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High schoolers can earn hours in Engineering Technology at NSU.
PLTW courses good for college credits
Formal announcement set for Oct. 16
Leah Jackson

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will begin awarding college credit in engineering technology to high school students who complete Project Lead the Way classes. The university will make a formal announcement at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in the President’s Conference Room in Caspari Hall.

 Project Lead the Way is a non-profit program designed to introduce engineering principles to elementary, middle and high school students by integrating age-appropriate math, science and technology projects into a curriculum that encourages youngsters to pursue careers in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM). Administrators hope the program will help today’s students be productive in global and domestic workforce markets. Northwestern State is the Louisiana affiliate university for PLTW and offers training and support to schools and PLTW teachers throughout the state. 

“This initiative is part of the university’s continued support of Project Lead the Way and an excellent recruiting tool to attract more students,” said Dr. Ali Ahmad, head of NSU’s Department of Engineering Technology.

The initiative aligns with Northwestern State’s and the University of Louisiana System’s efforts to match a trained workforce with high-paying jobs available in high tech manufacturing and enhances NSU’s focus on creating awareness among students about jobs available and lucrative in-state career opportunities.

For more information on the Oct. 16 announcement, contact Christina Lake, assistant director of recruiting for Project Lead the Way, at

For more information on Project Lead the Way, visit or For information on NSU’s Department of Engineering Technology, visit