By Kyle Lovern
September 10, 2013
RED JACKET – Mingo Central High School announced today that it will be participating in a new dual credit program which will grant college engineering credits to qualifying Mingo County students enrolled in the Project Lead The Way Pre-engineering program. For this pilot year in the program administered by WVU-Academic Innovation High School ACCESS, students enrolled in Digital Electronics (DE) or Civil Engineering/Architecture (CEA) can earn 3 college credits for each course. These are not general elective credits, but engineering credits that can be applied to an engineering degree at WVU. To qualify, students must take two prerequisite courses: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and Principles of Engineering (POE). In addition to IED, POE, DE, and CEA, an Aerospace Engineering course is also offered at Mingo Central. Depending on the number of PLTW pre-engineering courses taken at Mingo Central, a student can earn up to 9 engineering credits. Other requirements also apply.
PLTW, a nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs, offers a rigorous world-class curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life engineering and technology projects. PLTW also prides itself on high-quality professional development of its teachers and an engaged network of business, community and university partners to give students the fullest experience.
Mingo Central High School obtained national certification in February 2013 from the West Virginia Dept. of Education, WVU, and PLTW. Representatives from all three agencies inspected the school facilities, technological integration, teacher credentials, and other specific criteria to ensure that the PLTW program would maintain the high standards that are expected from these agencies and the engineering industry.
Marcella Charles, Assistant Principal and Director of CTE at Mingo Central High School said, “It’s an exciting time at Mingo Central, as we have seen how the PLTW program draws more students to engineering and technology courses and gets them thinking about college and their careers. We are extremely proud to be PLTW certified and ecstatic that our school was the first school in West Virginia to sign on for college-level recognition, which now includes dual credit at WVU for select PLTW courses. We are so fortunate to have a dedicated teacher such as Mr. Bane for this program. Mr. Bane is relentless in his efforts to do everything he can to ready our children for a strong future. I would like to extend my appreciation to the students, parents, Mr. Bane, Mrs. Teresa Jones, our Central Office Staff, Richard Duncan, Leasha Johnson, and our MCHS Counselors for a job well done. ”
Mr. Thomas Bane, the certified PLTW instructor, added, “This is a tremendous opportunity for students in Mingo County. STEM courses such as those offered through Project Lead the Way have become a vital resource in preparing high school students for careers in many fields of engineering. Instead of having to recruit individuals from other countries to fill the American positions that are depleting due to retirement and other factors, we are training our own students to be competitive in the world market. The dual credit program offered through WVU and Mingo Central High School prepares our students for entrance into high quality engineering programs at WVU or any other accredited university. This could not have happened without the extraordinary efforts of Leasha Johnson and Dr. Richard Duncan, members of the Advisory Council for PLTW at Mingo Central.”
For more information on PLTW, you may also contact Jennifer Cahill at the national office at (317) 669-0871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.