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May 20, 2016
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The Ohio Academy of Science awarded $31,000 in awards and scholarships to eleven Stark-area students at Believe in Ohio's recent state competition - a student entrepreneurship program to develop Ohio's next generation of STEM innovators. View the Class of 2016 album for a complete listing of this year's winners
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Degree Progress in Canton-Massillon Area

According to a Pew Research Center study[1] comparing data from the Census Bureau (2000) and the American Community Survey (ACS) in 2014, the middle class in the Canton-Massillon area - along with 80% of metropolitan areas around the country - is shrinking. The findings underscore the increasing 
significance and need for an education as a means to a better job and quality of life for Stark residents. 

While data in Canton-Massillon mirror a larger national trend, there are some 
key points of growth as well. For one, more Canton-Massillon residents graduated high school in 2014 than 2000. The percentage of area residents who have less than a high school diploma decreased six percentage points from
17% in 2000, to 11% in 2014. Moreover, a larger percentage of area residents earned a bachelor's degree. Earned bachelor's degrees increased three percentage points for residents 18 years or older to 19% in 2014. The ACS 2014 data also showed a 3.6% increase in associate degrees across Stark County.[2]

Years of research show that education positively impacts people in poverty.[3] Hope, drive and the vision of a better life are possible for graduates across Stark County.

[1] Pew Research Center. America's Shrinking Middle Class: A Close Look At Changes Within Metropolitan Areas.
[2] February 2016. Stark County's Significant Educational Progress
[3] Parrett, William H. and Kathleen M. Budge. 2012. Turning High-Poverty Schools into High Performing Schools
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