Akron Public Schools has announced that Stark State College will serve as a sister college to Kenmore-Garfield High School. The partnership is one of many community connections made by the schools’ new College & Career Academies, which will offer more than 50 career tracks for students with the hopes of them finishing high school “enrolled, employed or enlisted.”
As a sister college, Stark State College will offer support and resources to Akron Public Schools students as they explore various college and career options. The college 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.
“We are thrilled that Stark State College has agreed to be the first named partner for Kenmore-Garfield High School,” said David James, superintendent of Akron Public Schools. “Its partnership will enhance the academic experience for our students and guide students and families on a path toward higher learning.”
Kenmore-Garfield Principal Kathryn Rodocker said, “Whether a student’s path is employment, enrollment in college or enlistment in the military, Stark State College will help ensure that he or she is prepared.”
“We welcome this new partnership with Akron Public Schools as an extension of our current collaborative efforts with the district,” said Stark State College President Para M. Jones, Ph.D. “Stark State College is proud to work with Kenmore-Garfield as a ‘sister school’ to support college and career readiness and success for all students. We look forward to working with students, teachers, parents and staff to achieve these important goals, which align with APS career academy goals and the economic development plan for Akron and Summit County.”
The partnership between Akron Public Schools and Stark State College was formed with the help of United Way of Summit County. Last year, the schools announced that United Way would serve as a link between the College & 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.
“This partnership represents an incredible opportunity,” said Jim Mullen, president and CEO of United Way of Summit County. “More than ever before, postsecondary education and career training are essential to the success of our youth. By helping prepare the students of Kenmore-Garfield for college, Stark State is bringing them one step closer to a successful career, a stable livelihood and the chance to make their mark on the future of our community.”
Last year, Akron Public Schools was designated a Ford Next Generation Learning Community. 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 & Career Academies of Akron are supported by the following key strategic partners: GAR Foundation, United Way of Summit County, ConxusNEO, Summit Education Initiative and Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce.