Public officials said Thursday that Stark State College will begin offering adult education classes at Akron schools next fall.
The two-year public college will offer six classes starting in August to help launch adults on the road to new or better jobs.
“This is one of my dreams come true,” Mayor Donald Plusquellic said at a media conference. The new classes will provide an added opportunity to use the buildings after the school day is done, he said.
Three middle school learning centers were tapped for the new adult education program because the desks at grade schools are too small for adults and the high schools are too busy with other after-school activities.
The classes are geared for “people who are not necessarily going to be polymer scientists,” Plusquellic said.
Some adult learners might qualify for federal funds to pay their tuition through Summit County work force programs. Details are available from the Summit County Job Center, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron.
Even if learners don’t qualify for financial assistance, Stark State has one of the lowest tuitions around: $147 per credit hour, less than half charged at local four-year universities.
Stark State will offer Blueprint Reading and Introduction to the Petroleum Industry at the Innes learning center, Effective Speaking and Cultural Diversity at Hyre and Medical Terminology and Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology at Jennings.
Cheryl Rice, vice president for student services and enrollment, said the number of classes and locations could grow based on future employer demand.
For details, call Stark State, call 330-494-6170, ext. 4228.
Contact Carol Biliczky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-996-3729.