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Project Lead the Way

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In 2002, St. Louis Community College (STLCC) was named a site partner for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) cluster by the League for Innovation in the Community College for the league’s College and Career Transitions Initiative (CCTI). One of only 15 community colleges across the country to be chosen for this pilot program, STLCC was charged with "facilitating and expanding promising college and career transition strategies and programs of study and "improving academic performance of students at both the secondary and postsecondary levels."

To accomplish this task, STLCC developed partnerships with local middle and high schools and initiated Project Lead the Way(PLTW), a national non-profit organization established to help schools give students the knowledge they need to excel in high-tech fields. PLTW’s primary goal is to increase the number of young people who pursue engineering and engineering technology programs that require a two- or four-year college degree.

Students can receive college credit for PLTW courses taken at high schools for which the school and STLCC have an approved Dual Credit agreement. Students who enroll for Dual Credit must be in their junior or senior year of high school, have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and meet the college's requirements for entry into the course.

Students must also obtain written permission from a high school administrator and a parent or guardian. Dual Credit students pay approximately one-half of the maintenance fee (tuition) per credit hour, the student activity fee and other mandatory course fees and receive both high school and college credit. For a list of PLTW courses that you are eligible to take for dual credit, please see your counselor or PLTW Instructor.

Articulated credit is college credit earned while a student is in high school. The credit is awarded for a high school course that is associated with a PLTW course, for which there is a signed articulation agreement developed by faculty and agreed upon by administration at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. Articulated credit can be applied at STLCC toward an associate in applied science degree or certificate program. This credit is not awarded for associate in arts (transfer) degrees. You can get more information on STLCC Articulated Credit through your school’s college counselor.


April 10, 2015 Engineering Design Showcase Ameren
May 1, 2015 Engineering Day Six Flags

For more information on PLTW, contact Brett Richardson at 314-539-5047 or the CTE division office at 314-539-5317.