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CLP Returns in February with Four Guest Speakers

January 24, 2018

CLP February 2018ALLIANCE, Ohio – The Continued Learning Program (CLP) will begin its second installment for the 2017-18 school year starting in February.

CLP allows community members to continue learning throughout their lives by bringing in experts from various areas of study. There will be four presentations in February.

The program will begin on Tuesday, February 6 with Kim Thompson, director of external communications for the Canton Better Business Bureau (BBB), with her presentation titled “Tips and Tricks to Stay Ahead of Scams.”

Born and raised in Stark County, Thompson received a bachelor of arts degree from Ashland University in 1995. She began her job at the BBB in 2014 where she focuses on the community aspect of the business. She helps to keep the public informed about scams designed to steal money or identities.

The second presentation will take place on Tuesday, February 3 with Brad and Sue Goris presenting “Flying to the Pacific in a Small Plane.”

Both Brad and Sue are licensed pilots. Brad’s passion for planes began in his youth and continued into adulthood. He is the retired owner of Goris Insurance Agency. The couple currently owns Goris Properties.

Barb Armitage will present on Tuesday, February 20 with her presentation titled “The Thomas California Fire – The Things You Never Think of.” This presentation will be held in the Alumni Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center at 10 a.m.

Armitage received a bachelor of arts degree from Mount Union and a masters of education from Kent State University. Throughout her career in education, she taught in the Alliance City School district and is the previous director of curriculum for Alliance City Schools. She and her family visit California regularly.

Robb Hyde, president of the Alliance Area Preservation Society, will round out the month with his presentation “The Alliance Historic District” on Tuesday, February 27.

Hyde received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Mount Union and a Master of Business Administration in marketing and information systems from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the past president of the Ohio Museum Association, served as chair for Leave a Legacy Stark County and is the treasurer for Stark County Ohio Bicentennial Committee.

The presentations, unless otherwise noted, will take place in the Newbold Room located within the Hoover-Price Campus Center at 10 a.m.

For more information about CLP, contact Abby Honaker Schroeder at