Pathways to Engineering Program
The Pathways to Engineering program serves academically advanced high school juniors and seniors with an interest in engineering related fields. The goals of the program are to prepare students for direct employment or to continue on with advanced studies in engineering. Students in the program earn college credits and high school credits simultaneously. Pathways to Engineering is made possible by a partnership between Zane State College and Mid-East Career and Technology Centers. At the conclusion of their senior year, graduates of the program earn an Associate of Technical Study degree from Zane State College, a Career-Technical Certificate from Mid-East Career and Technology Centers and a High School Diploma from their home high school.
Students in the program attend classes on the Zane State College campus by Zane State College faculty. They receive a solid foundation in mathematics, physical sciences, communication skills and social sciences. They learn and apply computer aided design techniques and mechanical and electrical engineering principles which are fundamental to careers and advanced study in engineering. Technical courses typically incorporate computer usage as an integral engineering tool and involve “hands on” engineering lab activities appropriate to the functions performed by graduates in the industrial environment. Technical classes frequently have guest speakers who are currently working in the field.
Program graduates have opportunities to directly enter the workplace with the Associate of Technical Study degree. Other options include continuing at Zane State College to earn additional associate degrees. Graduates are also well prepared to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a specialized engineering or engineering technology field at another college or university.
Admission to the Pathways to Engineering program is selective. Demonstrated academic readiness for college level algebra and English is required for acceptance into the program. Application must be made during the sophomore year of high school.