All four Lamar Consolidated ISD high schools – Foster, George Ranch, Lamar Consolidated and Terry — have received national certification for the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program.
PLTW, a nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs, offers a rigorous world-class curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life engineering and technology projects. PLTW also prides itself on high-quality professional development of its teachers and an engaged network of business, community and university partners to give students the fullest experience.
The national PLTW recognition program distinguishes schools for successfully demonstrating a commitment to PLTW’s national standards. Certification as a PLTW school provides students with the opportunity to apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at PLTW affiliate universities when they complete select PLTW courses in high school.
According to a National Business Roundtable report, America needs approximately 400,000 STEM college graduates annually to remain competitive in the global economy. Currently, the U.S. is graduating only 265,000 annually. PLTW is providing students with the skills, foundation and proven path to college and career success in STEM areas to increase the number of STEM graduates.
“We’ve seen how the PLTW program draws more students to engineering and technology courses and gets them thinking about college and their careers,” said Tracie Holub, Lamar CISD’s Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE), who oversees the PLTW program. “We are extremely proud to be PLTW certified on all four campuses and ecstatic that our students are eligible for college-level recognition, which may include college credit for select PLTW courses, scholarships and admissions preference.”
As part of the recognition process, a team composed of administrators, teachers, staff, students and members of the community submitted a self-assessment of the school’s implementation of PLTW’s Pathway To Engineering program. A site visit by a PLTW-trained team followed. PLTW’s team met with teachers, school administrators, counselors, students and members of the school’s Partnership Team. A PLTW school’s Advisory Council is comprised of teachers, counselors, administrators, business and industry professionals, and other community members who actively support the PLTW program within a school.
Contact Tracie Holub at 832-223-0128 for more information about Project Lead the Way in Lamar CISD.