The Carroll County Career and Technology Center has received national certification for its Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Engineering program that has been offered since 2004. This is the second time the school has gone through the national certification process to validate its Engineering program.
      
PLTW Engineering allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life activities, projects and problems. PLTW also provides high-quality professional development for 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 the program’s national standards. Additionally, certification as a PLTW school provides students with recognition opportunities at PLTW affiliate universities when they successfully complete select PLTW courses in high school. PLTW has more than 50 college, university and research partners, including UMBC in Maryland.
      
Bill Eckles, principal of the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, said, “We’ve seen how the PLTW program draws more students to engineering, math and science and gets them thinking about college and their careers. We are extremely proud to be PLTW certified and ecstatic that our students are eligible for college-level recognition, which may include college credit, scholarships and admissions preference.”
      
As part of the recognition process, Eckles and a team composed of teachers, staff, students, and members of the community submitted a self-assessment of the school’s implementation of PLTW’s Engineering program. A site visit by a PLTW trained team followed. The team met with teachers, school administrators, counselors, students, and members of the school’s Program Advisory Committee, which is comprised of teachers, counselors, administrators, post-secondary representatives, business and industry professionals and other community members who actively support the PLTW program within a school.

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