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PLTW Network Site Certification

Owensboro Community and Technical College's (OCTC) Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program is the first in the Commonwealth to receive a Site Network Certification with OCTC, Apollo High School and Hancock County High School. The program received accolades for its partnership model, which is being touted as a model for the state and will be shared on a national level. The program was reconized for providing access and rigor for students and commended for innovation in leveraging its people and capital resources. The accreditation team noted that this was the first time a PLTW program was a part of the local Economic Development strategic plan.

"The postivie comments that the group received from the site team speaks volumes for the quality of our partnerships with Apollo and Hancock County schools." said Dr Jim Klauber, president of OCTC. OCTC Associate Dean, Dr. Stacy Edds-Ellis commented, "The Site Network has worked together since 2008 to create outstanding STEM opportunities for students through Project Lead the Way. It is an honor to be the first in the State to receive certification via a network partnership. This has truly been a collaborative effort with one goal in mind to provide a rigorous hands-on STEM learning for students."

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About OCTCOwensboro Community amp;Technical College is one of the 16 colleges that make up the Kentucky Community amp; Technical College System. OCTC serves the western Kentucky region counties of Daviess, Ohio, Hancock and McLean.

About PLTW Project Lead The Way, Inc., a nonprofit organization with 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status, is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education curricular programs used in schools. PLTW's comprehensive curriculum has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving skills in students. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. More than 4,200 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students. For more information, visit www.pltw.org.