Students with critical thinking, creative skills, and a problem solving mentality are in high demand by manufacturing, architecture, and other industries. Those who become proficient in basic engineering skills and develop a solid professional image will have many career and educational opportunities.
The Engineering / Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum is designed to work in partnership with two pre-requisite programs taught in local schools: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and Principles of Engineering (POE). For students who complete these prerequisite courses or have instructor approval, the Career Center offers Digital Electronics (DE) and Engineering Design and Development (EDD).
First semester students in the DE course will use computer simulations to learn about the logic of electronics while designing, testing, and constructing circuits and devices – including micro-controllers and programmable robots.
In the second semester, students can complete the EDD course, where they will work in teams to develop engineering solutions through research, design, and construction. Mentors from related businesses will guide students through real-world experience.
The Career Center’s PLTW program will prepare students by immersing them in rigorous engineering problems. Successful students are academically strong, and self-motivated. Some of the skills acquired in this class include 3D computer modeling software, product design, and engineering concepts.
Students from any high school can also join our FIRST Robotics team. The team begins meeting in January and jumps into the challenges and team activities that go along with building a robot for competition.
Not sure if you are a good fit for this program? Each program has a list of recommendations to follow when placing students in classes called "SUCCESS INDICATORS". Students do best when their characteristics align with these recommendations.
- Civil Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
Career Credentials & Certifications
- Certified Solidworks Associate (CSWA)
Students enrolled in this program are eligible to take classes at Jackson College while remaining a high school student through the Jackson County Early College (JCEC). Students commit to a 13th year of high school and can complete a degree or certification that transfers to major universities at little-to-no additional cost. Students must commit by October of their junior year to be a part of the JCEC.