Zane State College has received the Collegiate Purple Star Award, which recognizes those public and independent colleges and universities in Ohio that are supportive and inclusive of military-connected students. The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Chancellor Randy Gardner announced that Ohio took the next step in advancing this work to create the first-ever “Collegiate Purple Star” designation. Ohio is the first state in the nation to adopt a Collegiate Purple Star designation. Zane State College is only one of 33 public and independent colleges and universities to receive this award.
“Zane State strives to support members of the military, their families, and Veterans to help make their academic journey smooth and seamless by providing a dedicated point of contact for all active military and Veteran students; a Veterans lounge with a computer lab, kitchen, and study area; and, priority registration. The College is truly honored to receive the Collegiate Purple Star recognition,” Zane State College President Chad Brown said.
On May 26, 2022, Governor Mike DeWine’s Cabinet, including Ohio Adjutant General Major General John C. Harris, Jr. and Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director Major General Deborah Ashenhurst, USA Ret., members of the Ohio General Assembly, and other dignitaries and stakeholders unveiled the Collegiate Purple Star Award logo.
“We are always developing ways for Ohio to become the best place for military members and their families to live, work, and raise a family,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Purple Star Schools are great examples of how Ohioans can come together to support, encourage, and recognize the sacrifices our service men and women and their loved ones make.”