PCA Named a Distinguished School for STEM and Career Learning Program
Prattville Christian Academy was recognized as a 2020-2021 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for its Engineering Academy – the only PLTW-certified program in Alabama, in a private school setting. PCA’s Engineering Academy was one of 13 schools recognized in Alabama and the state’s only Distinguished High School honoree for the second year in a row. This national recognition confirms PCA’s commitment to empower students in industries that interest them.
“It is a great honor to recognize Prattville Christian Academy for their unwavering commitment to provide students with an excellent educational experience despite the unusual circumstances and unique challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented to the educational landscape this past year,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their achievements in unlocking their students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom no matter what career path they choose.”
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, PCA had to meet the following criteria in the 2019-2020 school year:
- 95% of students took the End-of-Course (EoC) Assessments
- 25% of students or more participate in PLTW courses, or of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses
- Offer and had students enrolled in a minimum of three PLTW courses
- Had strategies and procedures in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender and can support such claims with relevant data.
PCA’s Engineering Academy is a four-year program that teaches critical thinking and reasoning skills as well as the opportunity for students to work with their hands in a technologically advanced setting. PCA’s Engineering Academy, along with similar programs, offers students the chance to learn more about the profession they possibly want to pursue after graduation. These courses, Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Engineering Capstone, allow students exposure to the industry while learning valuable skills that will assist them in furthering their interests beyond high school.
PCA is proud to partner with Project Lead The Way as the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. PCA’s Engineering Academy enjoys access to world-class curriculum and a high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate and community partners, help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in the global economy.