Stark State Renews Agreement with APS

Stark State Renews Sister College Agreement with APS
Posted on 09/14/2021
AKRON, Ohio (September 14, 2021) – Akron Public Schools (APS) announced yesterday a three-year renewal of the sister college agreement between Stark State College (Stark State) and Kenmore-Garfield High School.  As a sister college, Stark State will continue to give support and provide resources to APS students as they explore various college and career options. Stark State will work with teachers at Kenmore-Garfield to develop career-themed classroom content; design and present “problem-based" learning opportunities; provide parent and student workshops and assistance on the college admissions process; and offer valuable enrichment opportunities.

"Our scholars are truly benefitting from this partnership, so APS is extremely pleased to see Stark State College continuing its status as a sister college to Kenmore-Garfield. The contributions they have made have contributed to the growth and development of many of our students," said Akron Public Schools Superintendent Christine Fowler Mack.

“Stark State College is proud to continue working with Kenmore-Garfield as a ‘sister school’ to support college and career readiness and success for all students” said Stark State College President Para M. Jones, Ph.D. “Our partnership with APS students, teachers, parents and staff helped create an innovative IT pathway for Kenmore-Garfield students. Starting with College Credit Plus, students can affordably and conveniently earn associate and bachelor degrees in high-growth, high-demand IT fields that lead to excellent careers in the region.”

The collaboration between Akron Public Schools and Stark State College was formed with the help of United Way of Summit & Medina. United Way serves as a link between the College and Career Academies of Akron and local businesses to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students and to strengthen the education to employment pipeline in Summit County.

“We are extremely grateful to Stark State for reaffirming their commitment to our community’s future,” said Jim Mullen, president and CEO of United Way of Summit & Medina. “When students graduate high school ready to take the next step – whether that’s college or a career – they’re better prepared to build stable lives, healthy families and rewarding careers.”

APS was designated a Ford Next Generation Learning Community in May 2017. Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, is supporting the transformation of public high schools into career-themed academies to better prepare students for college and professional success in today's competitive global economy. College and Career Academies of Akron are supported by the following key strategic partners: GAR Foundation, United Way of Summit & Medina, ConxusNEO, Summit Education Initiative, and Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce.

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