ZANESVILLE -- Area high school sophomores who have a strong interest in engineering are invited to attend the Pathways to Engineering (PTE) Open House from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 in The Campus Center at Zane State College.

The Information Night will enable students and parents to learn more about the PTE program and the application process. The PTE program is a dual enrollment, dual credit partnership with Mid-East Career and Technology Centers, Ohio College Tech Prep, and Zane State College. The program, which is offered at no tuition cost, is designed for soon-to-be high school juniors who are excelling academically and are ready to tackle a challenging curriculum.

Classes in the program will allow students to earn all high school requirements and an Associate of Technical Studies (ATS) degree, focusing on electrical-mechanical engineering technology courses. Options for students upon graduation include pursuing other associate degree programs at Zane State College, transferring to continue their education, or entering the job market.

"I'm glad I chose PTE because it has allowed me to accelerate my education and strive toward my ultimate goal of becoming an engineer," said second-year Pathways to Engineering student Andy Cook. "PTE has allowed me to explore a variety of engineering specialties and make a well-informed choice about my own engineering major."

The PTE program will welcome its next class of juniors in the fall of 2009 with classes taught by Zane State College professors. Students in the program will take all their classes together throughout the first year of the program. They will still be eligible to participate in high school activities at their home schools.

"This is a great opportunity for soon-to-be high school juniors who are strong students and interested in engineering fields," said College Tech Prep director Larisa Harper. "It is a challenging program, but will solidly prepare students to have a career in engineering technology as well as provide a solid foundation in order to pursue an advanced degree."

Those interested in attending the Information Night should RSVP by calling (740) 588-1256. For additional information about Pathways to Engineering, students can talk with their high school guidance counselors, or call Kelli Burns at (740) 588-1256 at Zane State College or Cathy Pastre at (740) 454-0105 at Mid-East Career and Technology Centers.