Project Lead the Way


We are pleased to announce that in 2010 we became a collaborative partner of the University of Illinois Project Lead the Way (PLTW) affiliate, which coordinates Illinois statewide PLTW efforts in cooperation with the Illinois State Board of Education. PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the United States. 

We now award college credit hours for all PLTW students who successfully complete various PLTW courses in the pre-engineering high school curriculum with at least a grade of “B” in each course. Students will be awarded up to a maximum of seven credit hours towards their degree completion in one of the engineering or engineering technology programs offered by CEET. 

PLTW students will be awarded up to a maximum of seven credit hours for the following list of courses:

  • UEET 101: Introduction to Engineering (1)
  • TECH 294: Technology and Cultural Relevance (3)
  • MEE 270: Engineering Graphics (3)
  • TECH 211: Computer-Aided Design (3)
  • MEE 101: Energy and the Environment (3)

For further information please contact Stephen Samuels ( at 815-753-9961.

PLTW Success

  • 80 percent of PLTW seniors say they'll study engineering, technology, or computer science in college (Compared to 32 percent of students not in PLTW)
  • PLTW students achieve significantly higher scores in reading, math and science
  • 97 percent of PLTW students intend to pursue a four-year degree (Compared with 67 percent of students not in PLTW)