Central Tech has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students. It is one of just 133 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor.

“We have outstanding instructors and they work hard to make sure their courses are rigorous and challenging for our students,” said LaDonna Gear, campus director at Central Tech in Drumright.

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, Central Tech had to meet the following criteria:

  • Offer at least three PLTW courses.
  • Have 25 percent or more of students participate in PLTW courses; or of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses.
  • Have 70 percent or more of students 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.

“It is a great honor to recognize Central Tech 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.”

For more information on Central Tech’s STEM programs visit CentralTech.Edu.