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The Six District Educational Compact Overview
Building the future together since 1969

Providing College Tech Prep Initiatives, services and resources, the Six District Educational Compact serves over 25,000 students in the Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge and Woodridge school districts. First proposed to meet new state requirements for vocational training access for high school students, the Six District Educational Compact was approved in 1969. Lauded for its cost efficiency, the Compact was the first of its kind in Ohio. With NO ADDITIONAL VOTED MILLAGE, the Compact provides significant cost savings for the taxpayers served by the six school districts. By combining the resources of the six districts, cost-effective services, programs and special events, as well as savings resulting from shared services, are available to students and residents of all six communities.

The Compact's success in providing College Tech Prep Initiatives at the high school level led to an expanded role, serving students at all grade levels, school staff and community members as well. Today, the Compact offers 25 different College Tech Prep Initiatives, including all those listed on the left side of this page.

College Tech Prep covers a wide variety of fields, including A+ Hardware and Microsoft Academy plus Networking, Athletic Health Care and Fitness, Aviation Careers Academy, Biomedical Engineering and Technology Academy, Construction Technologies, Engineering Academy, Forestry and Landscape Horticulture, Health Careers Technologies, Teaching Professions and more. The Pathway Project, which explores Career Pathway options and other change initiatives for the six high schools, is an ongoing Compact project that supports career awareness and career development, which are all connected to the teaching and learning process.

Career-related services provided by the Compact include a career assessment center, Career Technical/Special Education services, and Job Training Services, a transitional work-study program that helps place students with disabilities into competitive employment. Over the years, linkages with higher education were strengthened, as were ties to community agencies. In the 1980s, the Compact added new services including summer school courses, a G.E.D. testing center and the C.A.R.E. program for substance abuse prevention and intervention.

Special events were initiated as well, including the Reading and Writing Festival for middle school students held each year at Kent State University. Others include the Diane Burbick Math and Science Conference for Middle School Girls and the Burbick Summer Experience for Middle School Students.

Other initiatives include Saturday Family Workshop offered through C.A.R.E., the Compact's Ohio Graduation Test Preparation program, and Professional Development workshops for Compact workforce development and support staff.

In 1997, the Compact joined with Summa Health System to form the award-winning Summa Compact Partnership, providing innovative, collaborative and non-traditional learning opportunities for students, counselors, teachers, parents and administrators from the six districts. Partnership highlights include job shadowing and internship opportunities at Akron City and St. Thomas hospitals, as well as the annual Diane Burbick Math and Science Conference for Middle School Girls and Burbick Summer Experience. Project SEARCH, a program designed to offer special needs students work experience in various hospital settings, is headquartered at Summa. As the Compact enters its third century, the Pathway Project continues to take the lead in exploring new change initiatives, using the Pathway Guiding Principles to help direct the structure of both teaching and learning. After an extensive Compact-wide study, an expansion of College Tech Prep initiatives was underway.

"The Six District Educational Compact focuses on collaboration, innovation and continuation of our programs and initiatives," says Compact Executive Director Mary Jane Stanchina. "Each year, we strive to provide programs and services which will make a positive difference in the lives of students and staff members in the six districts we serve.

College Tech Prep Opportunities

  • 25 College Tech Prep Opportunities for Compact High School Students
  • Career Passports
  • Career Program Intervention Service

Career Development

  • Pathway
  • ProjectMIDAS
  • ProfileCareer Assessment Center
  • Gifts and Fascinations

Services for Students with Disabilities

  • Career Assessment Education
  • Job Training Services
  • Project SEARCH

Adult Education Opportunities

  • G.E.D. Testing Center
  • Project Learn

Summa Compact Partnership

  • Diane Burbick Math and Science Conference for Middle School Students
  • Diane Burbick Summer Experience
  • White Coat Program
  • Worksite Learning
  • Job Shadowing
  • Internships

Chemical Abuse Reduced by Education (C.A.R.E.)

  • Saturday Family Workshop
  • Annual Recognition Dinner

Other Programs

  • Ohio Graduation Test Preparation Program
  • Student Learner Success Initiative
  • Summer School
  • ACE - Aviation Career Education Summer Program
  • GRADS Program
  • Technical Work Experience (TWE)
  • Professional Development workshops for Compact teachers and support staff

Annual Events

  • Reading and Writing Festival
  • C.A.R.E. Recognition Dinner
  • ABLE Graduation Year-End Event and G.E.D. Graduation
  • College Tech Prep Events:
  • Orientation Programs
  • Visitation Day Programs
  • Meet the Teacher and Student Receptions
  • Student Ambassador Training
  • "Celebrate Success," Engineering Academy