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The Suburbanite
  • Stark State drops 'of Technology' from its name

  • Stark State College of Technology has changed its name to Stark State College.

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  • One of the fastest growing two-year colleges in the nation, Stark State College of Technology has changed its name.
    The school has dropped “of Technology” from its name — but not its mission.
    In announcing the change Thursday, President John O’Donnell said the title more accurately portrays the college’s offerings and broadened mission.
    “Stark State’s mission has grown in scope over the years,” he said. “We are trying to offer the largest array of degree offerings to serve our students, and keep it affordable.”
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    The college recently has added associate of arts and associate of science degrees. That gives Stark State graduates more opportunities to continue their education at a university, turning their two-year associate’s degree into a four-year bachelor’s degree. Students can complete their first two years of college for $7,000, compared to a state university, which can cost $9,000 a year or more.
    Yet, if a student isn’t looking to pursue a four-year degree, they “may move directly into the workplace with an associate’s degree well-prepared for career success,” O’Donnell said.
    The college keeps its eye on technology with partnerships, such as Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems, which resulted in the opening of the Fuel Cell Prototyping Center in 2006, and has positioned Stark State as a partner to support the research, development and commercialization of fuel cells. Other partnerships include Lockheed Martin, Ariel Corp., Technology Management Inc., Defense Metals Technology Center, and Kohler Coating, several of which occupy space on Stark State’s main campus on Frank Avenue NW.
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    Founded in 1960 as Canton Area Technical School, Stark State later became known as Stark State Technical Institute and, by 1972, was named Stark Technical College. The name was changed to Stark State College of Technology in 1996.
    Since at least 1990, the two largest signs on its main campus have declared the college “Stark State College,” already dropping “of Technology.”
    “We naturally shorten names, so this change has actually been occurring for quite some time,” O’Donnell said.
    Stark State, however, recently received the official OK from the Ohio Board of Regents, which governs the Ohio colleges.
    Also on Thursday, Stark State, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, announced a record spring semester enrollment of 15,326 credit students. This spring’s official enrollment is an all-time high and a 15 percent increase over its spring 2010 enrollment.