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November 1, 2017

ORLANDO– Six exemplary teachers and one educational leader from across the United States received top honors this week during Project Lead The Way’s national conference – PLTW Summit 2017 – including one award from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) and the Kern Family Foundation for the Robert and Patricia Kern PLTW National Teacher of the Year.

Angela Anderson, PLTW teacher at Antelope High School in Antelope, California, received the Robert and Patricia Kern PLTW National Teacher of the Year award in front of nearly 2,000 attendees, including teachers from across the United States. PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram presented the award.

In addition to the National Teacher of the Year award, PLTW recognized five other instructors as PLTW program teachers of the year for their outstanding commitment to empowering students to thrive in our evolving world.

PLTW also recognized Kathy Dodd, associate superintendent of teaching and learning at Union Public Schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the PLTW Educational Leader of the Year.

“We are grateful to our teachers and leaders for their commitment to inspiring and empowering their students with the knowledge and transportable skills needed to thrive in our ever changing world,” said Bertram. “These outstanding educators are leaders in their classrooms and across the PLTW network, and are inspiring the next generation of innovators.”

PLTW Summit 2017 is the premier gathering for the PLTW network – a group dedicated to preparing students with the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills they need to succeed in college and career. The event featured keynotes by generational expert Matt Beaudreau and Leah Jewell, managing director of career development and employability at Pearson; dozens of presentations by PLTW students from across the country; and more than 250 interactive workshops, many of which provided educators the opportunity to earn continuing education units. Chevron was the title sponsor for PLTW Summit 2017.

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, visit pltw.org.



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 'A Perfect Marriage’ Indiana District Reaches into Schools to Find Future Leaders It’s a challenge across the company. It’s a challenge across the industry. It’s a challenge across nearly every business requiring hard work and technical knowhow. It’s recruitment. And often, it keeps business professionals awake at night. In the Indiana District, they’ve found a solution. “Everyone struggles to find people, so we’ve been devoting quite a bit of time to identifying the right vocational schools and then building relationships with them,” said Indiana District HR and Safety Manager Jeff McIntosh. “One of our plant managers, (North Indianapolis Quarry’s) Barry Benson, came forward to suggest the program in which his son was involved, Area 30.” Based in Greencastle, Indiana, Area 30 is a two-year program for high school students seeking an alternative to traditional classroom learning. When students enter Area 30 as juniors, they spend much of their time becoming acquainted with heavy equipment and completing small jobs as a means to learn about each machine’s function, said Scott Livesay, a program instructor. During senior year, the program’s curriculum shifts with the aim of moving the teens beyond school and into the real world as interns. During the 2016-2017 school year, the Indiana District accepted three of the program’s students – DJ Lacy, Blake Benson and Kyle Scott – providing each with an internship at nearby Cloverdale Quarry. Mike Mote, Cloverdale’s plant manager, said the teens were treated just as any new employee and exposed to the business slowly, safely and with proper training. In return, the teens were expected to perform as any other employee – showing up on time for their shifts, participating in the same safety meetings and completing the same tasks while adhering to the same company policies. “I think the biggest benefit of the program for us is that each kid came in as a clean slate,” Mote said. “We were able to teach them good habits right from the start.” Learning those good habits came along with learning many secrets of the business, the teens said. “The Cloverdale team was knowledgeable and would answer any questions we had,” said Blake Benson, 18. “They always made us feel comfortable. They wouldn’t let us perform a task until we were confident we could do it and they were confident we could do it.” Lacy, 18, agreed, adding that company employees were there to provide help and guidance at every turn. “It was all about safety,” he said. “One of the most important lessons they tried to instill in us was that safety is the key to everything whether you’re running equipment, using a cutting torch or welding. That’s the main lesson I picked up.” Lessons in safety were not relegated to Martin Marietta’s interns. While he’s always prioritized safe practices, Livesay said that working with McIntosh and the Guardian Angel safety program pushed him to make Area 30 even safer. Recently, Area 30 adopted language from the Guardian Angel Creed – language that is now taught to all of the students. McIntosh said he was honored to have spread the company’s safety message. “It doesn’t get more fulfilling than that,” he said. “They’re now using the same safety principles as Martin Marietta and I think that’s great. Through that aspect of our relationship with Area 30 alone, we’ll influence generations of young people entering the workforce.” Indiana District Vice President-General Manager Ed Gehr, a driving force behind the Martin Marietta/Area 30 partnership, acknowledged the company’s positive safety influence, but was quick to note that Martin Marietta experienced great gains as well; Lacy was hired on at Cloverdale while Benson and Scott accepted positions at Kentucky Avenue Mine. The experience appears to have been beneficial for all, Livesay said. “The relationship between Area 30 and Martin Marietta has so far been a perfect marriage,” he said. “These students are coming right out of high school and Martin Marietta is offering them not just good-paying jobs, but solid careers. That’s tremendous.” A special "Thanks" to Martin Marietta for providing this outstanding opportunity for Area 30 Students.

Area 30 Students           


McKenzie Career Center was featured in the latest edition of District Administration.  Starting with a new name - McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology - efforts focused on preparing students for the latest work world.   Highlights of the article include the significant dollars infused into the center through grants; the strong support from community leaders; the rapid growth of the center; and student successes after graduation.

C4 was a recipient of an EPICS grant several years ago, and one of the activities that was approved was the Holiday Lights display.  The display, on 25th Street in Columbus, is work of students in the electronics, automation and robotics programs.  Students design and make the physical pieces and use programming to set the lights to music.  A collection box is available for donations and that money goes to a local food pantry.

Jamie Enterkin, Muncie Central High School, praises his instruction at Muncie Area Career Center with great enthusiasm.  "What I learned in the classroom was  immediately practiced in the lab through daily hands-on experiences focused on industry training.  I plan to go to Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne to pursue Electrical engineering.  I loved that we were able to work with the Construction Technology class to complete the electrical aspects in building a house.  It was just awesome to be part of this experience!"

Walker Career Center was of 12 high schools and career centers recognized by Ivy Tech Community College at a breakfast on September 1.  All the schools offer dual credits to allow high school students the opportunity to earn college credits while also earning high school credits.  Dual credit courses are offered tuition free, saving parents even more on their child's college education.  Walker Career Center was named the Outstanding Career Center Partner!