Higher Education

The Appalachian Sky region includes and has easy access to numerous education opportunities, including universities, community colleges, and technical schools which offer Aerospace Industry professional and STEM degrees.


  • Marshall University
    • Comprehensive university
    • Offers engineering, medical and other undergraduate and graduate level professional and STEM related degrees
  • Morehead State University
    • Comprehensive university
    • Home of Morehead Science Center
      • Specializes in satellite research, development and deployment
  • Shawnee State University
    • Offers 80 undergraduate and associate degree programs
    • Offers three masters programs
    • Offeres many curriculums that are relevant to aerospace such as Mathematics, Drafting and Design, and specialized Computer Programming and App Development Courses

Community Colleges

  • Ashland Community and Technical College
    • Offers comprehensive Advanced Manufacturing technical training
    • Has a cooperative agreement with Eastern Kentucky University to offer a Bachelor’s Degree of Aviation
  • Robert C. Byrd Institute
    • Includes an apprenticeship program
    • Advanced manufacturing equipment and training
    • Successful accelerator program

Technology Centers

  • Bridge Valley Advanced Technology Center
    • One of three Advanced Manufacturing Centers of Excellence in West Virginia
    • Maintains advanced manufacturing and IT equipment
  • Scioto County Technical Center
    • Offers comprehensive Advanced Manufacturing skills training
    • Has an excellent working relationship with Great Oaks FAA certified aviation maintenance campus in Cincinnati, Ohio

The Appalachian Sky region includes and has easy access to numerous education opportunities

Source of Business and Labor Numbers: The Next Move Group