Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum has been recognized as a Project Lead the Way Distinguished School for increasing access, engagement and achievement in the PLTW Launch and Gateway programs offered to students in grades 4K-8.

KTEC is one of only 148 schools nationwide to be recognized for PLTW Gateway (grades 6-8) and one of 214 across the U.S. for PLTW Launch (grades 4K-5).

“It is a great honor to recognize KTEC for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, president and chief executive officer 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.”

Gov. Tony Evers officially proclaimed April 15-19 as “Project Lead the Way Week” and invited students from across the state to set up PLTW projects and engineering designs at the state Capitol on April 16 to celebrate.

KTEC students in grades 3-8 shared their PLTW projects with visitors at the Capitol, including State Sen. Van Wanggaard.

Project Lead the Way Day at the Capitol is an annual event that brings together students, educators, business leaders and policymakers from across the state who are passionate about learning, discovery and innovation.

The gathering is an opportunity to see students’ work firsthand, celebrate student achievement, and unite for conversation, collaboration and problem-solving around education and workforce development challenges we face as a state and nation.

“The Day at the Capitol is an exciting honor to be a part of. I hope legislators think more about renewable energies after seeing our project,” said Emilee and Ashley, KTEC middle school students.

“The day is aimed at raising awareness among decision makers of the importance of STEM education to our workforce and future,” said Angela Andersson, KTEC principal.

KTEC began offering Project Lead the Way when it opened its doors in 2007, and 100 percent of students participate in its programs.

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.

Project Lead the Way students engage in hands-on activities, projects, and problems that are reflective of real-world challenges.

KTEC has three Project Lead the Way Master Teachers on staff and has been chosen to help create and pilot multiple PLTW modules over the years, as well as host educators from all over the state to see PLTW in action.

Kristen Kief is media and community relations coordinator for KTEC.