Stark State College Akron

Stark State Akron renderingStark State College – along with the City of Akron, County of Summit, State of Ohio and Greater Akron Chamber – recently announced plans for Stark State College Akron, a new education and workforce training center to be constructed on 11 acres of property along Route 8 at the Perkins Street exit, with access from East Market Street.

The 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will take approximately two years to complete and provides plentiful, proximate parking; a convenient downtown location right off of Route 8 for students from anywhere in Summit and the region; and Metro public transportation access.

Stark State and the City of Akron signed a letter of understanding to enter into a lease-purchase agreement, subject to approval by Stark State’s Board of Trustees and Akron City

proposed Akron site locationCouncil, whereby the College will pay $47,469 each year for 20 years, for a total purchase price of $949,380 for the city-owned property. The State of Ohio is providing $6.5 million in capital funding for the project, including $500,000 in community capital funds, requested for the project by the Greater Akron Chamber and approved by the General Assembly. Stark State’s Board has set aside $5 million in college reserves to fund the Akron project.

Stark State College Akron will provide affordable, quality associate degrees and certificates that lead to careers in high-growth, high-demand fields to benefit students, businesses and Greater Akron communities,” said Stark State President Para M. Jones, Ph.D. “Thanks to the leadership and commitment of Mayor Horrigan and the City of Akron and County Executive Russ Pry and Summit County officials, students of all ages will have access to educational opportunities that provide pathways to prosperity for them and their families and businesses in the region will have the well-educated and technically proficient workforce they need. The result is economic development for all.”

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Get answers to your questions

  • Construction of the permanent facility will take about two years to complete.
  • In the meantime, Stark State offers classes online, so you can start now!
  • Or consider Stark State’s Barberton Satellite or main campus in North Canton. You can always get started at other locations until SSC Akron opens.
  • Stark State is considering a temporary location that may be available as early as late fall. Stay tuned to our website for updates and information as the details unfold.
  • Stark State College is committed to offering degrees and certificates that will best meet the needs of our students and the demands of the workforce.
  • The College is currently working through the process of curriculum selection, and in the meantime, please visit our website for a complete listing of online offerings and current offerings at Barberton and main campus. As the curriculum is determined, we’ll post options and updates at, so you can plan ahead.
  • Stark State College Akron will be located on one of the most active Metro lines, and will have onsite parking.
  • If you’re interested in starting before the location is open, there is service to our other locations. Please visit SARTA’s or Metro’s websites for information on timing and routes.
  • Community colleges fully collaborate and enhance the community. Located in accessible areas with affordable, high-quality programming, community colleges, like Stark State, exist to help residents gain the skills they need to secure a job in a high-demand, high-growth field and to help business and industry secure the talented workforce they need to operate.
  • Regardless of what stage of life you are in, community colleges can be the solution to underemployment and unemployment. Earning an industry credential, certificate or associate degree can improve job prospects and quality of life. Community colleges also offer transfer opportunities to many universities and colleges, so students can complete their bachelor’s degrees and more
  • Stark State College is the 4th largest of the 23 community colleges in Ohio, employing 1,100 full- and part-time employees.

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