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STLCC Receives Grant from Boeing to Offer PLTW Workshops
January 23, 2008
PLTW is a curriculum-based program that promotes engineering courses for middle and high school students. As a result of this grant, STLCC-Florissant Valley’s mathematics/engineering/technology/science (METS) department will develop a series of teacher training workshops for PLTW educators from participating schools to gain greater understanding of engineering principles, applications and impact on METS-related education and careers.
"Nationwide, there is an urgent concern regarding the preparedness of students at the P-20 levels for careers that require knowledge in mathematics, science, engineering and technologies," said Ashok Agrawal, dean of mathematics/engineering/technology/science at
Secondary school teachers involved in delivery of PLTW courses are required to attend two-week intensive training in the specific contents covered in PLTW courses. However, many of these teachers have no prior engineering education or experience.
Workshops will be offered in a two half-day format, with the second half-day an open invitation to industry mentors to participate. The workshops will be open to 20 teachers from St. Louis area schools already teaching PLTW courses, are interested in the relationship to the other PLTW courses, or are considering/planning to attend the summer training.
In order to help meet this critical workforce need, the METS program at
"Students participating in PLTW courses are better prepared for college engineering programs and are more likely to be successful, thus reducing the attrition rates," Agrawal said.
More than 1,200 students in 20 area high schools currently are enrolled in PLTW courses.
For more information about the workshops, contact Agrawal at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-513-4460.