Pathways to Engineering

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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. At the conclusion of their senior year, graduates of the program earn an Associate of Technical Study degree from Zane State College 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 their associate 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. Zane State College now offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. Please read the FAQ for eligibility information.
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 to compete the associate degree by the end of senior year.
Minimum prerequisites are:
  • 3.0 GPA overall
  • “B” in all academic subjects
  • Junior standing when entering the program
  • 90 percent attendance rate at high school
  • Completion of at least two years of credit in English, math (Algebra I and Alebra II) and science
  • College-level placement on the Accuplacer or ACT
  • No high school disciplinary infractions
  • Health and Physical Education credits completed
  • Two years of a high school level foreign language is recommended.

Degree Details

Major: Pathways to Engineering-Electro Mechanical
: Associate of Applied Science
Location: On Campus
Duration: 2 Years
Type: Engineering
Course of Study: EMET_COS_22_23

Application and Program Materials

Application Steps

  • Obtain and complete application materials on this page.
  • Submit your ACT scores or complete the Accuplacer assessment at
    Zane State College.



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