Project Lead the Way Helping Students Earn College Credit

Posted at: 06/25/2013 8:59 PM
Updated at: 06/25/2013 10:13 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- Kingsland High School is one of three Minnesota schools offering courses in engineering for college credit. It's one part of their project lead the way curriculum. The results from this year’s tests went above and beyond the schools expectations.

A group of Kingsland High School students have big dreams.

"I've always thought of going into the medical field," said Josie Bellrichard.

"My career goal is to be a civil engineer," said Josiah Roth.

With many of them only 9th graders they already have some pretty big accomplishments. Each one of them has earned college credit in engineering.

"Having a college credit really influences my decision at least what I want to do where I want to go," said Hunter Meisner.

These students are the first to go through Kingsland's new Project Lead the Way Curriculum which includes courses in engineering, biomedical science, and technology. At the end of the year much like AP courses the students can take a test to try and earn college credits.

"Fifteen 9th grade students passed and two of those students passed two courses which is phenomenal," said Kingsland superintendent Joe McDonald.

The courses are built to be equal to college level curriculum.

"So when they go beyond high school they've already experienced that type of education and those skills," said McDonald.

The stem focused courses are designed to get the students interested in a stem career.

"I think that's going to help those students in any of those science and health fields as they use technology and math and even engineering concepts as we look at health related fields and the mayo clinic there's great opportunities for these students,"--McDonald

"I think I'm going to keep going into science and engineering because I passed it," said 9th grader Hannah Meyer.

"Having the credit now I think it will influence us to move toward that field," said Meisner.

While earning the credits were no easy task.

"It was hard, the teacher held a lot of study sessions," said Bellrichard.

Their success rate has definitely sparked pride in these students.

"We all did great, so we earned it," said Meyer.

Next year the school will offer three additional bio-medical courses as well as two more engineering courses. Several of the students say they have already signed up for a few of them.