Many Lorain County Community College students explore College Tech Prep through Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses, which are offered in partnership with career-technical centers at Lorain County JVS (LCJVS), Lorain High School, EHOVE Career Center, Medina County Career Center, Polaris Career Center and many others.

Project Lead the Way is a nationally renowned engineering curriculum that is designed to help students explore and succeed in engineering, science and technology careers. Classes begin at a student’s home high school with a course taken in the freshman or sophomore year, as a prerequisite to enter the two-year program. Students who choose to continue the PLTW program through LCJVS have an added benefit to their Tech Prep program. LCJVS Project Lead the Way students are able to take their junior and senior courses at a satellite location on LCCC’s campus. Academic courses are usually taken at a student’s home school or through College Credit Plus at LCCC.

The students in College Tech Prep “get a hands-on experience many engineers don’t get until sophomore or junior year of college,” as well as internship opportunities, Lorain resident and high school senior Paul Casper said.

In addition to his advanced coursework in Project Lead the Way, the Lorain resident has completed a summer internship at Nelson Stud Welding in Elyria. Today he works in the engineering lab on the LCCC campus during courses he takes in partnership with the Lorain County JVS.

Casper plans to earn a mechanical engineering degree and minor in materials engineering. “I hope to work for the company I interned for,” he added.

Students who choose to continue the PLTW program through LCJVS have an added benefit to their College Tech Prep programs. The students are able to take their junior and senior courses at a satellite location on LCCC’s campus. Academic courses can also be taken at a student’s home school.