GISD engineering program qualifies for college credit

January 26, 2013

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The Granbury school district celebrated a new agreement that will provide college credit for students taking Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes at Granbury High School and Crossland Ninth Grade Center.

Assistant Superintendent Carol Howard reported to the school board Monday night that the district reached an articulation agreement with the University of North Texas.

The agreement will award up to nine hours of college credit for three classes in the high school program.

The agreement will officially begin during the 2013-14 school year.

However, students who have completed these courses by the end of the 2012-13 school year may qualify for credit if they receive a course grade of at least 85 and achieve an 80 on all three sections of a national exam.

Although GHS is small compared to many U.S. high schools offering the engineering classes, about 200 students are enrolled in the classes at GHS and Crossland with an additional 250 taking the precursor Gateway to Technology (GTT) class at Acton Middle School and Granbury Middle School.

Leading the charge in the classroom are GHS teachers Jud Griffith and Greg Belleau. GTT instructors are Jon Allen and Brad Eppler at AMS and Todd Gibson at GMS.

PLTW prepares students to be productive leaders and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to the world, Howard said.

“The program provides a rigorous education through an engaging, hands-on curriculum and helps students develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning,” she said.

In the classes, GHS and Crossland students are building contraptions, learning about drafting and graphic design on the computer and using real lab equipment.

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