Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

February 6, 2006

School program leading the way

Kokomo, state prime participants in national engineering program

One decision Steve Healy made as superintendent of Kokomo-Center Schools in 2000 continues to resonate through the corporation today.

Healy made the decision to integrate Project Lead the Way — a pre-engineering program designed to lead students into the profession — into Kokomo High School’s curriculum.

“He was the first superintendent to start the project in Indiana,” said Michael O’Hair, associate dean for statewide technology and engagement who oversees Purdue University’s Project Lead the Way involvement and co-chairman of the Indiana PLTW Leadership Team.

“He’s a pioneer. I let everyone know this started in Kokomo. It was offered the first time in Kokomo and now it is in 135 schools.

“He implemented this before Purdue even got involved officially.”

Project Lead the Way promotes partnerships between education and the private sector with the hope of increasing the quality and the number of engineers graduating from American colleges and universities.

Nearly 1,800 students in Kokomo-Center schools are involved in PLTW. Statewide, the numbers stand at about 14,000 in 135 schools. That’s second only to New York, where the program began in 1997-98.

Nationwide, PLTW is in 1,300 schools in 45 states.

O’Hair introduced Healy to PLTW.

“He’d asked me to come and take a look at a program that was coming out. Dick Blaze of the University of Rochester did the presentation,” Healy recalled. “Mike asked me what I thought.

“I said it sounded great. We’ve all been involved in projects that come and go and we decided that we were willing to give it a try for a year or so. After that, it sold itself.”

The work begun by Healy, now superintendent of Eastern Howard Schools, and O’Hair, and the success the project has had in Indiana has led to the state organization being recognized by the national office.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Bldg Wall Collapse 01 KipCor purchases partially collapsed downtown building A building that has long been a part of downtown Kokomo’s landscape will remain intact, but undergo extensive demolition, after being purchased by a company that has been active in the city’s redevelopment efforts. The Barko building, also known as t

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • mopeds Mo-ped law means some scooters now require license With more and more mo-peds hitting the streets, police are having a hard time enforcing new restrictions encompassed in the new scooter law. Mo-ped drivers can still cruise the streets and roads on their two-wheel machines, but the new state law, whi

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Supreme Court observers predict ‘wide open’ process of picking of next chief INDIANAPOLIS — State Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson surprised observers in June when he decided to step down after a brief tenure in the leadership post. Another surprise may be in store when his replacement is named. A seven-member panel

    July 29, 2014

  • Council committee to present dog ordinance draft Aug. 11 Kokomo Common Council committee members will provide a draft of proposed changes to its dog ordinance at its Aug. 11 meeting. The release date for the draft was pushed back following a committee meeting where 25 members of the public aired their conc

    July 29, 2014

  • NIPSCO donates $50K to YMCA campaign The Northern Indiana Public Service Company donated $50,000 Tuesday to the Kokomo Family YMCA's Beyond the Bricks campaign to build a new Y in downtown Kokomo. "The Y is a great resource for the community, so we're glad to help it grow and add to the

    July 29, 2014

  • Indiana BMV asks court to delay vanity plate sales INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has asked the state Supreme Court for permission to continue its suspension on sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled. The Indiana attorney general's office announced Monday it ha

    July 29, 2014

  • Fatal wreck UPDATE: Woman killed in overnight wreck near 31-931 split

    One person was killed late Monday night in an automobile accident involving a car and semi-trailer truck in the northbound lane of U.S. 31 near the junction with U.S. 931.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Higher ed chief rolls out class load campaign INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's higher education commissioner wants college students to get the message that they should take at least 15 credit hours each semester if they expect to graduate on time. Commissioner Teresa Lubbers on Monday kicked off a

    July 29, 2014

  • Commission postpones rezoning vote for Functional Devices land TIPTON — Residents of Prairie Acres subdivision will have to wait at least two more weeks to learn the fate of a pair of zoning requests from Functional Devices. At Monday’s regularly-scheduled bi-weekly county commissioners meeting, city-county plan

    July 29, 2014

  • Illinois man leads police on high-speed chase PERU — An Illinois man driving at speeds of 120 mph led officers from three counties on a high-speed chase Sunday before crashing into a utility pole. Peru police say Isaac K. Hoefling, 31, Lamont, Illinois, was first pulled over by Howard County dep

    July 28, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.