NEOMED, Stark State Formalize Partnership

ROOTSTOWN, Ohio – The Northeast Ohio Medical University signed its first formal agreement with a community college Wednesday, with the intent of expanding its relationship with Stark State College.

NEOMED and Stark State have worked together for 15 years, Gershen noted. The medical school has provided human cadavers to the community college’s anatomy and physiology classes. The schools also work together on Stark State’s associate degree in biotechnology and on research projects.

“As a result of NEOMED’s partnership with us, Stark State College has been able to provide a high-quality, rigorous undergraduate science program through a hands-on laboratory experience,” said Stark State’s president, Para M. Jones.

With their partnership agreement formalized, the schools said they are discussing additional ways “to realize efficiencies, keep education affordable for students and reduce the time for degree for students in northeast Ohio.”

“We are community-based for a reason,” said Jay A. Gershen, president of NEOMED. “It’s in our DNA to bring the community in to our campus, to serve them, to educate them and to provide a pathway to practice. And while they are a community college and we are a medical university, both of us provide a quality education while expediting workforce development within the region.”

Pictured: Para M. Jones, president of Stark State College, and Jay A. Gershen, president of NEOMED, sign partnership agreement.

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