Profile of Stark State College
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Stark State College is committed to preparing our students for career success in a competitive, sophisticated economy. Our graduates are in demand by employers who recognize their high skill level and readiness to succeed.
Our students receive a high-quality education at an affordable cost. It’s a formula that works, thanks to our
- dedicated, experienced faculty
- convenience, efficiency and affordability
- mission of access, student success and economic development.
Stark State is the largest of Stark County’s colleges and universities, and the sixth largest of Ohio’s 23 public two-year colleges in the University System of Ohio. We offer more than 230 associate degrees, options, one-year and career enhancement certificates in business and entrepreneurial studies; education and human services; engineering, industrial and emerging technologies; health sciences; information technologies; liberal arts; math; and sciences.
The College awards associate of arts, associate of science, associate of applied science, associate of applied business and associate of technical studies degrees. We also offer associate degrees in conjunction with Kent State University. Our wide range of short-term career enhancement certificates help employees improve skills and gain a competitive edge in a marketplace of rapidly changing technology, and can lead to one-year certificates and associate degrees in a variety of fields.
AFFORDABLE, TRANSFERABLE EDUCATION
Students often get their start at Stark State through our affordability and transferability. The associate of arts (AA) and associate of science (AS) degrees open pathways for graduates to pursue a baccalaureate degree in virtually any area of study.
Stark State offers a transfer module of 37-39 semester hours of credit courses guaranteed to transfer to all state-supported colleges and universities in Ohio. The College also has more than 30 degree transfer agreements with universities and colleges, allowing our students to move smoothly from associate degree programs into baccalaureate degree programs.
Not only does Stark State maintain a low tuition rate, our knowledgeable financial aid specialists help students explore the many grants, loans and scholarships that can help finance their education. Approximately 70% of all Stark State students receive some form of financial aid.
PARTNERS IN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Well-respected in the community, Stark State College plays a vital role in the economic growth and development of the region through its strong tradition of providing educational and training services to employers and residents. Our Division of Corporate Services and Continuing Education in North Canton’s Hoover District offers customized contract training programs to area employers and a wide range of continuing education courses, seminars and workshops to the community.
Our community and business partnerships also are vital to the area. An on-campus partnership with LG Fuel Cell Systems, Inc. positions Stark State as a leader in supporting fuel cell research, development and commercialization, while our partnership with The Timken Co. in a wind energy technology center gives our students applied research and training opportunities. These collaborations also fuel economic development, creating new industries and jobs for Stark County.
Canton Mayor William Healy II has said he’s amazed at “how flexible Stark State is in being able to quickly ramp up to meet the needs of current and potential employers. Stark State is one of the greatest assets I have in selling Stark County to potential businesses.”
FACILITIES THAT SERVE OUR COMMUNITY
The College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic provides services to area residents at reduced rates by students-in-training under the expert supervision of dentists and faculty members. The Massage Therapy Clinic offers the community affordable therapeutic massage while providing our massage therapy students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a supervised setting.
Several new sustainably progressive buildings have opened in recent years to accommodate Stark State’s rapid growth. Our new LEED-certified Business and Entrepreneurial Studies building, for instance, is a 47,700-square-foot home to more than 30 degrees, options and certificates in accounting, business management, corporate finance, entrepreneurship, marketing management and other programs, along with a business incubator program.
A $9 million health sciences building accommodates the region’s growing need for highly skilled health care workers. The W.R. Timken Center for Information Technology houses the information technology and engineering technology majors. The Ralph Regula Wellness and Therapy Center is an educational center for students studying physical therapy assisting and occupational therapy assisting. The Automotive Technology Center, located off-campus on Whipple Avenue is a 40,000-square-foot facility housing the automotive and transportation technologies, and a new site in downtown Canton for second-year automotive technology students has allowed the program to expand to meet community demand.
EXPERIENCED, CREDENTIALED FACULTY SERVE OUR DIVERSE STUDENTS
The average Stark State student fits the profile of the typical two-year college student in the nation: 60% of SSC students are female, 65% attend college part time, 24% are minorities and 42% are the first generation in their families to attend college. The average age of Stark State’s students is 29, and the majority of our students hold jobs while in school.
The College has more than 200 full-time faculty and more than 500 adjunct faculty. More than 60% of the College’s full-time faculty members have master’s degrees and 12% have doctorate degrees. The fact that many instructors and professors are hired with extensive expertise in their fields strengthens the College curriculum and provides students greater opportunity for “real world” application of both technical and general knowledge in their majors.
Our advisory committee system means 300 individuals representing more than 170 companies and organizations review curriculum and provide input on current trends in their industries.
Stark State College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Many technology programs also are accredited by their respective licensing/accrediting organizations.
Stark State is located in northern Stark County adjacent to Interstate 77, conveniently located for students from Stark, Carroll, Columbiana, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties. Satellite centers are located in Alliance, Barberton, Carrollton and Downtown Canton.