Soon-to-be graduate Ken Lancaster came to Stark State at age 55 to “recreate” himself, he said. That was two years ago and soon he’ll have an associate degree in health and human services in hand on his way to baccalaureate studies at Malone University.
But he didn’t do it alone, he said at a recent legislators’ breakfast hosted by Stark State President Para Jones. SSC’s faculty, staff and administration, along with area legislators and other public officials, all had a hand in his successful start at Stark State. “It was not just me who did this,” he said. “I want to thank everyone for their part.”
Two dozen legislators attended the event, where Dr. Jones detailed the reason for the College’s achievements: talented, committed faculty; convenience, efficiency and affordability; and a mission of access, student success and economic development.
Two other students told the audience they appreciated the fact that Stark State provides low-cost, high-quality education. Amber Hall, working on a double major in dental hygiene and marketing management, found her fit at SSC after a stint at a large university. Dylan Curtis, who hails from Canada, transferred his accounting credits to Stark State in large part due to affordability and the ability he’ll have to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program with plans to earn a master’s degree and CPA certification.
Local legislators also had good reports about the College. “It’s amazing how flexible Stark State is in being able to quickly ramp up to meet the needs of current and potential employers,” said William Healy II, Canton mayor. “Stark State is one of the greatest assets I have in selling Stark County to potential businesses.”
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