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Project Lead The Way

WHAT IS PROJECT LEAD THE WAY?                                                          

The Project Lead The Way (PLTW) engineering program at Clarence High School is a six-course engineering technology program designed to help students explore engineering and technology related careers and to prepare them for two and four year college engineering or engineering technology degree programs. Each class is taught in a laboratory setting using state-of-the-art technology, equipment and software. Instruction is generally one-third theory and two-thirds application, sometimes involving mentors from industry and college. Class activities focus on problem solving, requiring students to work individually or in teams to generate solutions. Students have the opportunity to earn college credit in 5 of the 6 courses, offering a link between high school and college. Typically, students that enjoy math, science, problem solving, design and working with tools and machines will benefit from exploring at least part of the program, if not all of it.

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Student Benefits

  • Real-world problem-solving experiences.
  • Develop college and career readiness.
  • Learn through hands-on experience using equipment and technology used in today’s industry.
  • Build-in-demand skills in the areas of collaboration, teamwork and communication.
  • Opportunity for college credit at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Successful completion of 5 or 6 PLTW courses will earn students a PLTW certificate of completion, recognition in the graduation program and honor cords to wear at graduation. Students also have the opportunity to earn college credit from Rochester Institute of Technology in the following classes: IED, CIM, POE, CEA and DE.Visit
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Students who decide not to complete the PLTW sequence or don’t have room in their schedule can still take PLTW courses as long as the course prerequisites are met. We’ve had a number of students that wanted to learn more about careers in engineering later in their high school career and were able to take one, two, three or four of the six courses to help them discover if an engineering pathway is for them. It’s never too late to see if engineering is a future career for you.