COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 193

November 21, 2003

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

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.

 

Applications from school divisions are to be received at the Department of Education by 4 p.m., Monday, December 22, 2003, to be considered for funding and are to be delivered to:

 

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 (ralmond@pen.k12.va.us), director of career and technical education, at (804)225-2847, or George R. Willcox (gwillcox@pen.k12.va.us), specialist for technology education, at (804)225-2839.

 

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