COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 193
November 21, 2003
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Project Lead the Way Grant Award Opportunity
The Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education Services, is pleased to announce the availability of matching state funds in the amount of $50,000 per site for four Project Lead The Way (PLTW) grants. PLTW offers a four-year sequence of courses which, when combined with college preparatory mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college. The courses are Introduction to Engineering Design, Digital Electronics, Principles of Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Engineering Design and Development. Additional information about Project Lead The Way can be accessed at http://www.pltw.org.
The grant funds must be used to: a) establish a new state-of-the-art Project Lead The Way laboratory, or b) modernize an existing laboratory to fully implement Project Lead The Way. Grant recipients will be notified by January 30, 2004. All requests for grant reimbursement must be submitted by June 20, 2004.
Applications received will be given priority consideration based on the strength of the application and geographical/regional representation across the state. Previously funded sites include Montgomery County, Pittsylvania County, Prince William County, Richmond City, and Smyth County.
The following criteria must be met when submitting an application:
A 100 percent local match of funds is required (may use local or Perkins' funds).
Only applications completed in full will be considered. Faxed copies of applications will not be reviewed.
School divisions receiving the grants must commit to sending a lead teacher to the PLTW summer in-service workshop.
Robert A. Almond, Director
Office of Career and Technical Education Services
Virginia Department of Education
P O Box 2120 21st Floor
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
If you have questions concerning the attached application or the grant, please contact Robert A. Almond (email@example.com), director of career and technical education, at (804)225-2847, or George R. Willcox (firstname.lastname@example.org), specialist for technology education, at (804)225-2839.