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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Project Lead The Way?

Project Lead The Way® (PLTW) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes pre-engineering courses for elementary, middle and high school students. PLTW forms partnerships with public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our educational system. The National's Project Lead The Way website is http://www.pltw.org/


How did the PLTW program begin?

The PLTW curriculum was first introduced to twelve New York State high schools in the 1997-1998 school year. One year later, PLTW field tested its four unit Middle School Program in three middle schools. Today, the programs are offered in 8,000 elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


Where can I learn more about Project Lead The Way?

Cal Poly Pomona will offer two PLTW Information Conferences during the 2016-2017 academic year. More information regarding the Information Conferences can be found on the Information Conference webpage.


What to expect at Core Training?

Classroom hours will typically be between 8:00am - 5:00pm. After hour class study group is optional but is beneficial and highly recommended.


Can I purchase additional Cal Poly Pomona PLTW Polo Shirts?

Yes! The Polo Shirts are being sold for $20.00. Please contact Program Coordinator, Nicole Gutzke at cpp_pltw@cpp.edu regarding availability of size.


Where will Summer Training be located?

Training will be located in Bldg. 17 on campus.

Building 17


If I am flying into Ontario Airport, is there any transportation to Cal Poly Pomona?

Yes. Please contact Nicole Gutzke, Program Coordinator, to make arrangements. There is no shuttle service available to or from LAX airport.


Will I need a vehicle while attending Core Training?

A vehicle is not required for Core Training at Cal Poly Pomona. Though the campus is very beautiful, it is vast with hilly terrain and a number of steps. Attendees with walking issues may desire to use a vehicle to travel from the hotel on campus to the classroom. Cal Poly Pomona is mostly a commuter school and there are not very many stores or fast food venues within walking distance.


Am I required to stay in lodging if I live close by?

You are not required to stay at the hotel on campus. However, it is highly recommended. The classes are INTENSE and it is easy for a teacher to fall behind. Also, impromptu study groups often occur in the evening after class hours and are beneficial to understanding the material to a higher degree. These study groups are not mandatory.


Are there any workshops offered for PLTW outside of Core Training?

Cal Poly Pomona offers Refresher Workshops for PLTW instructors that have questions and need help with the curriculum they are teaching in their PLTW classes. More information can be found on the Refresher Workshop webpage.


What are the guidelines to enroll in PLTW?

  • Schools must have a signed Network STEM Agreement with Project Lead The Way before teachers can participate in Core Training.
  • New Teachers need to be added to your respective school staff on the PLTW website before they will be able to register to participate in the Readiness Training. Your Administrator or District Delegate will need to add your data to your school staff listing on the National PLTW LMS (Go to www.pltw.org).
  • Teacher Registration is completed online at the National PLTW website, www.pltw.org. Call PLTW School Relations at 877.335.7589 or email schoolrelations@pltw.org if you have any questions or issues.
  • Readiness training must be completed prior to be able to register for Summer training : https://www.pltw.org/pltw-professional-development-registration
  • After registering for a course at the National PLTW website, www.pltw.org, you will receive a Confirmation Email from National and CPP asking for more details about your training in California, such as hotel accommodations, meals and parking.
  • California teachers may go out-of-state for training if the course desired is not offered in California. If a teacher has extenuating circumstances that make it impossible to attend Core Training at CPP, the teacher must contact Affiliate Assistant, Nicole Gutzke to arrange taking the course in another state.


Where can I apply for Graduate Credit?

The requirements for Graduate Credit are listed here: Graduate Credit Requirements

To find a University near you for more information, please consult the following: College and University Affiliate Locator


Payment for Core Training should be made payable to:

Cal Poly Pomona Foundation

Attn: Project Lead The Way

3801 West Temple Ave. Bldg. 55

Pomona, CA. 91768-4038