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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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Lt. Governor Celebrates STEM Education with Project Lead the Way

MADISON – Today, during a reception event in Madison, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch recognized Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education with Department of Workforce Development (DWD) leaders, school administrators and leaders from Project Lead the Way (PLTW) in Madison.

"STEM continues to grow stronger in Wisconsin and we need to celebrate the impact that it can have on our students and our economy," Lt. Governor Kleefisch said. "Project Lead the Way provides students with training in high-demand science and technology career fields that will encourage them on a pathway to success."

Project Lead the Way partners with middle and high schools to prepare students to become the most innovative and productive in the increasingly high-tech and high-skill global economy.

"Project Lead the Way creates a stable foundation to further my career choices in becoming a quality engineer," stated Kathryn Lieffrig, who is a senior at Elkhorn High School.

Justice Bachtell, also a senior at Elkhorn High School, said, "I encourage other students and parents around Wisconsin to take part in Project Lead the Way as it sets students up with life skills and problem solving."

Governor Scott Walker proclaimed the week of March 8-14, 2015, as the Celebration of STEM Education Week in Wisconsin to highlight the importance of STEM education in advancing the economy. He also proclaimed February as Career & Technical Education Month in Wisconsin.

"Through investments by Governor Walker and the Legislature, the Department of Workforce Development has reinforced the value of STEM education for the next generation of workers," DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said. "Programs such as Youth Apprenticeship and Wisconsin Fast Forward have demonstrated how students pursuing a pathway in science, technology and engineering can develop the life-long skills needed to meet the demands employers need."

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. More than 6,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia currently offer PLTW courses to their students.

For more information, visit www.pltw.org

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