Tri County Tech Receives National Recognition for Commitment to STEM Education
Tri County Tech announced that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing transformative learning opportunities for students through its PLTW programs. Tri County Tech is just one of 143 PLTW high school programs across the US to receive this honor. There were 11 high school programs in the state of Oklahoma who received the Distinguished School recognition, and two are in Bartlesville. It is the second year for both Tri County Tech and one of its partner schools, Bartlesville High School, to achieve this honor.
Lindel Fields | Tri County Tech Superintendent & CEO
The PLTW recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Tri County Tech had to have 20 percent or more of its students in each grade participate in a PLTW program during the 2018-2019 school year.
Dr. Vince Bertram | President and CEO of PLTW.
Tri County Tech offers two PLTW programs: Pre Engineering and Medicine & Bioscience.
By engaging students in projects such as determining the identity of a skeleton using forensic anthropology, and diving into activities like designing a prosthetic arm, Tri County Tech’s PLTW Medicine and Bioscience program empowers students to build knowledge and skills in biomedical science, as well as in-demand, transportable skills like problem-solving, creative thinking, and communication.
Ashley Davis | Tri County Tech Medicine and Bioscience Instructor
Renee Tanner | Tri County Tech Medicine and Bioscience Instructor
Tri County Tech’s PLTW Pre-Engineering program engages students in activities like designing a bridge, programming electronic devices, or exploring the physics of flight. These activities not only build knowledge and skills in engineering, but also empower students to develop essential skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and perseverance.
Austin Shipman | Tri County Tech Pre Engineering Instructor
PLTW is was a natural fit for Tri County Tech, which continues to show its commitment to innovation for its students and communities. TCT has sustained the top 25% nationally rankings for student completion/retention and placement for nine years. The institution also increased adult graduate wages to well above the national average while growing its own revenues 34 percent since 2009–without federal funding and despite a sizable reduction in state funding. In 2018, TCT was one of five recipients of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a Presidential-level honor, recognizing exemplary practices among American organizations.
Tri County Tech’s forward-thinking focus, not only on customers but also their workforce has created a high-performing, grace-filled culture of excellence. TCT added another year of being Great Place to Work® Certified to its locker of accolades, five years in a row.