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Project Lead the Way Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) has developed a four year sequence of courses which, when combined with college preparatory mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college.

You Will Learn
  • How engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people.
  • Construction of circuits and devices.
  • Problem-solving skills using a design development process.
  • Principles of robotics and automation.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Project Lead the Way - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
TSA—Technology Student Association—is the student leadership organization for Technology and Engineering students. Students participate in chapter fund-raising activities and community service projects. Leadership training is offered to student officers at the local, state or nation levels.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Civil Engineer
  • Complex Analysis
  • Complex Design
  • Development Manufacturing Research
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Technology and Engineering Education    Teacher
Workforce Trends
Due to the expansion of jobs in the technical fields and the increasing numbers of engineers who are retiring, the number of job openings in technology and engineering is increasing. There is a critical shortage of engineers and engineering technologists entering the field at a time when technology is reinventing itself every few years.

Civil Engineering: In 2006, Civil Engineers held over 256,000 jobs. The growing population will increase demand for the design, construction, and repair of transportation systems, large building complexes, bridges, and other public structures.

Electrical Engineering: In 2006, Electrical Engineers held over 153,000 jobs. Employment growth will stem from demand for advanced communications equipment and consumer and defense-related electronics products. Growth is expected to be fastest in the services industries, especially consulting firms.

Mechanical Engineering: In 2006, Mechanical Engineers held over 227,000 jobs. Growth is tied to increased demand for improved machinery and machine tools and more complex industrial processes. Employment is expected to grow fastest in business and engineering services firms.

All of the above occupations are non-traditional for women. In 2006, 5.8% of mechanical engineers were women, 7.7% of electrical engineers were women, and 11.9% of civil engineers were women.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition

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