While abundant talent is available in southeast Ohio, equal opportunity for higher education is not. Fewer than 15% of adults in this region have acquired a college degree yet a college education is required for more than 85% of new job openings.
Access to a quality education is paramount to closing the opportunity gap and to developing a thriving economy. Yet, financial hardships combined with uncertain federal and state support jeopardize access for many students. To close the opportunity gap, bring prosperity to individual families and vibrancy to the region for generations to come, it is imperative that the citizens of southeastern Ohio have the opportunity to attend and complete college.
While Zane State College is committed to keeping tuition as low as possible, for many students the cost of attending college is out of reach without the aid of scholarship support. Increasing the number of deserving students who are afforded the opportunity to attend Zane State College through scholarships is a smart investment in the future of our region. For information on ways to give, please click here!
From Early Childhood Education, which utilizes computer software to help children develop language, pre-reading skills, and basic number concepts; to Mechanical Design, which teaches robotics and machining principles and processes; to Allied Health, which utilizes a plastinated human cadaver to help students understand the complexity of human anatomy—each of Zane State College’s 29 applied arts and science programs is technology driven.
The transfer of applied learning from the classroom to career environments is dependent on instructional equipment that is relevant and realistic.
An endowment provides the infrastructure that will ensure that all generations of Zane State College graduates will be at the forefront of innovation providing leading-edge companies with their technical skills and ambition. This endowment will become the cornerstone to enhance technology, labs, and instructional equipment; provide advanced training in emerging technologies and industries for existing employers and businesses locating in the region; and develop skill sets and technical knowledge of faculty to meet the changing needs of area employers. For information on ways to give, please click here!
Those of you who work at or regularly visit the Willett-Pratt Training Center can tell by how difficult it is to find a parking space there that the building is filled to capacity. In fact, WPTC is now accommodating over four times the student capacity for which it was designed. We are looking forward to building a new facility which will be located across the road from the Training Center and will include community meeting rooms, modern laboratories, and flexible classroom spaces to accommodate well over 500 more students each term. The two buildings will be connected by a bridge and will result in a college campus in Cambridge. For information on ways to give, please click here!
Advanced Science and Technology Center
Computer systems analysts, engineers, and scientists are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations in the foreseeable future. Additionally, studies show that Appalachian Ohio students are increasingly seeking degrees in fields that support the state’s current and emerging growth sectors, such as science, technology, engineering, medicine, and math (STEMM) careers.
Ensuring that people are educated and prepared for the new jobs of the 21st century and to compete in this global economy require a sophisticated and comprehensive learning environment. A new Science and Technology Center with state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and infrastructure at the cutting edge of technology will stretch beyond the current service district to attract high-achieving students. This cutting-edge Center of Excellence will also ensure Zane State College, and thus the region, will be attractive to businesses exploring the possibility of relocating to the area. It will also help retain and expand existing businesses.
With the focus on new technology and the need for additional educational space at its Zanesville campus, the new Science and Technology Center will ensure the College remains responsive to emerging workplace requirements and will provide students the tools and ability to forge lifelong, rewarding careers. For information on ways to give, please click here!