Stark State College

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Stark State College
Stark State seal.svg
Former names
Stark State College of Technology
Stark County Technical Institute
Stark State Technical Institute
Stark Technical College
TypePublic community college
PresidentPara Jones
Location, ,
40°52′15″N 81°26′24″W / 40.8708°N 81.4400°W / 40.8708; -81.4400Coordinates: 40°52′15″N 81°26′24″W / 40.8708°N 81.4400°W / 40.8708; -81.4400
ColorsRed and blue
Stark State logo.svg

Stark State College, also known as Stark State, is a public college located in Stark County, Ohio, United States. 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 2016, the enrollment is 11,857.[1]

Stark State College offers courses in the fields of liberal arts, business and entrepreneurial studies, health sciences, engineering technologies, information technologies, education and human services, math and sciences. The school awards degrees of associate of arts, associate of science, associate of applied science, associate of applied business and associate of technical studies.


Clayton G. Horn, Samuel Krugliak, and Ralph Regula were the leading figures in the founding of Stark State College in 1960. The founding President was Fred A Yenny. 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.[2]


Kent State University Stark / Stark State entry from Frank Avenue

Stark State is located on 200 acres (81 ha) in Jackson Township near North Canton, Ohio. Stark State also owns 42 acres (17 ha) 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 and Downtown Canton.

Stark State College Akron[edit]

Kent State University Stark / Stark State entry from Frank Avenue

Stark State College opened a site at 755 White Pond Dr. in Akron, where the College began offering classes in January 2017. Stark State is currently leasing three of four floors (34,212 square feet) in the White Pond building, which already housed classrooms and laboratories and required minimal modification and capital investment by the College.[3]

Stark State College Akron’s permanent location along Route 8 at the Perkins Street exit is currently under construction. The 68,000-square-foot facility is scheduled for completion in March 2018, opening in Fall 2018.[4] Stark State plans to initially enroll 1,500 students, and anticipates enrolling 5,000 once construction is complete.[5]

As of May 2018, Stark State and the neighboring University of Akron were in discussions to allow "recipients of two-year degrees from Stark to transfer into the university's four-year programs."[5]


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.[6]

Fuel-cell research[edit]

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.

Upward Bound Math-Science Academy[edit]

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.


The college introduced its first new logo in 57 years on January 17, 2017. Stark State called the new logo, "a contemporary image intended to resonate with prospective students, now and into the future."[7]


  1. ^ "Headcount Enrollment at University System of Ohio Institutions, Fall 2007 to Fall 2016" (PDF). Ohio Department of Higher Education. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Stark State College Announces Record Spring Semester Enrollment and Name Change". Stark State College. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Stark State Akron will offer classes in January | Stark State College - North Canton, Ohio". Stark State College - North Canton, Ohio. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  4. ^ "Stark State College Akron | Stark State College - North Canton, Ohio". Stark State College - North Canton, Ohio. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  5. ^ a b Farkas, Karen. "University of Akron to collaborate with new neighbor Stark State College". Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Accreditations". Stark State College of Technology. Archived from the original on December 3, 2008. Retrieved December 3, 2008.
  7. ^ "Stark State College debuts new logo". Canton Repository. January 17, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2017.