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Kilbourne PLTW Recognized as Distinguished School

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Worthington Kilbourne High School Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students

Named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning program

A message from Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW

Columbus, OHWorthington Kilbourne High School announced today that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW in the Engineering field. It is one of just 133 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of K-12 students and teachers in over 10,500 schools across the U.S.

“We’re very proud to receive this recognition” said Todd Deisher, one of the PLTW instructors at WKHS (along with Tom Karns and Ron Charlton). “Project Lead the Way has been a tremendous benefit for all the enrolled students in Worthington Schools by giving them exposure to authentic challenges and equipping them with the knowledge and experiences to explore solutions. We’re delighted to be acknowledged for the hard work of our students and the commitment of our district to provide these opportunities.”

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, Worthington Kilbourne had to meet the following criteria:

  • 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;
  • 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.

Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take PLTW EngineeringTM empowers high school students to step into the role of an engineer and adopt a problem-solving mindset. Students engage in collaborative, real-life activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, and exploring algae as a biofuel source.

 “It is a great honor to recognize Worthington Kilbourne for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “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.”

Worthington Kilbourne is part of a community of K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition.

For more information on Worthington Kilbourne’s PLTW program or to set up a school visit, contact Todd Deisher at 614.450.6515 or tdeisher@wscloud.org

About PLTW
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. 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. More than 10,500 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.