Stark State Akron will offer classes in January

SSC Akron Temporary Location

SSC Akron’s temporary site at 755 White Pond Dr.

Stark State College announces the opening of a temporary site at 755 White Pond Dr. in Akron, where the College will begin offering classes in January 2017. The temporary site enables the College to serve student need and demand until the permanent Stark State College Akron facility at Perkins and Market streets is completed.

“We’ve received countless calls from interested students every week since making the announcement about Stark State College Akron last spring,” said President Para M. Jones, PhD. “This temporary location enables us to begin serving student needs immediately.”

Stark State will lease three of four floors (34,212 square feet) in the White Pond building, which already houses classrooms and laboratories, requiring minimal modification and capital investment by the College.

Don Mullen, department chair of accounting and finance and interim dean of business and information technology, has been named executive director of Stark State College Akron. Mullen is a lifelong Akron resident, retired Goodyear finance professional and active member of the community.

“I cannot imagine a more exciting opportunity than to bring Stark State College to my hometown, the Akron community,” Mullen said. “The community will benefit greatly from the quality associate degrees and certificates we offer in high-growth, high-demand fields at an affordable price.”

Stark State College Akron’s temporary site will operate day and evening classes Monday through Friday.

The College is preparing to announce enrollment days and admissions office hours, but students can register now for spring classes via or by calling 330-494-6170, ext. 4228. Akron-area residents are encouraged to enroll early as space is limited to the first 1,000 students. For more information, email

Stark State College Akron is designed to be a convenient location for students pursing complete programs in areas including accounting, associate of arts, business management, criminal justice, early childhood education/education, information technology and more. Certificates also will be offered in areas such as chemical dependency, accounting and information technology, and all Stark State College programs can be started at the Akron location.

Stark State also has partnered with Akron Children’s Hospital to offer several programs for the hospital’s employees.

The College in May joined the City of Akron, County of Summit, State of Ohio and Greater Akron Chamber in announcing 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 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will take approximately two years to complete and will provide 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.

“Our partnership with Stark State College has created positive energy in downtown and throughout our neighborhoods, specifically among residents looking forward to the opportunity to improve their lives through education and hands-on training,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. “I am happy to see Stark State College Akron have the ability to get started so soon.”

“The County of Summit has been working with Stark State College from the very beginning on bringing the community college mission to Akron,” said Summit County Executive, Ilene Shapiro.  “We are delighted that the temporary location will allow our residents to obtain this affordable, high-quality education even sooner.”

Stark State has been serving the needs of Akron and Summit County students and businesses for decades, with programs such as dental hygiene, funded by the Akron Dental Society and GAR Foundation, and the FirstEnergy lineworker and substation technician programs, developed by Stark State nearly 20 years ago and now expanded to 12 community colleges in five states.

Washington Monthly ranked Stark State College among the top 25 community colleges in the nation in serving adult learners. The College offers applied technology programs in information technology, health care, advanced manufacturing and other careers in high demand in the region. Additionally, the College has transferable programs in business, human and social services, education and more.