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Note to Journalists: This release is being distributed in collaboration with the Indiana departments of Education and Workforce Development. Journalists are welcome to attend the signing ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday (Nov. 26) at the Indiana Statehouse.


November 20, 2007

Purdue, state officials to formalize partnership boosting engineering education in Indiana's middle and high schools

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Officials from the Indiana departments of Education and Workforce Development and the Purdue University College of Technology will sign an agreement Monday (Nov. 26) at the Indiana Statehouse to formalize their collaborative involvement in Project Lead the Way.

The 2 p.m. signing will take place at Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed's office, Room 228, in the Statehouse. Reed; Teresa Voors, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development; and Dennis R. Depew, dean of the Purdue College of Technology, will sign the agreement.

"Indiana now leads the nation in the number of schools with Project Lead the Way curriculum, and much of that growth can be attributed to a strong spirit of collaboration between the state and Purdue," said Michael T. O'Hair, associate dean for engagement in Purdue's College of Technology and co-chairman of Indiana Project Lead the Way. "The state's backing has enabled us to get the word out to schools, receive more funding and grow the program in new directions."

Project Lead the Way is a national nonprofit effort that introduces engineering and technology curriculum to middle and high school students to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists. It is now in 231 schools across the state.

The original Project Lead the Way agreement included Purdue and the Indiana Department of Education as the program's state sponsors. The new agreement formalizes the partnership that now adds the Indiana Department of Workforce Development as part of the leadership team.

Purdue is the state's affiliate university for Project Lead the Way. In this capacity, the College of Technology provides teacher training for the pre-engineering curriculum and offers special programming for Project Lead the Way participants to further enhance their education and interest in pursuing engineering and technology careers.

The Indiana Department of Education's role includes promoting and communicating information about the program to all schools in the state, coordinating meetings with school officials, collecting data from schools, and coordinating state funding.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is charged with assisting with the assessment and promotion of the program and coordinating federal funding.

The signed agreement will be presented to Richard Blais, vice president and founder of the national Project Lead the Way, on Dec. 12 at the Indiana Project Lead the Way Counselor's Conference. The conference will take place at the UAW/Rolls-Royce Corp. Training Center, 2355 S. Tibbs Ave., Indianapolis.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998,

Sources: Michael O'Hair, (765) 494-2554,

Terri Schulz, leader of program innovation for the Department of Workforce Development, (317) 233-5663,

Patty Shutt, director of the office of career and technical education at the Indiana Department of Education. (317) 232-9162,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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