Since Stark State does not have any residence halls, the automotive programs would normally be limited to local students, but with this new partnership, students can come from farther away.
“I think it’s a great way to offer hospitality and to partner with local colleges and universities,” said Melody Scott, dean of students.
Stark State students that live on campus are required to abide by the same rules and community standards as Malone students do.
Originally, Stark State was planning for 15 to 20 students to live on campus, but as the summer went on, the number dropped significantly. Currently, there is only one Stark State student living on campus. Scott hopes the partnership grows in the future so more Stark State students will live on campus.
Brent Buell is a Stark State student in the General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program and he is living on campus.
“Where I live is two hours away, and Malone dorms are 10 minutes away,” Buell said. “It’s a big money saver.”
Buell said he would recommend living on Malone’s campus to other Stark State students.