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WSU Ready to ‘Lead the Way’ for Utah High-School Students
Wednesday, May 15, 2002

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s College of Applied Science & Technology has been selected as an affiliate university for Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a nationwide alliance working to increase the quality and quantity of high-school students planning to pursue engineering or engineering technology degrees.

As an affiliate university, WSU will certify high-school teachers who will then teach the PLTW classes to help grades 9 through 12 develop the skills needed to succeed in college-level programs.

This affiliation further enhances WSU’s partnerships with Utah high-school students. Rick Orr, a manufacturing and mechanical engineering professor has seen the value of the program first-hand. He spent this spring teaching students at Northridge High School about careers in engineering. Northridge is the only school in the state that offers PLTW courses.

“By training Utah high school teachers in the PLTW curriculum, we will increase the number of Utah high schools offering pre-engineering courses -- which benefits the entire state in the long run,” said Warren Hill, dean of the College of Applied Science & Technology.

PLTW is a national program, offered in more than 500 high schools, which forms partnerships among public schools, higher-education institutions and the private sector. Established in 1995, PLTW has developed a sequence of high-school courses which, when combined with traditional mathematics and science courses, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering or engineering technology prior to entering college.

“The PLTW graduate will be better prepared for college engineering programs and more likely to be successful,” Hill said.

For more information about PLTW go to
Additional Contact(s): Warren Hill, dean of College of Appplied Science & Technology
(801) 626-6304
Rick Orr, MMET professor
(801) 626-7514

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