For many students across the country, attending college starts their first day of high school. In Canton, Ohio, students at Timken Early College High School (TECHS) are able to get on the fast track to college in partnership with Stark State College.
“We have so many different students who have different end goals,” said J.P. Cooney, executive director for admissions and enrollment strategies at Stark State College, in an article in Akron Life. “Some want to come here for two years, get their associate’s degree, then transfer to a four-year university.”
Early colleges like TECHS provide higher education opportunities for students coming from first-generation college or low-income families, as well as racial or ethnic minorities. These programs would not be successful without close ties to their higher education partners. In Canton, students of all ages and background are fortunate to have the access and support that make obtaining a college degree a possibility.
The current principal of TECHS is Kenneth Brunner. He encourages students and staff not just to “dream big,” but to “make it a reality.” And they are.