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Catalyst | Connector | Cornerstone

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Stark Education Partnership is a catalyst, engaging and collaborating with education, business, civic and community stakeholders to drive sustainable improvement and innovation to provide all students with education and career success.

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To build generations of successful individuals who fulfill their potential and grow roots in Stark County.

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SEP serves education, business, and community organizations in the Stark County region as a connector and partner. SEP collaborates with local foundations to ensure a continued focus on meeting emerging needs and works in complementary fashion with other nonprofits throughout the region.


Actions Impact "Louder" Than Words

Issues (December 2, 2022) – Our society is built on relationships, and teaching is no different. Teaching is an interaction – the outcome of which is learning. An interaction includes what early educators call a "serve and return", thus, for there to be high-impact learning, there must also be engagement...

What You Don't Know About the FAFSA®

Issues (November 11, 2022) – The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is the application for federal financial aid for college and post-secondary training. It also may help you qualify for financial aid from the state of Ohio and at institutions of your choice. The form is free, and it could save you thousands...

Bridging the Relevance Gap for Students and Stark County – the Why and How

Issues (October 28, 2022) – Giving Students the "Why" Behind Their Education. Employers across Stark County, Ohio, and the U.S. are struggling to find workers with the right skills for their needs, even when utilizing considerable resources to find the right talent. At the same time, many students often are not offered...

Are Students Aware of Careers at YOUR Organizanization?

Issues (October 14, 2022) – Employers across Stark County have an exciting opportunity to connect students to career opportunities and their best-fit future! At the same time, this opportunity will highlight the amazing array of careers available locally, influencing our young workforce talent to consider remaining in Stark County...

Manufacturing Day: High schoolers get first-hand glimpse of workforce jobs

The Repository (October 7, 2022) – Students from seven area high schools got an introduction to potential careers in manufacturing. The Stark County Manufacturing Workforce Development Partnership partnered with other business groups and 15 area companies to coordinate student tours Thursday at different...

SEP Welcomes New Board Members

Issues (September 30, 2022) – Following the adoption of our Pathways to Opportunities strategic plan in Spring 2022, Stark Education Partnership underwent a change in board composition that reflects our new strategic priorities and direction. The board now has three appointees from area foundations, two appointees from...

Focus on Student Achievement

The Repository (August 8, 2022) – The Stark Education Partnership is teaming with economic development and business groups on a plan to help prepare students for a future in Stark County. The goal is to reverse trends that indicate Stark County's population is getting smaller, growing older and becoming poorer. A revised strategic... 

SEP Embraces New Strategic Plan

Issues (June 10, 2022) – In fall and winter of 2021-2022, the Stark Education Partnership’s (SEP) new president, John Richard, met with over 75 individual stakeholders and organizations in a series of listening sessions and workgroups that helped shape a new strategic direction. The overarching message from a diverse array of..

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Our schools and businesses
are very excited for the work that SEP is doing to help students learn about career paths that fit their skills and interests – and then connecting those students with local businesses that have jobs matching those skills and interest. SEP is helping
Alliance meet our biggest need, workforce development.  

– Rick Baxter

Alliance Area Development

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You see organizations that get things done...the Stark Education Partnership is a shining star in this effort. They connect, collaborate and bridge education with our efforts. Having an organization like the Stark Education Partnership is critical in providing future talent for
our businesses.

– Ray Hexamer 

Stark Economic Development Board

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[We] are excited to partner with SEP in providing Alliance and Marlington students a real opportunity for success... Area students will be able to stay in Stark County to work and prosper upon graduating. It won’t be long before Stark County's workforce is younger and stronger thanks to SEP’s YouScience initiative.

– Doug Schwarz 

Greater Alliance Foundation