Smyth County High School Students…

Are you thinking about a career in engineering? Let us point you in the right direction!

Smyth Career & Technology Center is proud to offer the Project Lead the Way program through the on-campus Pre-Engineering Academy.

Project Lead the Way, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization partnering with public schools, organizations in the private sector, and higher education institutions to increase the number and quality of engineers graduating from our educational system. The program is partially funded by Charitable Venture Foundation, a private foundation located in Albany, New York. PLTW has a support staff of experienced technology educators and college and university partners to support schools as they implement PLTW curricula.

Introduction to engineering at this level will attract more students to engineering, and will allow students, while still in high school, to determine if engineering is the career they desire. Students participating in the PLTW courses are better prepared for college engineering programs and more likely to be successful, thus reducing the attrition rate in these college programs, which currently exceeds 50% nationally.

PLTW has a comprehensive organizational structure in place to ensure continued participation and success. Key elements provide support at every level of the program. PLTW provides local, state, and national organization for leadership and support, a model curriculum, teacher training and development, and consultant services. The participating school districts:

Colleges and universities provide strategic regional leadership, involve industry, and assist school districts to establish partnership teams. Private-sector members provide advisors, supporters, mentors, and financial support, and assist the colleges and school districts to achieve the goals of the program.