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:Today's STEM RealitiesThe U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will grow 17 percent by 2018nearly double the growth for non-STEM fields. By 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs because there will not be enough qualified workers to fill them. STEM is where jobs are today and where the job growth will be in the future.

WHERE:Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation's leading provider of STEM programs. Our world-class curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate and community partners, help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in our global economy.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we deliver PLTW programs to more than 5,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. PLTW schools can be found in rural, urban, and suburban districts; across all income levels; as well as in public, private, and charter schools.

PLTW's success in preparing students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed has been recognized by colleges and universities, Fortune 500 businesses, and numerous national organizations including Change the Equation, the Social Impact Exchange, and more.

Arkansas will have 99 programs this fall across the state. The programs range from elementary through high school and found in both large and small districts.

PLTW High School Pre-Engineering Curriculum:

Foundation Courses:

Principles of EngineeringIntroduction to Engineering Design

Specialization Courses:

Computer Integrated ManufacturingCivil Engineering and ArchitectureBiotechnical Engineering (in development)Aerospace Engineering (in development)

Capstone Course:

Engineering Design and Development

ATUCollege Credit ForHighSchoolStudents:

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) = 2 credits for Introduction to Engineering (MCEG 1012 or ELEG 1012)

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 UniversityGraduate Credit for courses offered at the ATUPLTW 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.