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models for other school districts. Colleges and universities provide strategic regional leadership, involve industry, and assist school districts to achieve the goals of the program. School Partnering Teams advise and support the school districts in their operational plans.

A critical component of the Project Lead The Way program is its teacher training model. It was developed to provide the most intensive and comprehensive training to teachers becoming part of Project Lead The Way. The curriculum these teachers are required to teach utilizes cutting edge technology and software requiring specialized training. Significant attention is paid to assessing the teachers' readiness for training. If necessary, teachers then receive readiness training provided by their schools to prepare them for the intensive core training provided during a Summer Training Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology and National Affiliate Training Centers throughout the United States. Ongoing training supports the teachers as they implement the program and provides for continuous improvement of skills.

Understanding that another key to success is awareness, PLTW makes a concerted effort to inform school counselors about the benefits of the program, as well as the wide array of technology jobs and careers

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