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Kiamichi Tech - Idabel Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students

Posted Date: 05/08/2023

Kiamichi Tech - Idabel Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students

IDABEL, Okla. – Kiamichi Tech – Idabel has been recognized as a 2022-23 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. It is one of 492 schools across the U.S. to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through PLTW Pre-Engineering. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S. 

“This much-deserved recognition is a testament to our outstanding program, instructors and students,” said Shelley Ebert, Idabel Campus Director. “We are fortunate to be able to offer such a rigorous, high-quality program to our partner school juniors and seniors, and we would not be able to do so without our incredible instructors, Amy Clardy and Jenny Hicks.” 

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Kiamichi Tech had to meet the following criteria: 

  • Offer and had students enrolled in at least three PLTW courses;   
  • Had 25 percent of students or more participate in PLTW courses, or of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses;  
  • Had 95 percent of students take the End-of-Course (EoC) assessments; 
  • Had strategies and procedures in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender and can support such claims with relevant data. 

Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. 

“We are proud to recognize Kiamichi Tech for their commitment to providing students with exceptional educational experiences while ensuring equitable access to PLTW programs,” said Dr. David Dimmett, PLTW President and CEO. "We congratulate them on this achievement and celebrate their important work empowering students with the knowledge and skills to succeed, not only in STEM subjects, but also more generally in life and career." 

For more information about the PLTW program at the Kiamichi Tech – Idabel, contact the campus at 580-286-7555.