Mount Union to Offer Assistance to New Alliance Community Center Programming

August 29, 2017

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The Alliance Community Center will begin opening its doors to the community this fall and the University of Mount Union is ready to be an active participant.

The University along with other organizations in area has committed to making the Center a space that will thrive, provide services and be a true example of collaboration in the city of Alliance. 

The Success Academy, a program offered by Alliance City Schools, has found a new home in the space along with services offered by Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services.

The Success Academy is a program that targets students in grades four through 12 with disabilities or behavioral issues that prevent them from attending class in a mainstream setting. Most students found in this program have been expelled or suspended from Alliance. 

The program, which was sending students to other school districts to attend classes, was being funded by Alliance City Schools. With the program now operating locally out of the center’s basement, it affords opportunities for Mount Union and other community organizations to lend a hand. 

“We see the Community Center as a great platform for building closer connections between the University and the Alliance community,” said Dr. Dick Merriman, president of Mount Union.

Stark County will begin delivering addiction recovery and housing assistance programs among other things in the renovated space at the Center.

The University will be an active participant through the use of two classrooms as well as the shared space including a gym and cafeteria in the building.

Mount Union’s Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement and its Department of Education will offer sessions at the center from Mount Union students and faculty to those in the Success Academy. 

“The Department of Education is excited about this new school-community partnership,” said Dr. Melissa Askren-Edghouse, associate professor and chair of the Department of Education at Mount Union. “Our faculty and education majors will greatly benefit from being able to observe and work with teachers and students in the Success Academy.” 

“Being able to help the community while also giving our students hands-on learning experiences is a win-win situation,” said Abby Honaker Schroeder, director of the Regula Center. “The space will allow us to provide services such as community meals while students learn crucial skills and develop as civic leaders.”

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