Additional Three Years at Kenmore-Garfield

Stark State College Renews Sister College Agreement With APS
Posted on 09/16/2021
Image of APS logoAkron Public Schools (APS) announced a three-year renewal of the sister college agreement between Stark State College (Stark State) and Kenmore-Garfield High School. As a sister college, Stark State will continue to give support and provide resources to APS students as they explore various college and career options. Stark State will work with teachers at Kenmore-Garfield to develop career-themed classroom content; design and present “problem-based" learning opportunities; provide parent and student workshops and assistance on the college admissions process; and offer valuable enrichment opportunities.

"Our scholars are truly benefitting from this partnership, so APS is extremely pleased to see Stark State College continuing its status as a sister college to Kenmore-Garfield. The contributions they have made have contributed to the growth and development of many of our students," said Akron Public Schools Superintendent Christine Fowler Mack.

“Stark State College is proud to continue working with Kenmore-Garfield as a ‘sister school’ to support college and career readiness and success for all students” said Stark State College President Para M. Jones, Ph.D. “Our partnership with APS students, teachers, parents and staff helped create an innovative IT pathway for Kenmore-Garfield students. Starting with College Credit Plus, students can affordably and conveniently earn associate and bachelor degrees in high-growth, high-demand IT fields that lead to excellent careers in the region.”

The collaboration between Akron Public Schools and Stark State College was formed with the help of United Way of Summit & Medina. United Way serves as a link between the College and Career Academies of Akron and local businesses to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students and to strengthen the education to employment pipeline in Summit County.

“We are extremely grateful to Stark State for reaffirming their commitment to our community’s future,” said Jim Mullen, president and CEO of United Way of Summit & Medina. “When students graduate high school ready to take the next step – whether that’s college or a career – they’re better prepared to build stable lives, healthy families and rewarding careers.”

APS was designated a Ford Next Generation Learning Community in May 2017. Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, is supporting the transformation of public high schools into career-themed academies to better prepare students for college and professional success in today's competitive global economy. College and Career Academies of Akron are supported by the following key strategic partners: GAR Foundation, United Way of Summit & Medina, ConxusNEO, Summit Education Initiative, and Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce.

About Akron Public Schools:
Akron Public Schools (APS) enrolls more than 21,000 students and employs 3,000 teaching and non-teaching professionals in Northeastern Ohio. The district, one of the state's largest and most diverse, covers 62 square miles in a city of 195,000. APS educators are committed to rigorous teaching and learning, safe learning centers and community engagement to prepare young people to be well rounded and ready for the challenges of learning that follow in life. The goal of APS is to be the #1 urban school system in the United States. For more information about Akron Public Schools, visit

About Stark State College:
Stark State College focuses on affordable, quality higher education that propels students to career success or launches them toward advanced degrees. The College offers more than 230 associate degrees and certificates in business, education, engineering technologies, health, human and public services, information technology, liberal arts, mathematics, and sciences. Stark State also works closely with business and industry to train a skilled workforce in meeting talent pipeline needs for in-demand jobs. The College enrolls more than 14,000 students, about a quarter of whom are from the Akron area. Stark State College Akron is a new 50,000-square-foot, state–of-the-art facility at 360 Perkins St. Learn more at

About United Way of Summit & Medina:
United Way of Summit & Medina takes on the issues that matter most to children and families. We pursue Bold Goals through forward-thinking strategies, innovative programs and hands-on work in our community. We team up with private and public leaders, local businesses and thousands of volunteers from across our community to create change that matters. Together, we are hand raisers. Game changers. Because there’s a better future in store for our community, and the time is now to make it happen. Learn more at
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