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Central Tech Named Distinguished School by Project Lead the Way

Central Tech is one of only eight schools in Oklahoma—133 in total across the U.S.—receiving this recognition.

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Central Tech has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students. It is one of just 133 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor, and one of only eight in all of Oklahoma.

“We have outstanding instructors and they work hard to make sure their courses are rigorous and challenging for our students,” said LaDonna Gear, campus director at Central Tech in Drumright.

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Central Tech had to meet the following criteria:

  • Offer at least three PLTW courses;
  • Have 25 percent or more of students participate in PLTW courses; or of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses;
  • Have 70 percent or more of students earn a Proficient or higher on PLTW End-of-Course Assessments; or 10 percent of students earn the AP + PLTW Student Achievement.

Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

“It is a great honor to recognize Central Tech for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW. “They are a model for what school should look like, and they should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.”

For more information on Central Tech’s STEM programs visit centraltech.edu.

About PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. More than 10,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.

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