Governor DeWine tours the Zane State Electrical Engineering Technology Laboratory

Zane State College President Chad Brown introduces various local dignitaries to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine during DeWine's visit.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine visited Zane State College’s Electrical Engineering Technology Laboratory this week to learn about the university’s Electrical Engineering Technology in Protection and Control program.

The program, which teaches students to work on the parts of the electrical grid that protect the grid itself, is one of the few in the country of its kind, and the only one to provide a bachelor of science degree in the field.

Marketta Franklin-Thomas, AEP’s director of employee learning and development, said the demand for skilled labor is “huge. We have to make sure we have a continuously flowing source of talent” from places like Zane State College. Community partnerships, like the one between AEP and Zane State, are critical, she said.

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