style, industry relationships, and dedication to shaping the future of education will significantly contribute to our mission of empowering under-resourced opportunity youth.”

John Stack, who founded Oakmont Education and has served as its President and CEO, will remain actively engaged as the CEO of Oakmont Education. John’s steadfast leadership and vision have been instrumental in shaping the organization into what it is today, and he will continue to guide Oakmont toward even greater achievements. “I am excited to welcome Dimitrios to the Oakmont team,” Stack commented. “His arrival as President will undoubtedly strengthen our commitment to providing quality education and transforming the lives of our students.”

Micro-credentials: Skills for the Future!
Liberty High School is leading the pack!


Oakmont Education was honored to be included in the first wave of innovative community partners to participate in this pipeline with special emphasis on our resiliency program.

University of Dayton Staff and graduates of IACT (Institute of Applied Creativity and Transformation) are now assisting Liberty High School with a pilot project that enhances resiliency.

IACT is training Beatrice Keaton, by providing student facilitators and covering the cost of a micro-credential curriculum which offer students the ability to earn badges in 3 micro-credential areas: Resiliency (includes the capacity to learn from experience and focus on solutions), Initiative (includes self-efficacy and the capacity to identify needs and respond proactively), and Collaboration (includes the capacity to work productively with different individuals and groups toward a common goal).

Liberty High School students who are concurrently enrolled in YouthBuild Dayton will be earning these three micro-credential badges by the end of the year. These badges in creative skills can then be added immediately to resumes and LinkedIn profiles, demonstrating to employers their applied creativity skills and setting them apart from other candidates.

Check out this video to learn more about the program!

The Tools to Teach: Thank you, Lacquer Gallery!


A huge thank you to our partners at Lacquer Gallery who donated Regent High School Nail Tech Program's opening supply of nail polishes! Over five cases were delivered to the school in December! We are grateful for the tools to teach our students a skill for life!

Owner, Lisa Suarez’s Lacquer Gallery has grown from a crew of two to a gang of over sixty talented and vivacious artists dedicated to celebrating everyone in all their beauty and diversity. Hand-picked specialists offer all the latest trending beauty treatments. Whether your style is edgy, bohemian, classy or chic, they can pair you with someone who has mastered your look.

Lacquer Gallery’s lovingly-curated, multiple spaces are a premier venue displaying art, jewelry, and hand-crafted products from Columbus’ finest artists and female-owned businesses.



Employee Spotlight


This newsletter’s employee spotlight is Oakmont’s Vice President of Career Tech, Dr. Jerry Farley.

Childhood memory: Playing wiffle ball in the alley with my big brother.

Food: Steamed Blue Crabs

Book: Tattoos on the Heart - by Gregory Boyle

Favorite Holiday: Memorial Day

Favorite Artist or Sports Team: Carolina Panthers

Vacation destination: Catalina Island, California

What is your ‘Why’?

I can't think of anything more powerful than lifting young adults out of generational poverty...that's ultimately what CTE should do.