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    Lorain County JVS Program Receives National Recognition
    JVS Project Lead the Way seniors with Instructor Mr. Brian Iselin

    April 19, 2018

    Lorain County JVS was recently recognized as a Project Lead The Way Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through the PLTW Engineering program.

    Brian Iselin, Lorain County JVS PLTW Engineering Instructor, shared that the JVS is one of just 133 high schools across the U.S. and one of 7 high schools in the state of Ohio to receive this prestigious honor.

    “This is an important distinction for our program,” said Iselin. “It shows that we are among the premier PLTW Programs in the nation. My students and I are very proud to have received this award because it recognizes the success that we have had with the PLTW Engineering Program.”

    That success comes in the form of 97% of the seniors over the last six years starting college for engineering in 2 and 4-year colleges all over the country.

    The JVS PLTW students are learning from a Master Instructor for Engineering Design and Development; to which there are only 25 in the whole country. Being at this premier level means that Iselin gets input on the curriculum on a national level.

    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.

    “This award also helps us showcase the shared achievements of the students, the Lorain County JVS and our program's industry partners,” Iselin commented.   

    PLTW Engineeringempowers high school students to step into the role of an engineer and adopt a problem-solving mindset. Students engage in collaborative, real-life activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, and exploring algae as a biofuel source.

    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, the Lorain County JVS PLTW program had to meet the following criteria: Offer at least three PLTW courses; have 25% of students or more participate in a PLTW course, or of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33% took two or more PLTW course; and have 70% of students or more earn a Proficient or higher on PLTW End-of-Course Assessments, or 10% of students earn the AP + PLTW Student Achievement.

    “It is a great honor to recognize Lorain County JVS for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They are a model for what school should look like, and they should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.”

    These engineering skills are in high demand, especially with manufacturing making its return to the United States. The Lorain County JVS PLTW program is providing the students with the correct knowledge and skills to enter the workforce or continue their education.