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Project Lead the Way

What is Project Lead The Way?

Project Lead The Way® (PLTW) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes pre-engineering courses for middle and high school students. PLTW forms partnerships with public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our educational system.

UCM offers college credit for qualified high school Project Lead the Way® courses. Upon completion of the course(s) students can apply the credits toward degree programs such as Engineering Technology and Engineering & Technology Teacher Education.

Commonly Asked Questions

Why is PLTW Promoting Courses for High School Students?

There is a critical shortage of engineers and engineering technologists entering the field at a time when technology is reinventing itself every few years.

What's Involved in Engineering Technology?

Engineering Technology is one related major at UCM where students can use PLTW courses to complete their degree requirements. Engineering technologists use the principles and theories of science, engineering and mathematics to solve technical problems in design, sales, construction, electronics, research and development, and/or manufacturing. 

Graduates of this program will be proficient in the following areas:
- Materials
- Processes
- Current Technologies
- Applied Calculus
- Communications
- Students choice of technical specialization

What's Involved in Engineering and Technology Teacher Education?

Engineering & Technology Teacher Education is another related major at UCM in which students can use PLTW courses to complete degree requirements. Engineering & Technology Teachers introduce students to subjects that affect and apply to their everyday lives through hands-on, project and problem based learning. 

Graduates of this program are qualified to teach:
- Manufacturing Technologies
- Construction Technologies
- Energy & Power Technologies
- Engineering & Design Education (PLTW) 

What Courses are Available Through PLTW?

There are 3 courses in the Pre-Engineering program currently offered at UCM:

Foundation Courses:

Introduction to Engineering Design - CTE 1300
Principles of Engineering - ENGT 1000
Digital Principles and Applications - ET 1050

How Do I Apply for PLTW Credit?

ALL PLTW EOC testing is cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19. Below are UCM's adjusted requirements for awarding credit in 2020.

Follow these steps:

  1. Ensure you qualify. Must earn a final grade of B or higher in the course and score at the "Accomplished" or "Distinguished" level on the PLTW end-of-course exam.  Adjusted for 2020.
  2. Fill out a PLTW College Credit Application form, sign all paperwork (if minor parent/guardian must also sign) and include payment made out to UCM. 
  3. Send your application to your PLTW teacher for signature and to gather supporting documentation.
  4. Your PLTW teacher must complete this Cooperative Agreement and W9 form to send with your application.
  5. Ask your high school for an official copy of your transcripts.
  6. Mail your application, your teacher's documents, transcripts and full payment to UCM for processing. Mailing address is at the top of the credit application form and on this website.

What's the Deadline?

You can apply for PLTW credit once the course is over during your time in high school. The credit opportunity expires one year after high school graduation.

If applying after graduation, the high school you graduated from must provide the necessary paperwork and documents to UCM to be eligible for the credits.

Contact Us

Michael Elliott, Program Coordinator
Humphreys 401
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Tel: (660) 543-4876
Fax: (660) 543-8333



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