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Stark State to Expand Partnerships and Programming in Summit County

Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

Stark State College is adding two Summit County residents to its board of trustees and more programs to complement a truck driving school opening in early 2019.  With the opening of its new Akron campus later this month, Stark State is expanding its relationships with businesses and governments in Summit.

The school’s seven-member board of trustees will add and fill two seats with Summit residents — one appointed by Gov. John Kasich and the other by the Stark County Educational Service Center.  Current trustees hope to have the new board members appointed by November, after a new state law goes into effect that allows for community colleges to formally expand their footprints.

Stark State, which offers two-year associate degrees and certification programs, has its main campus in Jackson Township. Classes there and at the new campus in Akron, just west of state Route 8 north of the University of Akron, will begin Aug. 27.

Stark State President Para Jones said Tuesday in a meeting with a Beacon Journal reporter and editors that the new trustees likely will be selected from the board of the Stark State Foundation or Akron Advisory Council membership.

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