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 204 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 over 12,200 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 2019-20 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 Technology Center for their unwavering commitment to provide students with an excellent educational experience despite the unusual circumstances and unique challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented to the educational landscape this past year. They should be very proud of their achievements in unlocking their students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom no matter what 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 freshmen and sophomores at all high schools within Moore and Norman Public Schools. This year MNTC had 486 9th-12th grade students enrolled in the Pre-Engineering program.
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. 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.