Clifton Park, NY – Project Lead The Way, the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math education, announced today a new affiliate relationship with Utah Valley University. The University will provide summer professional development courses that are required for PLTW teachers as well as training for high school counselors. PLTW students will also be offered college credits at UVU for completing certain PLTW courses in high school. PLTW programs, which emphasize critical thinking, innovation, and problem-solving, are currently used in more than 3,400 middle and high schools in all 50 states, including more than 60 schools in Utah. PLTW and UVU will work together to expand the reach of the program in Utah.
“American students have to be prepared for the high-tech jobs that are driving today’s global economy,” said Dr. Ernest Carey, Dean of the College of Technology and Computing at UVU. “Project Lead The Way is very successful in engaging middle school and high school students in engineering and biomedical sciences. This is exactly the kind of innovative education program that every student should experience and we are going to work diligently with PLTW to expand the reach of the program here in Utah.”
John Lock, CEO of Project Lead The Way, stated, “Institutions of higher learning are important PLTW partners. In addition to providing critical training and professional development for teachers and counselors, they also share our goal of preparing students to become the most innovative and productive in the world. We are excited about working with Utah Valley University as we look to create the next generation of innovators in Utah.”
Since 1997, PLTW has trained approximately 13,000 teachers to teach its courses and during the past summer nearly 2,700 teachers were trained around the country. PLTW’s hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success in STEM related fields. PLTW alumni are studying engineering and technology at colleges and universities at rates approximately five to ten times the average of all U.S. students. They have higher retention rates in college engineering, science and related programs than other students in these areas.