West Side Education News & Notes
Stark State College opens Barberton Satellite Center
BARBERTON — Stark State College unveiled its latest satellite center Jan. 10 in the newly renovated former Ohio National Guard Armory in Barberton, a venture made in partnership with the Barberton Community Foundation.
Stark State joined the foundation in a 10-year lease agreement for the former armory at 664 Norton Ave. The foundation invested $1.8 million in infrastructure improvements while Stark State added $800,000 in equipment and furnishings. Larry Lallo, Barberton Community Foundation executive director, officially presented the building’s keys to Stark State President Para Jones during grand-opening ceremonies.
The college will use the 13,500-square-foot facility for an expanded lineup of course offerings in five distance-learning and general education classrooms and an Advanced Materials Joining Center that features 10 welding technology booths with space to expand as enrollment grows.
Classes in welding will be offered days, evenings and weekends, including Principles of Welding, Welding Lab, 3G Welding Certification Exam Prep, Prep for Gas Tungsten Arc Welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Titanium.
“The Barberton Satellite is the latest testament to Stark State’s long-time mission to provide an educated and technically proficient work force in Northeast Ohio,” Jones said. “The strong partnership we share with the Barberton Community Foundation has helped make it possible for us to even better meet the needs of Summit County residents, businesses and industries.”
Stark State has offered credit classes at Barberton High School, Lake Anna YMCA and the Barberton Library since 2008. Courses are offered in the arts and sciences, business, health sciences, engineering and information technologies.
“There was a need for work force development in this community, so we reached out to Stark State to see what we could do to help them with their goals and fulfill our mission,” said Lallo. “This move will be beneficial for the 20 percent of current Stark State students who live in Summit County as well as those residents who will now attend thanks to more convenient access. We’re very excited about this.”
More than 210 students are enrolled at the new satellite for the spring semester, which began Jan. 14. Satellite Coordinator Selena Myers is responsible for advising, scheduling and serving students at the Barberton satellite, along with community outreach.
For more information, call 800-79-STARK.
Akron Institute changes name to Herzing University-Akron
SOUTH AKRON — With the New Year comes a new name for Akron Institute as it formally transitions to align with its 11 sister campuses throughout the United States to become Herzing University-Akron.
Founded in 1970 as Akron Medical-Dental Institute, the campus was acquired in 2004 by Herzing and began a journey that expanded its offerings to associate and bachelor’s degrees in health care, technology, business, design and public safety. Through the years, the Akron Institute campus moved twice and expanded a few more times to encompass more than 43,000 square feet of space today. It was also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in 2007 and received accreditation for its Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program through the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission in 2011. Until recently, the campus’ formal name was Akron Institute of Herzing University.
“In our 42-year history, our campus has grown and evolved to meet the higher education needs of the Akron community, and we are excited to become more fully aligned with the Herzing University family,” said Dave LaRue, campus president of Herzing University-Akron. “The Herzing University network has enabled us to grow much more quickly than if we had stayed independent, and we are now the second largest campus in the Herzing network, behind only the very first campus located in Madison, Wis.”
A ribbon-cutting took place Jan. 7 to celebrate the grand reopening of the campus. Tours were offered for business leaders in attendance, and they also were informed about corporate education programs available through Herzing University.
For more information, visit www.herzing.edu/akron.
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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