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Additions to Technology Edducation Curriculum

ADDITIONS TO TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION CURRICULUM
A new $10,000 scholarship for technology education majors was unveiled at the Technology Education Conference at UW-Stout in October. The scholarship is a four-year award, worth $2,500 per year, for incoming freshmen who major in technology education with an emphasis in pre-engineering education. Twenty recipients will be selected each year among applicants who will start the program in the fall of 2007 and 2008.

Forty scholarship recipients will graduate with credentials to teach Project Lead the Way courses, a nationally acclaimed pre-engineering curriculum being adopted in junior and senior high schools across the country. It is UW-Stout’s association with Project Lead the Way that makes this scholarship unique among technology education programs in the nation.

The technology education program at UW-Stout is one of the largest producers of technology education teachers in the United States. It has maintained a national reputation throughout its history.

The technology education program has maintained a national reputation throughout its history by employing quality faculty known for implementing progressive programs. That tradition continues today as courses are now being aligned so that future teachers have the opportunity to graduate with credentials to teach Project Lead the Way courses.

Project Lead The Way Inc. is a national program designed to form partnerships among public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our education system. The program has developed 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.

With a $275,000 contribution from a private family foundation, UW-Stout’s technology education program is in the process of implementing the curriculum. Understanding the importance of enticing the best and the brightest students to the program, $100,000 of the donation will be used for student scholarships with a challenge of raising an additional $300,000 in scholarship support. For more information on contributing to pre-engineering teacher education scholarships, contact Todd Burns in the Office of University Advancement at 715-232-1151.

Additional information on Project Lead The www.pltw.org
Additional information about the technology education program at UW-Stout can be found by contacting:
Dr. Brian McAlister, program director, mcalisterb@uwstout.edu www.uwstout.edu/programs/bste/ 715-232-5609
Additional information on the scholarship requirements www.uwstout.edu/foundation/preEngineering.aspx