Project Lead The Way


Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a national (not-for-profit) program designed to increase the number of engineering and technology graduates in the United States.


The number of engineering graduates is declining while the number of engineering and technology job openings is increasing. It has been estimated that 25% of all practicing engineers could currently retire.


PLTW pre-engineering programs are located in over 840 high schools and 275 middle/junior highs in over 43 states. Arkansas has 16 schools in the program from Bentonville to Pine Bluff.

PLTW High School Pre-Engineering Curriculum

Foundation Courses:

Principles of Engineering
Introduction to Engineering Design

Specialization Courses:

Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Digital Electronics                                                                                                                                               Civil Engineering and Architecture
Environmental Sustainability
Aerospace Engineering 

Capstone Course:

Engineering Design and Development


ATU College Credit For High School Students

Secondary school students may receive college credit in Arkansas Tech University's Mechanical and Electrical Engineering programs for eligible PLTW courses:

  • Introduction to Engineering Design = 2 credits for Engineering Graphics (MCEG 1002)
  • Principles of Engineering (POE) = 1 credits for Introduction to Engineering (MCEG 1011)

by completing each PLTW course with an average of "B," by having been enrolled in a PLTW-certified high school, by scoring a 70% or higher on the PLTW college credit exam, and by meeting Arkansas Tech University academic eligibility requirements.

ATU Graduate Credit For High School Teachers

Teachers may receive Arkansas Tech UniversityGraduate Credit for courses offered at the ATU PLTW Core Training Institute (STI)by earning a passing grade in the PLTW course, enrolling in the graduate program and paying all applicable tuition and fees.

Teacher Core Training Institutes

Summer 2016 Core Training


Affiliate Director

Vic Dreier
Director Arkansas Project Lead The Way
Arkansas Tech University
61 Lake Point Lane
Russellville, AR 72802
Phone: (479) 968-0331
Fax: (479) 968-0677