Project Lead The Way

WHAT:  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. 

WHY:  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. 

WHERE:   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
Digital Electronics 

Specialization Courses:

Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Civil Engineering and Architecture
Biotechnical Engineering (in development)
Aerospace Engineering (in development) 

Capstone Course:

Engineering Design and Development

ATU College Credit FoHigh School Students:

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

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. For additional information see the documents below.

           College Credit Procedure                            ATU PLTW Course Credit Form

ATU Graduate Credit For High School Teachers: 

Teachers may receive Arkansas Tech University Graduate Credit for courses offered at the ATU PLTW Summer 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 Training:

Beginning in the summer 2005 Arkansas teachers can attend summer training institute on the Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville. 

Affiliate Director

STI Contact

H. Bruce Lazarus, Director
Arkansas Project Lead The Way
Arkansas Tech University
Corley Building
1811 North Boulder Ave.
Russellville, AR 72801-2222
Phone: (479) 968-0331
Fax: (479) 968-0677


Pam Dixon
Administrative Specialist II
Arkansas Tech University
1811 North Boulder Ave.
Russellville, AR 72801-2222
Phone: (479) 968-0353
Fax: (479) 968-0677