WTHS Named Project Lead the Way Distinguished School

WTHS Named Project Lead the Way Distinguished School
Posted on 03/01/2018

Worcester Technical High School (WTHS) announced today that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Engineering and Biomedical Science. WTHS is one of just 133 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of K-12 students and teachers in over 10,500 schools across the U.S.

According to Principal Caroline Bloxom, the past ten years has seen the original one cohort of Engineering and one cohort of Biomed expand to three cohorts of each program. "This school year, 135 students are enrolled in engineering courses and 106 students are enrolled in biomed courses at Worcester Tech. Besides having dynamic students from Stephen Decatur, Snow Hill, and Pocomoke High Schools in these programs, their teachers, Valerie Zienty, Aarti Sangwan, Bill Severn, Silviya Gallo, Joe Miller, and Rick Stephens are extremely talented and dedicated. Between them, they have degrees in Electrical and Chemical Engineering, Electronics, Computer Science, Manufacturing, Physics, Biology, Environmental Science, and Mathematics. I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the parents, who are actively involved in their children's' education."

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, WTHS had to meet the following criteria:

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

"Worcester Tech's PLTW programs well exceeded the criteria. In addition, we are proud to announce that the PLTW Computer Science program will be offered next year, making Worcester Tech one of few schools in Maryland who will offer all three PLTW programs of study," states Principal Bloxom.

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 Worcester Technical High School 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."
Worcester Technical High School is part of a community of K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities.

For more information on Worcester Technical High School's PLTW programs or to set up a school visit, contact Shelley Mason at 410-632-5541.