Timken Early College High School (TECHS), in partnership with Stark State College, was established in 2005 to provide students the supports to succeed both in high school as well as college, and give students the opportunity to earn an associate degree while still in high school. They have succeeded, and then some.
A recent edition of Looking at the Issues, a newsletter from Stark Education Partnership, reported that between 2009 and 2017:
- 100% of TECHS students graduated on time
- 100% of students who left the program prior to graduation graduated on time
- 100% of TECHS graduates earned at least 1 semester of college credit
- 64% of TECHS graduates earned an associate degree
- 25% of TECHS graduates earned two associate degrees
The statistics for the class of 2018 are equally impressive:
- 100% of students graduated on time and with at least one semester of college credit
- 64% of graduates earned an associate degree
- 25% of graduates earned two associate degrees
The current principal of TECHS is Kenneth Brunner, who was a founding teacher and one of the creators of the Early College Academy, a middle school that deepens the community’s commitment to early college and whose students transition seamlessly to TECHS. He encourages students and staff not just to “dream big,” but to “make it a reality.” And they are.
Our case study, Timken Early College High School Offers a Way Up, Not a Way Out, takes a closer look at this successful early college high school.