Hocking College is a two-year technical college with two campuses in Nelsonville and Perry, in Ohio’s Appalachian region. The main campus covers 2,300 acres of plush land in a relatively rural setting. The school was established in 1968 and has consolidated its place as a leading technical college nationally in terms of variety of degree programs and quality of education.
The academic level of this college, consistent with two-year technical colleges, is that of an associate degree. There are some 40+ different degree programs available that either culminate in a certificate, a technical degree or a transfer degree with guarantee of acceptance at Ohio state-assisted four-year universities.
The most popular academic programs fall under the categories of Conservation and Resource Management, Business and Management, and Nursing and Emergency Medicine, followed by Cooking and Culinary Arts and Hospitality degrees.
The academic divisions of the school are: Advanced Energy & Transportation Technologies, Arts & Sciences, Hospitality, Natural Resources, Business, Computer & IT, Health & Nursing, Public Safety Services, Short-Term Certificates, and Industrial Technology.
This school has three main educational formats in which students can pursue their degree, certificate, etc., either through the traditional classroom-based format, the Personally Accelerated Career Education (PACE) format, or via online format.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Studying here is a pretty unique experience for most students, especially for those that get involved with the school’s more eccentric programs, which are quite succinctly wrapped up in the school’s student and faculty operated hotel and restaurant.
The Inn is the centerpiece of the school’s hospitality program, which is recognized as being among the best in the region. This full-service hotel includes the most modern installments for students to gain valuable, real-world experience before they graduate through the use and management of the hotel’s kitchen stadium, chocolate lab, spa, and banquet facilities and 40-some guest rooms.
Separately, the school’s official restaurant, Rhapsody, which is the other crown jewel of the hospitality program, is located in the heart of Nelsonville at the Historic Public Square. Here, students of hospitality, the culinary arts and related fields gain more unique experiences fulfilling precisely the responsibilities that will await them in their professional future.
Other unique aspects include the school’s fully restored Victorian opera house, which theater students get to use; the school’s FM radio station, WLCI-LPFM, affording students live broadcast experience; a top-notch recording studio where students as well as actual professionals get to do their thing; and finally an alternative energy research station and ecotourism center (itself completely energy self-sufficient) on the Bahamian island of Andros.
This school is an open admissions institution, meaning that virtually all qualified applicants are accepted to the degree program of their choice. Basic requirements include holding a high school diploma or a GED, or exceeding the age of 18 and having an interest in a technical education (a select few programs have more stringent admissions requirements).
Applications can be submitted either by mail or online, and must be accompanied by the mandatory application fee. Separate forms are required for non-citizen or non-resident students.
Students have several on- and off-campus housing options available to them, with five residence halls on-site.
Student life is largely centered around the various student clubs and organizations that operate on- and off-campus, especially considering the school’s relatively rural location. A wide variety of honors societies, outdoor clubs, cultural diversity groups, residence hall and technology clubs spice up life at the school. Outdoor pursuits in general are very popular among the student population, and the Appalachian foothills in the surrounding area offer marvelous hiking, rock-climbing and opportunities, usually coordinated by the Outdoor Pursuits Office.
To ensure that students make the best of their time, the school has a College Career and Success Center, a Student Affairs office, a Women’s Center, and an International Students center to help meet the various needs of the diverse student body.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Though Hocking College does not have any official athletics organizations, there are various intramural sports teams and clubs that students can participate in during any time of the year, from flag football to 4-on-4 soccer, tennis, dodgeball, basketball, and several other games.
Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.