Education in

Muskingum County

From preschool to graduate degrees, Muskingum County offers a wide range of educational opportunities. With the array of local post-secondary educational offerings by Muskingum University, Ohio University Zanesville, and Zane State College, as well as adult education programs at Mid East Career & Technology Center, Muskingum County is able to locally provide hands on educational opportunities. 

K – 12 Education

Muskingum County is home to six public school districts and one private Catholic school: Zanesville City Schools,East Muskingum Local Schools,West Muskingum Local Schools,Tri Valley Local Schools,Maysville Local Schools,Franklin Local Schools and Bishop Rosecrans. All of the Muskingum County School Districts meet or exceed the State of Ohio average graduation rate. The majority of the Muskingum County Schools provide the option for Advanced Placement Courses, as well as offering students the ability to take advantage of post-secondary opportunities at Ohio University Zanesville, Zane State College, or within their own building.

Career & Technical Education

The main campus of the Mid-East Career & Technology Center is located in Zanesville.  The campus has two constituent groups: 11th and 12th grade high school students as well as adults seeking career training.  Training programs for adults have been created through collaboration with area employers and can lead to professional certifications as well as college credits.

The Adult Center for Education is the adult education training division of the Mid-East Career & Technology Centers.  Fully accredited by North Central Accreditation (NCA), the Adult Center offers full-time career development credential based training programs, short-term training, and customized training for business and industry.

Full-Time Training : All 11 full-time training programs lead students to earn nationally recognized industry credentials or licensure, all offer college transfer credits, and all are Federal Financial Aid eligible.  Over the past three (3) years, 85% of students enrolled in these programs have completed their training, 90% have earned industry credentials, and 85% have secured related jobs.  These 11 offerings cover trades, healthcare, public safety, and business/office career fields.

Short-Term Training: The Adult Center offers over 50 part-time programs, many with associated industry credentials for entry level employment, career advancement, hobbies, and incumbent workers.  Programs are offered quarterly, on a rotating basis.

Customized Business & Industry Training: The Adult Center provides skill and workforce training tailored to meet an individual employers needs.  Most training can be offered at Mid-East or at the worksite.  The Adult Center has experts specializing in OSHA Training, Health & Public Safety Training, Computer and Office Skills, Human Resources Skills (Customer Service, Team Building, Employee Selection/Advancement, etc.) and Industrial Training (PLC’s, Welding, VFD’s, Pneumatics/Hydraulics, etc).  All customized consultative Training comes with the Adult Center’s 100% Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee.

The Adult Center for Education employs approximately 145 full-time and part-time professionals and serves the core counties of Muskingum, Guernsey, Belmont, Perry, Noble, and Harrison.  Over 1,500 full-time and part-time adult students are served each year. 

Post-Secondary Education

Muskingum University

Located in quaint New Concord, Muskingum University was founded in 1837 as a Presbyterian college of liberal arts and sciences “to develop – intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically – whole persons, by fostering critical thinking, positive active, ethical sensitivity and sprititual growth, so that they may lead vocationally productive, personally satisfying and socially responsible lives.”

Today Muskingum University has about 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students from 22 states and 13 countries.  Forty-four academic majors are offered, including 13 interdisciplinary majors.  Nine pre-professional programs are offered, including pre-medicine and pre-law.  Approximately 65 percent of entering students graduate, and nearly 80% of first-year students return.  The 225-acre campus has six residence halls with over 90% of first year students living on campus.

Muskingum University is a member of the NCAA, Division III, and Ohio Athletic Conference.  Intercollegiate sports programs include nine men’s and 8 women’s sports.  Fifteen intramural sports and activities are offered.  Muskingum University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Ohio Department of Education for teacher, and the National Association of Schools of Music.  Learn more at

Ohio University Zanesville

Ohio University Zanesville, like all of Ohio University, holds as its central purpose the intellectual and personal development of its students. Distinguished by its rich history, diverse campus, international community, and beautiful Appalachian setting, Ohio University is known as well for its outstanding faculty of accomplished teachers whose research and creative activity advance knowledge across many disciplines.

Ohio University Zanesville provides the education of a major research university, while maintaining the individualized attention associated with a small, liberal arts college. Students have access to more than 50 full-time faculty who are world renown in their fields and active in research.

The Zanesville campus serves commuter students who seek associate and bachelor’s degrees. Our students join us right out of high school, from years of working on the job, and from other colleges, universities or technical schools. With passionate and caring faculty and staff, Ohio University Zanesville provides a high quality educational experience complete with academic advising, tutoring, and specialized testing services. Our facilities feature wireless internet access, a cafeteria, a coffee café, bookstore, a library with vast electronic databases and resources, a fitness center and the Collegial Woods walking trails. Learn more here

Zane State College

Zane State Community College is a state-assisted public institution of higher education. Zane State College is adjacent to Ohio University-Zanesville, one of the fastest growing colleges in Ohio, and it has one of the highest graduation rates for two-year colleges in the nation. On average, 85% to 90% of Zane State’s graduates are employed in their chosed field of study within one year of graduation. Zane State College has been recognized as one of the Top 30 Community Colleges in the nation, as measured by student engagement and graduation rates. 

Zane State College offers 33 academic programs and 21 Occupational Skills Programs.  Programs are designed to offer experience-based learning designed to provide a broad-based competency in a field of applied business or science and include an approved distribution of general, basic, and technical courses.  Although the objective of these programs is employment rather than transferability of credits to a baccalaureate or advanced degree, program credits are accepted by many colleges.

Approximately, 3,600 students attend Zane State College.  While smaller than urban counter parts, Zane State’s enrollment in engineering technology programs is comparable to program enrollment at much larger community colleges.  In the spring of 2010, Zane State College unveiled plans for a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine, and Mathematics (STEMM) Center.   The College has now been completed. Zane State was also recently awarded a $3 million grant from the Department of Energy for Advanced Energy Training programs.

Zane State College’s Business & Training Division partners with Ohio University to provide premium skill assessment and training that is customized to the needs of employers.  Zane State is constantly developing new curriculum.  Through extensive and job specific training, employees gain the necessary confidence and skills needed to excel, which in turn, increases workforce morale and productivity.  Zane State offers a variety of formats that include 1/2 day and full day sessions at employer facilities or on campus.  More information is available at