List of PRIME Schools

ALABAMA:

Calera High School, Calera, AL
Calera High School provides an enrollment of approximately 900 students, grades 9-12, with a learning environment in which students can acquire skills to become productive and responsible citizens and enjoy successful careers. The school provides a positive learning experience through quality teaching, a safe environment, and curriculum that meets the diverse needs of all students. Their pre-engineering program offers opportunities for student scholastic achievement with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum.

CALIFORNIA:

Hawthorne High School – Los Angeles, Calif.
Established in 2004 on the campus of Hawthorne High School with 34 students, today the School of Engineering and Manufacturing has 347 students and has a rigorous educational program built on the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum, a nationally recognized leader in engineering curriculum at the high school level. It is a California Partnership Academy through the California Department of Education and is a PLTW Model School (2008-2009), one of 14 schools out of 3,000 nationwide. HHSEM students reflect all walks of life, multiple ethnic and religious backgrounds, varied levels of educational proficiency, and involvement of SME Los Angeles & Ventura County Chapter #173.

Esperanza High School, Anaheim, Calif.
High School, Anaheim, California, is a comprehensive four-year public high school that is part of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. The school serves an enrollment of 1808 students of the primarily residential community in the northeast part of Orange County. It is a California Distinguished School and is home to numerous academic clubs and various C.I.F. championship athletic programs. With an API of 861, the school’s rank is in the top 25 percent of Orange County high schools and in May 2007, received a full six-year clear accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  

Petaluma High School, Petaluma, Calif.
Petaluma High School is a public high school located in the city of Petaluma, California in the Petaluma Joint Union High School District. The educational mission of its instructional program is to provide a student-centered academic and vocational curriculum. Students can self-select a pathway leading to certification at graduation, leading to post-secondary opportunities, credit enhancement, or directly to the workforce. This curriculum fosters responsibility, citizenship, communication, respect for others, for the world in which we live, and promotes lifelong learning. In 1992, Petaluma High School was named a California Distinguished School.  

San Pasqual High School, Escondido, Calif.
Students at San Pasqual are given a strong grounding in the manufacturing trades, particularly general constructionOver the course of a full school year, students are introduced to 18 construction trades. Stations are set up throughout the classroom, with each station representing a different trade (such as drywall, painting, electrical, plumbing, masonry, woodwork, and cabinet making). Students rotate stations every 10 to 15 days. As they build their projects, they learn how to work with different raw materials and operate complex tools.

COLORADO:

Coronado High School, Colorado Springs, CO
Coronado High School fosters a continuously evolving curriculum, one that strives to remain in alignment with the real-world needs of the manufacturing industry. To this end, Coronado High recently added a Manufacturing Fabrication course, which focuses on developing technical drawing and CAD skills.  Students interested in aviation engineering receive strong support from local employer, Lockheed Martin, via their collaborative, school-based program “Engineers in the Classroom.” This program gives students the chance to learn from Lockheed’s aerospace engineers and provides scholarship opportunities. 

FLORIDA:  

East Lake High School, Tarpon Springs, FL
East Lake High School’s deep connection with local businesses provides engineering students with a unique opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience. Their education model includes a built-in, 6-week summer internship as well as other work assignments throughout the school year

This nationally recognized robotics program received an unexpected boost in 2005 when students were asked to participate in an 18-hour build on the local set for ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover, Home Edition.

ILLINOIS:

Wheeling High School - Chicago, IL
Wheeling High School, Wheeling, Ill., is a public, culturally diverse, four-year comprehensive high school with a STEM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Established in 1964, the school is one of six schools in Township High District 214. Course offerings and content are grounded in relevance to the new economy and industries being served providing college credit bearing courses and entry level career certifications including information technology, engineering, architecture and advanced manufacturing. A network of industry professionals from a wide array of fields provides guidance and support.

INDIANA:

Area 31 Career Center at Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis, IN
At the Area 31 Career Center, students can study to receive seven industry-recognized certifications from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and APICS: The Association of Operations ManagementThey also have the chance to earn up to eighteen dual college credits in Advanced Manufacturing.

McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology, Indianapolis, IN
McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology is a career and technical high school supporting students from Lawrence Central High School, Lawrence North High School and CTE students from Lawrence Township, Indiana.  The McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology houses state-of-the art equipment, materials and curriculum.  The center embraces rigorous academic programs and diverse technological career courses, which prepare its students for all post-secondary education—two & four year colleges, military service and advanced technical training in a variety of business, medical and industrial fields.  A high concentration of our student population is involved with Project Lead the Way courses in pre-engineering and biomedical science.  Students receive dual college credit and national certifications in their fields of study.

Walker Career Center, Indianapolis, IN
The Walker Career Center, established in 1976, is attached to the Warren Central High School, Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, serves over 3000 students in grades 9-12 and offers twenty-four career and technical education programs equipped with state-of the-art technology delivered by a quality staff. Each program offers excellent instruction and most programs lead to an industry certification or college dual credit which in most cases, is free to their students. The Metropolitan School District of Warren Township district serves 11,500 students K-12.

IOWA:

Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls, IA
Established in 1863, Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls, Iowa, serves 1,125 students, and 90 teachers. It is part of the Cedar Falls Community School District which is home to six elementary schools, two junior high schools, one alternative high school, and one high school. Courses of Study support vocational and academic plans. Courses satisfy elective requirements for World Studies, Personal Economics, Health, Practical Arts, and General Administrative. Cedar Falls High School offers several ―concurrent classes. Because of a partnership with Hawkeye Community College, students may enroll in college-level courses taught during the regular school day. Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn both high school and college credit.

MASSACHUSETTS:

Westfield Vocational Technical High School, Westfield, MA
Westfield Vocational Technical High School, Westfield, Mass., is a public high school established in 1911 which recognizes career and technical education as an integral part of the public school system. This is exemplified by its facilities and certified and professional personnel meeting industry standards in both state and federal legislation, Chapter 74, Section 2 of the Massachusetts General Laws defines vocational education as: “Education of which the primary purpose is to fit people for profitable employment, or for advancement while employed.” Westfield students are prepared for careers which are common in modern industry and which offer an abundance of job opportunities upon graduation.

Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA
Access to state-of-the-art equipment is just one of the benefits available to students at Worcester Technical. Donated by local businesses through agreements called “entrustments,” manufacturers have installed thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment onsite at Worcester. In exchange, businesses can access the facilities to train their employees or demo their products for potential customers. 

Students alternate between academic classes one week, and hands-on, applied instruction the other week. Local business leaders can weigh in on the curriculum through a special advisory board. This close interaction with manufacturers helps ensure that what students learn remains closely aligned to real world needs.

MICHIGAN:

Jackson Area Career Center (JACC), Jackson, MI
The Jackson Area Career Center is a service of Jackson County Intermediate School District and provides its students with career and technical educational classes, industry certifications, and free college credit, and guidance counseling services. More than 38,000 students have experienced Career Center CTE opportunities and possibilities through hands-on and applied learning. JACC maintains strong relationships within the community, which includes employers, local school districts, and higher education institutions.             

MINNESOTA:

Saint Michael-Albertville High School, St. Michael, MN
One of the unique strengths of Saint Michael-Albertville’s manufacturing program is how well they have intermingled teaching traditional as well as contemporary high tech skills.While more than 200 students are currently taking classes in welding and fabrication as well as wood furniture and cabinetmaking, they are also taking courses in computer integrated manufacturing and digital electronics. 

Students regularly compete in the MTEEA SuperMileage Challenge, which takes place in May. They build their own fuel-efficient vehicles, including their own gears and sprockets.

MISSOURI:  

Summit Technology Academy - Kansas City, MO
Summit Technology Academy (STA) created in 1997 by the Lee's Summit R-7 School District is located on the campus of the Summit Technology Center in Lee's Summit. It is an off-campus pre-professional learning opportunity for high school students seriously interested in the course technology-based courses of study. Professional IT certifications and dual college credit is offered through Metropolitan Community College, University of Central Missouri, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. It is a member an area-wide consortium of districts - the Career Education Consortium.      

NEW YORK:

Cazenovia High School, Cazenovia, NY
In the belief that competition fosters creativity, the faculty and students in Cazenovia’s engineering program launched an electric car-racing program in 2005. Under the tutelage of volunteer engineer mentors, students design and build their own cars, reaching speed of up to 40 miles per hour. The racing program has been a huge success, with over 30 schools throughout New York State now participating.

NORTH CAROLINA:

Hopewell High
School, Huntersville, NC
Working with an advisory board that includes corporations such as Husqvarna, Newell Rubbermaid, Duke Energy, and Ingersoll Rand, engineering students at Hopewell High School are able to combine classroom learning with invaluable work-based learning and field experiences such as job shadowing and apprenticeships.

OHIO:

Centerville High School, Dayton, OH
Centerville High School, established in 1885, is a public school of secondary education for approximately 2,800 students in grades 9–12 with staff of 192. It is the only high school in the Centerville City School District, which also includes three middle schools, six elementary schools, and two K-1. It is among the few public high schools in Ohio to receive a distinguished Great Schools Rating of 10 out of 10 and has the third highest student population in Ohio. CHS curriculum includes esoteric courses as well as vocational courses in the Performing Arts, Music, Preparatory College-Career, and the School of Possibilities (SoP) offering an alternative educational pathway. It also offers 25 Advanced Placement tests in 18 courses in science, mathematics, history, government, language, economics, and psychology. 

Kettering Fairmont High School, Dayton, OH
Kettering Fairmont High School, Kettering, Ohio, is a public, culturally diverse, four-year comprehensive high school with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) based education serving 2,300 students whose ACT scores are well above the national average with a graduation rate of 98 percent. A majority of students move on to higher education or specialized training. Kettering is an industrial first-ring suburb of Dayton, Ohio that has a local manufacturing base and is in close proximity to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The curriculum offered at Fairmont High School supports these industries with award-winning, Project Lead The Way manufacturing curriculum. In 2010, the Kettering District and Fairmont High School were rated "Excellent" by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

OKLAHOMA:

Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Francis Tuttle Technology Center, established in 1979, is named in honor of the founder of the Oklahoma CareerTech system, the late Dr. Francis Tuttle. The Center encompasses six public school districts serving 11,780 students who may attend Francis Tuttle tuition-free while in high school. Adult students are served by Adult & Career Development, Business and Industry Services, and daytime and evening Career Training Programs. The Center works closely with business and education partners with specific focus on workforce needs of the marketplace with the delivery of on-time, just-in-time, customized training.

SOUTH CAROLINA:

Wando High School, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Wando High School offers a strong foundation to students interested in biomedical as well as pre-engineering careers. Their Biomedical Sciences Program offers honors-track courses allowing students to receive college credit. Students in the engineering program are able to participate in internships with local engineering firms and various statewide competitions

VIRGINA:

Denbigh High School - Aviation Academy, Newport News, VA
An airport campus location is just one of the unique aspects of the engineering program at Denbigh High. The program provides a strong focus on introducing students to aerospace engineering, aviation management and technology as well as aviation maintenance. In addition to courses that can lead to CISCO certifications, students are able to take a FAA Pilot Ground School course that prepares them for flying lessons and private pilot licensure.

WASHINGTON:

Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA
With the support of administrators, students at Roosevelt High School gain hands-on experience with aeronautical engineering, engineering design, digital electronics, and computer integrated manufacturing in a non-traditional environment. Learning is highly integrated, with several classes simultaneously being taught by the same instructor. This unusual structure allows the instructors to move students from one class to the other as needed, making scheduling much easier for both faculty and students.

An emphasis is placed on teaching valuable project and process management skills. Students cultivate a learning mindset and well as resilience, acquiring the skill to bounce back and learn from failures.

WISCONSIN:

Bradley Technology and Trade School, Milwaukee, WI
Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade High School (Bradley Tech) is the premier technology and trade school of Milwaukee; with a rich history and every evolving future.  Located in the heart of the Walker’s Point neighborhood, Bradley Tech educates 1,200 students from across the city.  To support all of our students in achieving academic and personally success Bradley Tech offers a broad range of scholastic options, including clear pathways for students into four year universities, tech/trade education, and apprenticeships.