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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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DWD Secretary Highlights Project Lead the Way at Elkhorn School District

National program delivers innovative STEM education programs to students across the district

ELKHORN – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today joined educational administrators, teachers and students of the Elkhorn Area School District to discuss the success of talent development initiatives such as Project Lead the Way (PLTW) in preparing future generations of the state's workforce. The District hosted a Project Lead the Way Visitation Day to build awareness of the program.

"As with innovative talent development strategies like Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward and DWD's Youth Apprenticeship programs, the national Project Lead the Way program helps students pursue interests and develop skills that could lead to good-paying careers in the future," Secretary Newson said. "Project Lead the Way centers on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which form the basis for knowledge and skills that we know are in demand by Wisconsin employers."

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. The Elkhorn Area School District has partnered with PLTW to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to elementary and high school students.

"I see bright eyes of excitement PLTW has generated in the students as they acquire the skills that will help them in every subject area and become lifelong learners," said Eryca Card, Elkhorn Area School District PLTW Coach. "PLTW has touched the lives of the students in ways that we cannot even imagine and is a program where we will not be able to tell where the learning stops, as it will continue throughout the students careers."

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 Wisconsin's economy.

Project Lead The Way 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 – including more than 450 in Wisconsin – and the District of Columbia currently offer PLTW courses to their students.

For more information about Project Lead the Way, visit www.pltw.org

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