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WKHS PLTW Recognized as Distinguished School for the Second Year in a Row

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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. WKHS is one of just 63 high schools across the U.S to receive this honor. Also, Worthington Kilbourne’s PLTW program is only one of two high schools in the state of Ohio to receive this recognition for the second year in a row. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of K-12 students and teachers in over 10,500 schools across the U.S.

Worthington Kilbourne High School began offering Introduction to Engineering Design as its first PLTW course in the fall of 2007 and now offers four other courses as part of our PLTW program. These programs inspire and engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and prepare them with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to succeed in any career path they choose.

Since implementing PLTW, Worthington Kilbourne STEM/PLTW students have participated in First Robotics Competitions (along with Thomas Worthington STEM students – the WorBots), partake in Modern Manufacturing Work Study Program with Columbus State Community College (initiated with Honda Manufacturing of Ohio) and take part in Summer Internships with Abbott Labs.

“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. Besides technical knowledge and skills, our Project Lead the Way courses emphasize the transportable skills of problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and ethical reasoning and mindset. 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

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

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