PLTW is a national program forming partnerships among public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from the country’s educational systems.
The program offers a hands-on, project-based approach to learning that better prepares students for the rigors of college. The program incorporates math, science, English, and technology skills needed for success.
Taking PLTW courses can help students decide whether an engineering-related career is or is not right for them. In addition, students from PLTW-certified schools may, if they meet the requirements, apply for RIT college credit for those courses.
Counselors and administrators play integral roles in the success of their students in the PLTW program including:
- Having each school counselor attend a conference for program information and updates
- Educating teachers, students and parents
- Having a student’s program of study plan in place by the end of ninth grade
- Encouraging students to take challenging mathematics and science courses
- Involving and educating parents
- Informing students on postsecondary education and employment opportunities