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OHPCC Graham satellite achieves new national certification

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center has added a new achievement to its long list of accolades.

Cheryl Hess, the Biomedical Sciences Instructor from Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, and Debra Wortman (pictured), Ohio Hi-Point’s Satellite Director, accepted a plaque proclaiming national certification from Project Lead the Way (PLTW) during a convention in Sandusky recently..

Project Lead the Way offers students either a pre-engineering or a biomedical sciences track in an effort to help schools increase the number and quality of engineers and biomedical science students graduating from colleges and universities in the United States.  

To achieve national certification, a PLTW school must adhere to strict requirements, including teaching the PLTW curriculum, administering the exams provided, working with local business and industry, and providing them a clear pathway into post-secondary education. 

Since the OHP Biomedical Sciences program has achieved certified status, students may now transfer high school credit earned in Project Lead the Way to several national and state PLTW affiliate colleges and universities.

The PLTW program has been adopted by 202 high schools, career centers and middle schools all over the state.

Kathy Sommers of the Ohio Department of Education, Project Lead the Way’s state leader for Ohio, sees the program as the best answer to Ohio’s workforce and employment issues.

“With 100 percent of the baby boomer population due to retire over the next ten to fifteen years, we are going to need all the engineers and trained biomedical people we can get,” Sommers said.  “Project Lead the Way can help to fill that gap-we see almost unlimited potential for growth in our state.”

Hess teaches Biomedical Sciences to over 50 students at Graham High School. The satellite program is a partnership between Ohio Hi-Point and Graham to bring career-technical education to students within the partner school districts.

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