Chaminade Julienne was officially recognized as a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Nationally Certified School at the annual Project Lead the Way Ohio Fall Conference on Thursday, Nov. 3.
CJ administrators and educators were awarded national certification plaques for both the school’s PLTW biomedical sciences and pre-engineering courses during a presentation on the campus of the University of Akron. According to pltwohio.org, Ohio has the fifth most registered programs in the U.S. with more than 200 at the high school and middle school level. Of those institutions, CJ is one of just four secondary schools—and the only Catholic high school in the nation—to achieve dual certification.
“Through Project Lead the Way, Chaminade Julienne has opened up some truly unique, STEM-focused educational opportunities for all students in the Dayton region,” said John Marshall, principal. Marshall, one of six school representatives in attendance at the conference, added that he envisions CJ serving as a model for other Catholic schools interested in incorporating components of STEM education into the curriculum.
Project Lead the Way is the leading provider of innovative, project-based STEM education curricular programs. Students enrolled in CJ’s certified courses are guaranteed opportunities to learn from and work with area industry professionals and businesses, and may become eligible for college credit and admissions preference at more than 40 PLTW affiliate colleges and universities nationwide.
“National certification affirms that our five years of planning, implementing, assessing and modifying the CJ STEMM program have truly taken shape,” Marshall said.