|Stark County P-16: Then and Now
On October 24, 2002, over 130 community leaders came together at the McKinley Grand Hotel in downtown Canton to consider the findings of a white paper called the Class of 2021.
That paper, authored by the Stark County P-16 Compact, took a hard and serious look at the county's education levels in relation to the state and nation, but it also went further. The Class of 2021 proposed a vision for the future that was centered on creating a seamless system of education, from preschool through college (P-16).
Leaders decided that day that in order to achieve that vision, two goals were paramount. These were to achieve a 100% high school graduation rate and to increase the number of students going on to college. In the ensuing years, members of the Stark County P-16 Compact have created and engaged a powerful network of networks to make both goals a reality. How has the community done?
Since 2000, Stark has also outpaced both the state and nation on growth in the percentage of its adults with associate and bachelors degrees, is outpacing the nation and matching the state on graduate and professional degrees. Other facts about education growth and plans for the future can be found in a new document, Stark County P-16: Then and Now at www.edpartner.org.
* Stark County residents of all ages. Source: U.S. Census Bureau
** Stark County residents 25, or older. Source: U.S. Census Bureau