Moore Norman Technology Center has recently been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing transformative learning opportunities for students through its Pre-Engineering program that offers PLTW courses. It is one of just 64 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.
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, MNTC had to meet the following criteria during the 2017-18 school year:
- 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 during their high school tenure;
- 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.
President and CEO of PLTW Vince Bertram said,
It is a great honor to recognize Moore Norman for their commitment to students. 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.
MNTC has offered its Pre-Engineering program to high school juniors and seniors at its Franklin Road Campus in Norman since 2004. Today, MNTC also offers PLTW computer science and engineering courses to high school freshman and sophomores at all high schools within Moore and Norman Public Schools. This year MNTC has 520 9th-12th grade students enrolled in the Pre-Engineering program this year and 580 enrolled for next school year.
PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 11,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way visit pltw.org.
To learn more about MNTC’s Pre-Engineering program visit mntc.edu and locate it under Long Term Programs or call 405-801-5000.