Counselors/Administrators Overview

PLTW is a national program forming partnerships among public schools, higher education institutions, and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from the country's educational systems.

The PLTW curriculum was first introduced to 12 New York State high schools in the 1997-98 school year. It is now taught in more than 1,700 schools in all 50 states including the District of Columbia. In Missouri, the program has grown to include 372 schools, 475 programs, and more than 50,000 students in 2015-2016.

The program offers a hands-on, project-based approach to learning that better prepares students for the rigors of college. The program incorporates math, science, English, and technology skills needed for success.

Taking PLTW courses can help students decide whether an engineering-related career is or is not right for them. In addition, students from PLTW-certified schools may, if they meet the requirements, apply for Missouri S&T college credit for some of these courses.

Counselors and administrators play integral roles in the success of their students in the PLTW program including:

  • Having each school counselor attend a conference for program information and updates
  • Educating teachers, students, and parents
  • Having a student's program of study plan in place by the end of ninth grade
  • Encouraging students to take challenging mathematics and science courses
  • Involving and educating parents
  • Informing students on postsecondary education and employment opportunities