Stark State College of Technology
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|Stark State College|
|Motto||Changing Lives ... Building Futures|
|President||Dr. Para Jones|
|Location||Jackson Township, Ohio, U.S.|
|Former names||Stark State College of Technology
Stark County Technical Institute
Stark State Technical Institute
Stark Technical College
|Colors||Red (PMS 199) and Blue (PMS 287)|
Stark State College, also known as Stark State, is a public college located in Stark County, Ohio. The school offers 230 majors, options, one-year certificates and career enhancement certificates. Approximately 4,000 noncredit students are enrolled in continuing education and contract training activities. As of fall 2012 the enrollment is 15,672.
Stark State College prepares individuals to enter fields in the liberal arts, business and entrepreneurial studies, health sciences, engineering technologies, information technologies, education and human services, math and sciences. SSC awards degrees of associate of arts, associate of science, associate of applied science, associate of applied business and associate of technical studies.
Stark State is co-located on 200 acres (0.81 km2) shared with Kent State University at Stark in Jackson Township near North Canton, Ohio. Stark State also owns 42 acres (170,000 m2) on the corner of Frank and Mega roads, used primarily for parking. Recently the college expanded the campus by six buildings and 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2). Stark State also offers classes at satellite campuses in Alliance, Barberton, Carrollton, Downtown Canton, Massillon, Navarre, Plain Township, Portage Lakes and Uniontown/Hartville (starkstate.edu)
Upward Bound Math-Science Academy 
Stark State participates in the Upward Bound Math-Science Academy (UBMS) which is a college-preparatory program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Stark State College. The Academy includes year-round academic support and a summer program that provides academic, career and social enrichment to students considering careers in the science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) fields. Upward Bound is available to Canton City School students in grades 9-12. Stark State also provides a program that supports and pays Stark State students to mentor those in the UBMS Academy.
Disability Services 
Stark State College provides assistance to students with disabilities to maximize educational opportunities and individual potential. The disability support services staff assists students with disabilities by providing academic support services; admissions procedures; financial aid information; and academic, personal and career counseling. The campus includes many accessible features, such as adapted restrooms, electric doors, handicapped parking (by permit) and Braille tactual room signs. Students must inform disability support services of their need for accommodation prior to the start of their coursework. Students must provide documentation of their disability, test reports and school records to help the disability support services coordinator provide appropriate academic accommodation and support services. A preadmission interview prior to applying to the college is suggested.
Clayton G. Horn, Samuel Krugliak and Ralph Regula were the leading figures in the founding of Stark State College in 1960. The College originally was named Stark County Technical Institute and over the years, renamed Stark State Technical Institute and Stark Technical College. In 1996, the College was renamed Stark State College of Technology and, most recently, renamed as Stark State College (citation: http://www.starkstate.edu/?q=news/spring-enrollment-name-change).
Open Door Policy 
Stark State's open door admission policy allows any high school student or graduate (or GED or equivalent) to enroll, but not in a specific degree programs. Normal admission is open to anyone who is a high school graduate or an equivalent, completes the enrollment procedures, and pays the fees for admission. This is exclusive of academic record or placement testing results. This open door policy does not deny specific technology departments the right to require preliminary training or talent.
Stark State College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. In addition, a number of its specific programs are separately accredited by organizations in their respective fields.
Fuels-Cell Research at Stark State 
Stark State College constructed a $4.7 million Fuel Cell Prototyping Center in the fall of 2006. The Center is designed for use by emerging and fuel cell-related technology companies to assist them in pre-commercialization prototyping and demonstration stages of the development of fuel cell-based power generation systems.
The charter tenant in the Fuel Cell Prototyping Center was SOFCO and Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems (US) Inc, now LG Fuel Cell Systems. A fuel cell is a stand-alone generator much like a battery; it can create its own power from electrochemical reduction. Stark State offers a fuel cell technology option, one-year technical certificate, certificate of competency and scholarship as part of the mechanical engineering technology program.
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