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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.


Stark Tank leaves a lasting impact on Sharks, Teachers, and Students

Issues (June 2, 2023) – Stark Tank is an entrepreneurial challenge modeled after the television show Shark Tank. Our Stark area program – in its 4th year – is made possible through the generous support of local entrepreneurs and is coordinated by the Stark Education Partnership. Additional support is also provided by Junior...

College, Work, or the Military - Where Do Students Go After High School?

Issues (May 19, 2023) – High school graduation season is upon us, and the graduating seniors are moving quickly into the next exciting – and sometimes uncertain – phase of life. For most, the big decision is whether to attend a college or university, start working immediately, or enter the military. Each has its pros and cons...

In-Demand Jobs: Statewide & Locally

Issues (May 5, 2023) – Stark Education Partnership celebrates In-Demand Jobs Week! Hosted by the State of Ohio and local workforce organizations, this annual celebration promotes fast-growing, societally essential career fields. Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted are connecting Ohioans to high priority...

Engaging Youth in Entrepreneurship

Issues (April 21, 2023) – The Stark County Minority Business Association (SCMBA) was formed in 2008 as a volunteer organization by Will Dent, Bob Fisher, and Mel Gravely for minority businesses to network and discuss business opportunities and challenges. Today, with over 300 member businesses, the association positively...

Stark’s High Demand Job Sectors Abound in Opportunity 

Issues (April 7, 2023) – Ohio is a hotbed for corporate innovation and economic vitality. It’s true! With its momentous groundbreaking in February 2023, the new Intel facility to be built in Licking County promises jobs for upwards of 3,000 employees – engineers, technicians, and other administrative positions with...

Empowering Stark's Students: The Impact of AmeriCorps College and Career Guides

Issues (March 24, 2023) – This year, Stark Education Partnership is the host site for three AmeriCorps College and Career Guides – placed in Alliance, Canton, and Massillon high schools. The program puts recent college graduates into urban schools as "near-peers" to help students prepare for a successful future beyond...

Videos Show Students Real-World Connections to Local Career Opportunities

Issues (March 10, 2023) – Are You Aware of What's Available in Stark County? As adults, how many times have you driven by a business and thought, “I wonder what they do?” Our lack of awareness is likely the result of a busy schedule preventing us from searching out the information and the fact that the information does not...

Planning for Our Student's Future

Issues (February 24, 2023) – Tom Botzman, a Familiar Face. After thirty-two years of service as a college professor, vice president for business, and president for nine years at two universities, I decided to retire from full-time work in 2022. It was a privilege to be a part of educating students for so many years...

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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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