Friday, June 18, 2010

FWCS Programs Honored

Chamber member Fort Wayne Community Schools has reason to be proud. Two of their Programs of Study - New Tech High at Wayne High School and Project Lead the Way-Engineering at Northrop High School - have been honored by the organizations that established each program.

New Tech has been named a New Tech Network demonstration site after just its first year in operation. Being named a demonstration site means others interested in starting a New Tech school can model their program after FWCS' New Tech. 

The school's six teachers were also recognized by the New Tech Network by being named NTN Exemplary Teachers. Teachers Kathleen Cagle, Melissa Cox, David Flesch, Ginger Giessler, Riley Johnson and Marci Oberlin will have the opportunity to become New Tech trainers, if interested, for earning this status. 

New Tech at Wayne will grow in the fall with the addition of 100 more students in a new freshman class. Members of the first New Tech class will be sophomores in the fall. 

Also, in the fall, New Tech at Wayne will begin offering Project Lead the Way-Engineering classes with the help of a grant from the American Electric Power Foundation. 

PLTW is a hands-on, project-based program designed to show students how what they learn in math and science class applies to real-world problems. The courses emphasize critical thinking, creativity and innovation, skills that are critical to today's workforce. 

Project Lead the Way-Engineering is already offered at Northrop, and PLTW's biomedical component is offered at Snider High School. 

Northrop's program, which began in 2008, recently received national certification, which means the program has successfully demonstrated a commitment to the quality national standards of the Pathway To Engineering program. More importantly, it means students taking PLTW classes can qualify for college credit. 

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