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Program Description

Project Lead The Way | Engineering is a high school college tech-prep program designed to help students succeed in engineering, science, and technology careers. The Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program begins at a student's associate school with a course called Introduction to Engineering Design, taken in the sophomore year; it is a prerequisite to enter the two-year PLTW program. Currently the schools offering this prerequisite program in the tenth grade include:  Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Clearview, Firelands, Midview and North Ridgeville.

Students who may have opted to take the Introduction to Engineering Design in their freshman year have an option to take Civil Engineering and Architecture as a sophomore.  

Students who choose to continue the PLTW program take their junior and senior courses at a satellite location on the campus of Lorain County Community College. Academic courses are usually taken at a student's home school or at Lorain County Community College.

Mr. Brian Iselin is the PLTW instructor and is a National PLTW Master teacher for the Engineering Design and Development Course.  Mr. Iselin can be reached at or at 440/366-7027.

Program of Study

Sophomore Year

Introduction to Engineering Design (Prerequisite) (Articulated with LCCC courses CADD 214 & TECN 115)

3 Credits

2 Credits

Civil Engineering and Architecture (Elective for those completing IED as Freshman)

Junior Year Courses

Principles of Engineering

1.5 Credits

Digital Electronics

1.5 Credits

Senior Year Courses

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

1.5 Credits

Engineering Design  and Development

1.5 Credits

Academic requirements are usually taken at the student's home school or at Lorain County Community College.

Industry Certifications

OSHA General Industry Safety Training

College Credit

Agreements with many colleges/universities help students, who meet established criteria, earn college credit for courses taken at the JVS.  These credits can be transferred to the respective institution.  Potential college credits for Project Lead the Way students are listed below.  Credits listed are semester hours.

Lorain County Community College

Intro to College (STDEV 101)

1 Credit

Intro to Personal Fabrication (AETC 192)

1 Credit

Industrial Blueprint Reading* (TECN 115)

2 Credits

Intro to Inventor (CADD 214)*

3 Credits

Robotics and Automated Manufacturing (AETC 111)

3 Credits

Technical Problem Solving  (TECN 111)

3 Credits

Digital Electronics (ELCT 121)

4 Credits

*Taken as part of the 10th grade prerequisite program.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a nationally certified and accredited program. This means that National PLTW has agreements in place with several colleges/universities around the country where credit is awarded if the student fulfills all of the requirements of the particular educational institution. Each school is different and has different requirements. The complete listing of these schools and their current requirements can be found on the National PLTW website. The schools with an icon that says "college level recognition" offer possible college credits to PLTW students.

Math, English, Social Studies and other courses that offer dual high school and college credits are offered through partnerships with Lorain County Community College. More information about College Credit Plus is available on LCCC's website.

Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to become involved with the career-technical student organizations related to their programs, such as SkillsUSA. These organizations help develop leadership skills, cooperation, social interactions, and good citizenship. All members have opportunities to participate in regional, state, and national competitions to showcase their skills and earn college scholarships. Students who excel academically and have a commitment to community service may become a member of the National-Technical Honor Society.

Employment Resources

Strong partnerships between the JVS and business and industry partners help PLTW students gain work experience through work-based learning experiences and the JVS Summer Internship Program.  The JVS is committed to helping successful graduates find employment in their career field. A detailed explanation of the student eligibility requirements for these experiences is included in the student handbook.

The JVS maintains an online job board to help connect students and alumni to local employment opportunities. The JVS website also hosts links to online resources for labor market data, as well as statewide and national career information. 

Teacher Information

Mr. Brian Iselin

Dept: High School
Job Title: Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Lab Instructor - LCCC
Phone: (440) 366-7027
Email: Click here to send a message

Program Highlights

  • Principles of Engineering
  • Digital Electronics
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Engineering Design and Development
  • Capstone Project
  • OSHA General Industry Safety Training

Career Pathways

  • Architectural Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Robotics Technician

With Additional Training

  • Architectural Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • MEMS Technician
  • Mechatronic Engineer