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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.


Teens, Cellphones, and Social Media

Issues (January 27, 2023) – As Stark Education Partnership shifted focus over the past year to career connected learning, we had the opportunity to hear from both school and business employees. While connecting local education and workforce entities, we consistently heard about the lack of social and life skills...

Heart of Stark: Stark County’s new career guided learning initiative

The Repository (January 16, 2023) – Students throughout Stark County will experience a new type of learning curriculum this year as Stark Education Partnership (SEP) kicks off its career-connected learning program. High school and middle school students from...

Local Businesses Partner with Schools to Offer Career-Connected Experiences

Issues (January 6, 2022) – Stark Education Partnership (SEP) is poised and ready to support Stark County schools and businesses as they collaborate to engage students in quality work-based learning experiences – and it begins this semester! Students in Alliance City, Marlington Local, Osnaburg Local, Tuslaw Local...

Bringing Relevance to Students through Career Connected Learning

Issues (December 16, 2022) – Students in Stark County will begin to experience a career focus as they return to classrooms at the beginning of 2023. Partners from four public school districts and one nonpublic Christian school will collaborate with Stark Education Partnership (SEP) to begin offering a career...

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...​

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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

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