Lake Travis High School receives re-certification for Project Lead The Way engineering program


Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the national shortage of engineers, has conferred re-certification upon Lake Travis High School’s engineering program.

According to PLTW, the program empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers.  In addition to K-12 curricular pathways, PLTW provides teachers with high-quality professional development training that gives them the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students.

“We’ve seen how Project Lead The Way draws more students to engineering, math, and science and gets them thinking about college and their careers,” Lake Travis ISD College and Career Readiness Coordinator Rachel Behnke said. “The program allows our students to become eligible for college-level recognition which may include college credit, scholarships, and admissions preference.  We are very proud to be a Project Lead The Way-certified school.”

As part of the recognition process, Ms. Behnke and a team comprised of students, teachers, staff, administrators, and members of the Lake Travis business community submitted a self-assessment of the school’s implementation of PLTW Engineering, followed by a site visit from a PLTW-affiliated team.  

Project Lead The Way programs are offered at more than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states.  The program has been in place at Lake Travis High School since 2008 as part of the school’s Institute of Math, Engineering & Architecture, one of six district-developed Institutes of Study offering students the opportunity to fully engage in an area of study and focus on post-secondary pursuits.  In 2010, Lake Travis High School was selected as a Project Lead The Way Model School for its exemplary engineering program, one of only ten schools in the country to receive the designation.

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