The Valley Project – Pre-Engineering Project Lead The Way

 Program Description:

The Pre-Engineering Program of Study focuses a broad range of engineering careers and foundation knowledge including basic safety, plan reading, use of tools and equipment as well as how to employ positive work ethics in an engineering career.

PLTW’s mission is to prepare students for the global economy, which it does by increasing the number of American students prepared to enter the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. PLTW programs give students hands-on, project-based experiences, helping them link math, technology, and science concepts to real-world problem solving.

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Nationally Certified:

Our PLTW program has been nationally certified since 2015.   The national PLTW recognition program distinguishes schools for successfully demonstrating a commitment to PLTW’s national standards. Additionally, certification as a PLTW school provides students with the opportunity to apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at PLTW affiliate universities when they successfully complete select PLTW courses in high school. PLTW has more than 50 college, university and research partners.


Dual Credit Opportunities:


Through a partnership with West Virginia University (WVU), students in PLTW have the opportunity to receive undergraduate college credit for $25 per credit hour.  Students can receive credit for ENGR 100 by satisfactorily completing Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering.  Students can receive credit for ENGR 101 by satisfactorily completing all four required PLTW courses and achieving a an AP Calculus AB score of 4 or 5.


Through a partnership with Marshall University (MU), students in PLTW have the opportunity to receive undergraduate college credit for $75 per class while taking Introduction to Engineering and Design, and Principles of Engineering and Design.   Students receive credit for ENG 280 and 281, which take the place of ENG 101, 102, 103, and 104.

Required PLTW Courses:

  • Introduction to Engineering and Design
  • Principles of Engineering and Design
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Engineering Design and Development (elective)

Technical Assessment

Workforce Entry Score: 53.4
State Average: 60.3
National Average: 65.4
Governor’s Workforce Score: 78.3

Awards and Recognition:

  • SkillsUSA American Degree:

  • 2016-Shyanna Hatten
  • 2017-Nancie Harmon
  • SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Team Competition State Champions

  • 2016-Quinlan Neal and Elizabeth Mitchell
  • 2017-Quinlan Neal and Diana Kim
  • 2017-Hunter Donahoe and Diana Kim
  • 2019-Hunter Donahoe and Gabe Yeoman
  • SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Team Competition National Champions

  • 2019-Hunter Donahoe and Gabe Yeoman
  • SkillsUSA Related Technical Math Competition State Champion

  • 2016-Shirley Ma
  • 2019-Nick Bowen
  • SkillsUSA Urban Search and Rescue Team Competition 2nd place

  • 2015-Joshua Blatt and Caleb Houdyschell
  • 2016-Joshua Blatt and Harrison Massie
  • VEX Robotics Regional Competition

  • 2015-2016 Sportsmanship Award
  • 2016-2017 Design Award