CSU, Chico News

University Partners with Project Lead The Way to Provide STEM Training for Region’s Teachers

Date: 05-29-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Debra Barger, Dean
Regional & Continuing Education

California State University, Chico’s Regional & Continuing Education has launched a new affiliation with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nonprofit provider of K–12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs. The partnership, announced at a May 27 campus event, aims to support North State teachers and schools through professional development and training.

As an affiliate PLTW partner, the University will host required summer training programs for teachers who instruct PLTW courses, providing a convenient option for teachers in Northern California, especially rural communities in the far northern part of the state. CSU, Chico will also participate in annual conferences for school administrators and counselors, as well as provide ongoing support to PLTW schools.

“We see it as a fundamental responsibility of the institution to serve this largely rural populace with state-of-the-art programs that produce life-long learning and robust career tracks as an outcome,” said Debra Barger, dean of Regional & Continuing Education. “PLTW is a leader in providing the foundation of skills that lead to success within our academic programs, regardless of the discipline chosen.”

The University joins about 60 other colleges, universities and research institutions in providing teacher training and support through PLTW to more than 6,500 schools in the United States. It will host its first PLTW teacher training sessions June 15–26 and July 6–17 in curriculum areas including automation and robotics, design and modeling modules and principles of engineering.

“Expanding access to high-quality STEM experiences is critical to the future economic health and vitality of California and our country, and this partnership with CSU, Chico is a testament to the university’s commitment to this vision,” said Project Lead The Way CEO and President Vince Bertram.

PLTW’s high-quality activity-, project- and problem-based curriculum and teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy. For more information on Project Lead The Way, please visit www.pltw.org.

One of the highest ranked master’s level public universities in the West, CSU, Chico offers a number of programs, including teacher education and nursing, known for their innovation and outreach to the University’s 12-county service region and beyond. For more information about CSU, Chico’s Regional & Continuing Education, please visit www.csuchico.edu/rce.