Located in Zanesville, Ohio, the two-year, public college Zane State College, was established on September 16, 1969. Originally called the Muskingum Area Technical Institute, the college would later change its name to the Muskingum Area Technical College in 1972, and to Zane State College on June 14, 2004. Zane State College prides itself on giving students the opportunity to engage in experienced-based learning in the fields of applied business and science. Student may choose from 27 degree-granting programs in the areas of business, engineering technology, health programs, natural science programs, and public service programs.
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Zane State College offers associate of arts and associate of science degrees, as well as associate’s transfer degrees. Employment-directed general, basic and technical courses are offered, however program credits are often accepted by four-year colleges and universities. Students may elect to attend Zane State College full-time and complete an associate’s degree in two years, however many students attend part-time and finish an associate’s degree in an average of three years. At Zane the academic calendar is split into four quarters, fall, winter, spring and summer, giving student greater opportunity to complete courses at their convenience.
Some of Zane’s specific programs have various accreditations from appropriate institutions, including but not limited to, the American Culinary Federation, Inc., the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, and the North American Wildlife Technology Association.
Offering both credit and non-credit training is Zane State College’s Willett-Pratt Training Center. With 35,000 square-feet the Center offers students computer labs, interactive video classrooms, and state-of-the art technology. The training Center serves area economic development groups, human services agencies, area businesses and educational organizations, including Detroit Diesel and the Ohio University Zanesville. Zane State College credit courses for the Medical Assisting Associate Degree, Welding Training Modules-One Year Certificate- Welding ATS Associate Degree, and Ohio Police Officer Training Academy are all offered at the Willett-Pratt Training Center. Also at the center students may elect to participate in non-credit training programs like business and industry training, or programs via the Employment Training Center, the Community Education Program, or the Small Business Development Center.
Other programs in which Zane State College participates are the Achieving the Dream community colleges program, the Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year program, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Council of North Central Community Junior Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community College and the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.